A fatty, tough cut, pork butt turns tender when slow and well-cooked for a long period. It's the traditional cut used to make bo-ssam , Korean-style roast pork, as well as for pulled pork sandwiches. Pork butts take well to being cooked slowly, whether in the oven or in a closed grill. Because of their long cooking times, pork butts on a grill are most easily done on a gas grill, as a charcoal grill requires constant replenishment of hot coals to keep the temperature low and steady.
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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. 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. Photo by: Tara Donne.
Despite its name, pork butt is actually a cut that comes from the upper part of the pig's shoulder. Pork butt is the higher end of the foreleg, whereas the Boston butt is down on the foreleg. Both cuts are tough pieces of meat with lots of connective tissue but also with great marbling and lots of flavors.
Using the recommended time and temperature guidelines will ensure that the meat is cooked to the minimum safe internal temperature, which is critical in preventing food-borne illness that can be caused by undercooked pork. Using an accurate meat thermometer is the best way to ensure the proper doneness of pork. Whether you are looking for a pork loin cooking time or a pork chop cooking time, use the following chart as a cooking time and temperature guide for pork cuts including ham that are cooked in the oven, grilled, or are inserted into an oven bag prior to cooking. See the article, " Pork Doneness " for additional information on determining the proper doneness of pork.