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Looking for Pig Knuckles in Philly

Tocookizbeaty Jan 4, 2014 12:00 PM

Really wanting to make a gorgeous roast pig knuckle, but having a hard time getting my hands on raw materials. Have tried Asian market and local butcher with no success. Anyone know a good source? Thx!

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    Philly Ray Jan 4, 2014 12:10 PM

    I'm pretty sure you can find them on 9th St at many locations.

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      gakski Jan 4, 2014 12:13 PM

      Try Rieker's in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia 215-745-3114.

      1. paulj Jan 4, 2014 12:15 PM

        You haven't seen pork hocks, shanks, feet, etc? Asian markets, in my experience, carry every part of the pig. But I haven't seen them use the term 'knuckle'.

        Here's on old thread discussing which part is the knuckle (which apparently is a German usage)

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          cwdonald Jan 4, 2014 12:23 PM

          Saw them at Reading Terminal market at Halteman's Family counter. They also have pig's feet, and ham hocks.

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            Cnote11 Jan 4, 2014 08:42 PM

            They sell it at this Chinatown market in the link below. I see it every time I go there in their section as soon as you walk in. They also have a butchery in the back on the other side of the cash register.


            1. Chemicalkinetics Jan 5, 2014 05:55 PM

              Is pig knuckles like pig feet or pig hoof?

              If so, you can find them in the Asian markets in Philadelphia Chinatown. I am sure you can find them elsewhere too, but I do know they carry them in Asian markets.

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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                Delucacheesemonger Jan 8, 2014 08:11 AM

                Pig shanks is a synonym.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                  Alan408 Jan 8, 2014 08:20 AM

                  Looking at the other links, it is a muscle from the ham

                  I am in Nor Cal, a local butcher (Lunardis) calls them pork tri tip. I have also seen them at Luckys (a Savemart Store ) also called pork tri tip. They are around 1-1 1/2 pounds.

                  1. re: Alan408
                    Delucacheesemonger Jan 8, 2014 08:44 AM

                    Before Smith & Wollensky was bought out, their NY location served a pig's knuckle the size of a football. When asked they said it was the shank of the pig. Also said it was an unsmoked ham hock.

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                      Alan408 Jan 8, 2014 08:52 AM

                      Doing some more research, there is a German dish that uses the shank

                    2. re: Alan408
                      caganer Jan 8, 2014 08:53 AM

                      In this case, Delucacheesemonger is right, I think. The term "pig knuckle" is one I've only seen in German restaurants in the US and on just about every tourist restuarant menu in central Europe, which I'm sure is where our restaurants got the term. (which I think is really just a bad translation that has managed to stick - the German word is much closer to hock than knuckle)

                      Everyone I've encountered has been a shank - from the foreleg, not the ham, with the bone.

                      And the big pork stores on 9th Street (Esposito, Cannuli) should have them.

                      1. re: caganer
                        Alan408 Jan 8, 2014 08:57 AM


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