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    Costco pork butts

    I did 2 boneless pork butts from Costco on the BGE the other night. They were 7 lbs. & 8 lbs. after trimming. Cooked at 300-325 with peach and pecan wood added to the lump. Took 7 hours to an IT of 198. Although they were delicious, I'm probably done with the boneless ones rom Costco. Whomever did the boning at the processing plant has given a new name to butchering. The last several times I've bought these, I have experienced the same thing.Their boning is so sloppy that I had to tie them up in both directions so they wouldn't fall apart on the grill. Even though the bone-in at the local markets cost more, that's what I'm sticking with in the future. Plus you get a built in thermometer with the shoulder blade. Click image for larger version

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    Lately the bone-in butts have been $1.29 at Sam's Club, and they vary in size from maybe 7 to 10 pounds. I used to buy them often at Kroger on sale anywhere from 80 to 99 cents per pound, but have decided I don't like their pork as good as the ones from Sam's.

    I've never cooked a boneless butt....

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      #3
      I’m with you here in that I don’t them buy from Costco either. I always comb through the local weekly ads and when they get down to $.99/lb I stock up. Plus they’re individually pre packaged and ready for the freezer

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        #4
        For smoking I stick to bone-in butts only. Those Costco boneless shoulders are fine for the crockpot.

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        • Catmandu
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          And also good for grinding up for sausage.

        #5
        I've only done one from Costco and had the same experience. Makes you wonder who out there is cooking and asking for a product like this? I can't think of a good way to cook a butt where the bone doesn't just practically fall out.

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          #6
          I do buy them occasionally from Costco, yes I have to tie it up. But like above if I see some elsewhere for .99 lb I'll stock up.

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          • HawkerXP
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            I just bought a couple from Sam's, will see how these turn out.

          • jfmorris
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            HawkerXP I think you will be pleased.

          #7
          Agree with the comments on butchering. But, If the price is right, I still buy from Costco. Tying only takes a couple of minutes and I have not noticed a difference in flavor between one with a bone and one without. Big difference is the way I cook them now. I now cook them in a pan on a rack to save the drippings to mix back in.

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          • HawkerXP
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            Agree with the drippings! Or add some to your beans!! Yum.

          #8
          A lot of Costco's meat cutting sucks. I bought some boneless country style ribs once, and they were all sorts of shapes and sizes; I had to cut some of them down, andothers were so small I separated them for stew. Same thing with chicken pieces. And,the steaks are always too big (not for me personally, but for many).

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          • Ahumadora
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            How can a steak be too big?? Does not compute....

          • Murdy
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            Yeah, I knew I was setting myself up for that one. 😖😉

          #9
          I buy the Smithfield bone-in one's at Harris Teeter or Food Lion when they are on sale for .99/lb. I usually buy at least 2, sometimes 4 and drop them in the deep freezer as soon as I get home.

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          • jfmorris
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            I buy 8-10 when I see those prices, and freeze them.

          #10
          Funny, prefer the Costco because I can spread it out to get more surface area & more bark. Also get to cut the thinner sections off along the cook for “testing” purposes.

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          • Razor
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            Never thought of that. Good idea.

          #11
          Count me in with bone in crowd. If you have a restaurant depot card they have bone in usually around $1.35

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            #12
            My one experience with the boneless butts from Costco was ok. Not great, not terrible. I would buy them again if I found myself needing to cook for a large group and trying to keep cost down as much as possible, but for a smaller group or just my family I'd stick with the bone-in butts from Wegmans (I've been pretty happy with them) or a berkshire butt if I feel like splurging.

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              #13
              Looking good!

              They are a little sloppy after the de boning. When that happens, I usually just throw them on the smoker as is, sometimes I will cut them up into smaller pieces and cook them up. More bark that way too! The deal you get from Costco is worth it, IMHO.

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                #14
                I too prefer bone-in. Boneless ones that I've bought have always been floppy haphazard hunks. I try my best to just flop them down with the smaller floppier parts on the bottom, pinched in place by gravity.

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                  #15
                  I buy the 2 pack at Costco and like it. I always tie them if I’m going to smoke them. But, we often use them for Chile Verde, too. Or a pork stew like they make in northern France. Or I grab a bone in butt at Fred Meyer, when they aren’t expensive. Either way. other than having to tie them, I have found very little difference.

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