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Jul 2, 2014 06:55 PM

Small family wants pulled pork. What cuts can you suggest?

I know a butt is a great pulled pork cut, but they are such large cuts of meat. Can you make pulled pork with any smaller size pork cut? Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    1. re: rjbh20

      Ditto. Either that or find a place that sells butt cut into smaller roasts and use one of those.

    2. There are only two of us here so when I make pulled pork I just freeze the surplus. I usually freeze it in two-portion amounts. It freezes well. A butt, picnic or shoulder is the best way to go for pulled pork.

        1. Pork shoulder roast or pork shoulder steak can be used for smaller quantity pulled pork.

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              No, in USA butt is a different cut (and price!) from shoulder. Around here, shoulder tends to be further cut into smaller steaks for sale, butt tends to be sold only in larger size roasts. Diagram at this link shows locations on pig.

              1. re: MidwesternerTT

                Im from nyc and at the farmer's market, they describe the Pork butt/Boston Butt as coming from the top portion of the shoulder. What they sell as shoulder comes from the lower part of the front shoulder. Pork butt is shoulder, just from a certain part of the shoulder.

                Pork Butt=Top Portion of the Shoulder
                Pork Shoulder=Bottom Portion of the Shoulder

                As another poster said, I dont know why OP cant ask the butcher to cut it down.

            2. There are just two of us and, as others say, cook and freeze. If you have a vacuum sealer aka Food Saver, it works great. If not, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then in a zipping bag.