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pork jowls in boston?

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Anyone know where I can buy pork jowls in Boston?

I've asked butchers in the north end, the folks at meat house brookline, and (tried) to ask Kam-man and C-Mart, even local stop and shops, but they told me they have everything but that one cut.

Closest I got was the butcher in the north end, who said I'd have to order a whole case of them. I'm okay buying a few of them, but a case is just too much for me to handle.

I have yet to try savenors butcher shop due to both their inaccessibility and the fear of price per pound.

I find it pretty crazy that this cut is so hard to find, I can find pig tails, ears, knuckles, neck bones etc, but when I ask for the jowls (which I understand is pretty popular down south) I get these crazy looks and people say it's impossible to get / not in their distributor catalogues.

Any help out there?


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  1. I've seen them at Savenors although it is a lot more common to see it in guanciale form which I doubt is what you want.

    1. I think porkjowls would be a good chowhound screen name. Bet McKinnon's in Somerville has em.

      1. have seen them on occassion at h-mart in burlington

        1. Saw 'Pork Snout' at C-mart mispelled '"Pork Snot' and it was on sale too.

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          1. re: ipsofatso

            maybe it was snot...

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Still not as bad as the package of mystery...something, I saw labeled simply as "Meat" 2.99/lb at Stop and Shop in Coolidge Corner.

              I worked as a butcher for about 8 months and I had never once seen anything like that.

              1. re: jefskil

                There's a display of bagged chicharrones at HKM that has the sign "Fried-out pork fat with skin attached." Which is accurate, but...yum?

          2. Try contacting a local meat producer? I know that I saw pork jowls / cheeks at the Davis Square Farmer's Market a couple of weeks ago, but I don't remember the name of the farm they were from.

            When I have asked about less-popular cuts, various farms have said that they are happy to bring custom orders to their regular farmers' markets.

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            1. re: maryv

              (it was Westminster Meats)

            2. Have you tried Lord Jeff's in Newmarket SQ?

              1. My grandmother used to use it regularly and she found it at Tropical Foods in Roxbury.

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                1. re: Johnresa

                  If this is within your travelling range, have you tried Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds? Concord, MA? I just checked their fridge yesterday. They have piggy feet and sometimes they sell bacon ends. I believe that they also sold jowl bacon when they process their piggies. They also have a lot of chicken feet and chicken guts! http://peteandjensbackyardbirds.com/i...

                2. I'm guessing the jowls are different from the cheeks. I know you can buy the cheeks (gunicale??) at Salumeria Italiana on Richmond Street in the North End.

                  1. I should point out I do not want guanciale; as that would be one of the end products :)

                    I would be both curing and smoking it for use in pasta's / braises / soups / rice and beans etc etc.

                    So just the raw unprocessed jowls are what I'm after.

                    Thanks for the suggestions, keep em coming!