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Pork Shoulder Boston Butt Part 2

I ended up slow cooking what actually was an 8 pound, 8 ounce pork shoulder Boston butt covered in the oven, initially at a temp of 185 degree F for 3-hours nestled on sliced onions, with apple juice, sweet sherry, chicken broth and minced garlic. Then I raised the temp to 250 degrees F after talking to our daughter our culinary expert, and cooked it an additional 8 hours. Pulling the pork was more difficult than we expected. Both DH and I used forks to pull it. He ended up cheating a bit at the end, and sliced it and then pulled the individual slices. I teased him about cheating, and he said no one would ever know. Little does he know, I ratted him out here. I cut the roast in half to make it easier for both of us to pull the meat. After the pork was pulled, we added our favorite grilling sauce as well as some of the fluid from the bottom of the roasting pan. DH mixed the pulled pork mixture until well mixed. It yielded seven resealable bags of pulled pork mixture ranging in weight from 12.4 ounces to 13.8 ounces. I froze six of the bags, keeping one out for dinner tonight. I also collected all of the onions from the bottom of the pan to add to the sandwiches.

Recipe for pulled pork!

Pork Shoulder Boston Butt

Now, looking at the description of shoulder and butt in the same title, one would wonder how that is even possible? “Butt means the widest part of the pig.” Even though, my FIL and his brother were butchers, not all of the terms of the trade were passed down to my DH. I learned what I know about meat cuts from my Mom.  Also from our daughter who graduated from culinary school and worked as a butcher at a local organic market, before getting married and raising a family. So, DH got this hankering for pulled pork, and I said, we could cook it in the crock-pot. He Googled while at the food market, “What cut of pork is used for pulled pork?” Up popped: Shoulder. In the meat case was this 8 pound Pork Shoulder Boston Butt, which was a cut I normally don’t buy. DH said he remembered reading that when it had Boston in the name, it meant 1/2 a shoulder. So we purchased it. I found out real quick that it was way to big for my crock-pot!!! Funny thing is, when I was at the market, I was sure it was small enough to fit in the crock-pot. Only goes to show, one should measure and research what one needs before they get to the market. So now, I am cooking this thing, flying blindly. I told our daughter via text messaging that we had bought this giant thing and she laughed via the texting and said we were going to be eating pork for days on end. I replied, that we could freeze it in portions. Stay tuned for the update…