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25 Ways to Use Pork Butt

Football season means one thing to me: pork butt, aka Boston butt, aka pork shoulder, cooked and served in every way, shape and form. Pork butt can be fatty with lots of connective tissues, making it the preferred cut for low and slow cooking. I prefer to buy bone-in pork shoulder unless I’ll be grinding or cubing up my meat for sausages or stews. And if you want to make sausage but have no meat grinder, ask your butcher to give you a hand and run the meat through the grinder.

Pulled pork is a delicious tailgating standby; you can’t go wrong with slow-roasted meat so tender that it falls apart with two forks, lightly drenched in some tangy-sweet BBQ sauce. And while I’m sure your go-to recipe is the best and that everyone always requests it, why not branch out a little and show that pork butt some love? Here’s the nudge you need to switch up your tailgating favorites.

  1. Have smoker, will travel? Brine your butt (yes, I went there) in molasses before smoking with Alton Brown’s Barbecue Pork Butt recipe. Keep the smoker going for MO Gridder’s BBQ Pork Butt sandwich or coat the pork in mustard and a dry rub for Smoked Boston Pork Butt.
  2. Throwback to the 25 Ways to Use Beer post with Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt (pictured above).
  3. Use a piece of boneless pork shoulder and store-bought kimchi for Korean comfort food at home: Kimchi Stew with Braised Pork.
  4. Brian Boitano serves his Braised Hawaiian Pork Shoulder with Mashed Parsnips and Celery Root — Pho Poi.
  5. Equally delicious served hot or at room temp, single-serving Pork Pies are a great (and filling) portable lunch option.

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