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Oct 3, 2011 03:02 PM

Edmonton: Claws for pulling pork?

Hey all,

The subject sounds a bit painful, but I am looking for a local source of "claws" for shredding pork (aka pulled pork). One can find them online easily enough (photo attached) but I don't really have time to order online. I have checked BBQ Country, Lowes, Rona, and even the Bosch Kitchen Centre with no luck. Has anyone seen these in a store in Edmonton?

thanks in advance,

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  1. Try Home Outfitters - they have lots of gadgets, I think I remember seeing these, but they may also have been strange salad servers instead.

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    1. re: nsstampqueen

      Thanks nsstampqueen, I'll check them out. They still might work in a pinch. :)

    2. You have some already, they're called "forks". Or if you really want to get into it, you can use "hands". The "pro's" use the latter, often wearing rubber gloves.

      Why have another piece of unnecessary junk in your utensil drawers?

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      1. re: Scary Bill

        I have these, and they DO serve a purpose forks do not. They make it much easier to pick up a 10 pound pork shoulder that's been smoking for 10 hours and is nearly falling apart. Turkey too. I consider the shredding part just a bonus, but it is also easier to do with something hefty.

        1. re: sbp

          Just use a removeable roasting rack that splits in the middle. More stability and easier to use with any large hunk o' meat.

          1. re: Scary Bill

            To me, THAT'S the unitasker. And you can't pick up the hot metal rack with your bare hands. So you need oven mitts, too.

            I can use the claws to reposition, flip it during smoking, tear off a bit of bark, chase the kids. Also, I don't need oven mitts to remove the top grate of the smoker, since I can lift the grate up with the claws.

            1. re: sbp

              And you can be Freddy Krueger on Halloween.

      2. Your meat claw made it into a Chow article! Looks like Amazon has it.

        1. Try the

          The website will make your eyes bleed but the tool is the best for pulling pork if you have a lot to do. I have the claws but find they give me blisters if you are doing morethan 20 lbs or so. My last batch was 80 lbs. :)

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          1. re: computermike

            80 lbs, seriously? Wow. Please PM me your address the next time you're cooking so I can umm, make sure that this tool works as advertised. Yeah, that's it. ;)

            I bought the claws online, didn't have any luck locally.. I'd need a considerably bigger smoker (or more of them) to do the kind of quantity that would require the drill-operated equipment, I think, but the video is pretty damn impressive.

            1. re: milobloom_yxd

              Since this thread just got bumped anyway, an update. I basically just use the claws for handling/turning pork roasts on the smoker. I have used one of the electric drill operated "pork pullers" before and they do work amazingly well, they're just really pricey, so I've not purchased one yet. I imagine anyone with a welding shop could make one for far less than 70 USD or whatever they go for now online.