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Sep 15, 2010 02:28 PM

Pork shoulders in NoVA?

I was wondering if anyone has any experience buying pork shoulders around NoVA (preferably Arlington area)...availability has been hit and miss the last couple times I have looked.

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  1. God I know what you mean. I have been plagued by this for over two years now. Does Whole Foods *ever* carry pork shoulder?

    I've had success at Harris Teeter and Wegman's. But the best source I've found is the pork guy at the FreshFarm farmer's markets - anybody know the name?

    His pork is incredibly better than what you can get at a grocery store. It doesn't even look the same.

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    1. re: Raids

      Pork shoulder isn't the sort of thing that rich people eat (except rich people who like to barbecue) so it's not surprising that you haven't found it in the meat case at the snooty markets. Shopper's almost always has it, as do most of the "normal" grocery stores. A few people have mentioned the Bestway markets as a good source.

      One year )or maybe every year) at the Alexandria Scottish Festival, they used a pork shoulder in a plastic trash bag as a substitute for the real thing in the haggis toss contest. <g>

      1. re: MikeR

        Exactly. Try a Giant or a Safeway or a Shopper's. I never have any problem finding them at the Giant Eagle. They're sometimes called picnic shoulders.

    2. Springfield Butcher is great. High quality meat and excellent customer service.

      1. Any butcher (even in the chain supermarkets) can get you just about any cut, you just have to ask and wait a day or two for it to show up. Shopper's usually has this cut in stock if that is what you need, though.

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        1. re: justaddwater

          Costco (Fredericksburg, VA) always carries boneless pork shoulder in a two-pack. Throw that in a smoker and you're good to go. The pork shoulders are about 6-7 pounds EACH so there is lots of meat in one package.

          1. re: Vera

            Nice -- we could have used that last week. Our Costco (Chantilly VA) had 12-lb pork shoulders this past weekend, so Mrs. W had to cut one in half since her crockpot recipe called for a 6-lb shoulder. That made a TON of delectable meat. Now after stuffing ourselves with pork, we have two bags in the freezer, each with 1.75 lbs of leftover meat, plus a six-lb piece of still uncooked shoulder.

        2. Glad to hear it isn't just me! The local Giant hasn't been at all reliable for carrying pork shoulder.

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          1. re: Aravisea

            Call ahead to the meat department and tell them what you want. They will generally accomodate you. I usually call a few days ahead for a whole fresh ham a few times a year. Sometimes Safeway, sometimes Giant. They will all pretty much come through if you give 'em a little notice.

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              Thanks for the tip. I suppose calling should have occurred to me but it definitely did not. :)

            2. re: Aravisea

              Or, as someone said above, go to any Shoppers. I've always found them there. At least the stores in the close-in suburbs, where there is a large hispanic population.

              1. re: MartinDC

                You could also try one of the asian markets, like H Mart or Grandmart, although i'm liking the Costco option.

                1. re: nickdanger

                  Costco carries the Boston butt portion of the shoulder but not the bone in (pork shoulder picnic), if that's what the OP wants. The Boston butt portion is easy to find. I see the pork shoulder picnic at Shoppers all the time but not other places.

            3. As others have said, Shoppers always has pork shoulders. At least ours does. Usually pretty cheap too.