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Mar 15, 2014 08:04 AM

question about slow roasting pork shoulder

For the last year, I've been having issues with slow roasting pork, whether its shoulder or ribs or butt. When I go to my local stores the pork I get has this really strong urine like smell that remains even after I cook the meat. I bought a pork butt at aldi a month or so ago and it fared pretty well until I got a fatty piece and it had a slight smell. I'm wondering if my method of cooking (low and slow, 225-250) is either causing good meat to go bad while its being cooked or if I'm not cooking long enough at low temperatures to properly cook the fatty and sinewy parts? I'm also wondering if anyone else is having a problem with the pork their buying smelling terrible.

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  1. where do you buy your meat (other than at aldi)?

    1. I've experienced the same off putting smell you speak of, but I never associated it with urine, just foul. You method of cooking is not the problem. Most likely the causes are the particular pig you have before you(type)...or, because of the way it was handled before it got to the market, or by the market itself. I suspect the times I've had it happen to me, the meat might be a little older than normal. Usually when I have the problem, it's because I purchase the meat and do not get to cook it in a timely matter and it sits in the refrigerator for more than 5 days....but usually over a week. I get the same problem with cryovac packaged ribs or loins.

      1. I used to buy them at local supermarkets; Met, Associated, C-town, etc., but I've pretty much stopped eating pork because every time I would buy a cut from any of those stores the meat would smell off. I think they are selling uncut male hog meat and the hormones are affecting the smell.

        1. from my experience, it's the smell that accumulates from the meat being in the cryovac. i usually was the meat and put it in the fridge to air out before i cook it.

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          1. re: simplelife

            Actually bought a shoulder from Pathmark today and took it out of the cryo pac and it smells okay. Just marinated it after it sat in the fridge for 10 hours. Gonna start it in the morning :)

          2. Cryo-vac'd pork that has gone "off" in my world always smelld like sulfur to me.

            And noticabley rancid once opened.

            Keep in mind I see packaages of things all the time that should be kept cold or frozen in parts of the grocery where they should not be due to dumbass customers.
            Theft attempt? perhaps. Change of mind? Perhaps.

            Urine smell? Can't say I've had that experience.
            Sulfur smell of pork gone bad via a cryovac grocery buy?
            Oh hellz to the yes.

            And no, it's not nor should be typical of any meat. Pork or any other.


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            1. re: jjjrfoodie

              I really don't know; over the course of a year, I bought 3 different cuts from 3 different local supermarkets. On different occasions, I ordered sliced shoulder, shoulder and ribs and they all had this smell. Even bought pork (pernil) from a local spanish restuarant and it had this off smell. I think the local stores are using uncut male pigs for their cuts to keep the prices for their pork down and desirable.