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  • jhapka
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    • May 2019
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    • Grand Rapids, MN
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    Deboned Pork Butt Question

    I picked up a pair of Costco pork butts today. It had been so long since I had been in the hallowed halls of Costco that I forgot they are deboned. Should I truss this thing or use toothpicks to hold the end together or just let it be?
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4492
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    #2
    Hmm, I think we’re gonna need a photo or two In Sweden most butts are deboned, and I never have to truss ’em, but it all depends on the butcher. How does it look?

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    • JoeSousa
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      #3
      I usually tie them up a bit. Nothing fancy, just a couple of strings to keep it all together

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      • Red Man
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        • May 2018
        • 1295
        • Western Washington

        #4
        Yup, I usually tie up boneless butts.

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        • Starsky
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          • Dec 2020
          • 204
          • Midlothian Il.

          #5
          I've used bamboo skewers in the past

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          • Oakgrovebacon
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            • Apr 2016
            • 2006
            • South central Illinois

            #6
            I have not had one from Costco, but I have deboned a few. More area for rub. I just squeeze them up on the the grate to cook for pulled pork.

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            • scottranda
              Charter Member
              • May 2015
              • 1862
              • Charlotte, NC

              #7
              I tie up the boneless. And that’s why I don’t buy pork butts from Costco anymore.

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              • jhapka
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                • May 2019
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                #8
                Henrik
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                • Mr. Bones
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                  Yup.

                • Henrik
                  Henrik commented
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                  Truss it up for sure.

                • Sweaty Paul
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              • jhapka
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                • May 2019
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                #9
                Thanks for the tips folks. Used a small skewer to hold things in place

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                • HawkerXP
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                  • Jul 2016
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                  • Virginia
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                  #10
                  If I plan to hang on PBC I will tie it up.

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                  • fracmeister
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                    • Jul 2014
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                    • Sprang, TX
                    • Dances with lemmings

                      (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

                    #11
                    Tie them. Learn the butcher's knot. It is your friend

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                    • fzxdoc
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                      • Jul 2014
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                      #12
                      I often slice large pork butts in half for more rub/bark area, so one half is boneless. I don't cinch it up unless it won't hang well (parts are too floppy) in the PBC or will slide apart on the WSCGC grate. Then I use one or two of these silicone cooking bands. In my experience, they don't pull the bark away as much as string can sometimes do in the removal process.

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                      • jhapka
                        jhapka commented
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                        fzxdoc that’s super cool thanks for the link

                      • Bumby
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                        I hate tying sooo much. Thanks for this idea and link - I have a pack arriving this week.
                    • tiewunon
                      Club Member
                      • May 2020
                      • 522
                      • Virginia Beach, Va

                      #13
                      Boneless Butts also do well on the rotis with a mop interval.

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                      • rickgregory
                        Founding Member
                        • Aug 2014
                        • 1173
                        • Seattle, WA

                        #14
                        You could tie them up or split it (basically butterfly it) and smoke it that way. Which is what I do now since I want more smoke influence in pulled pork and big thick chunks work against that.

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