How to Trim a Boston Butt Pork Shoulder

Chef Tom takes us back to barbecue basics with this Tips & Techniques video on how to trim a Boston butt pork shoulder for smoking.

How to Trim a Boston Butt Pork Shoulder

Before beginning to trim the pork butt, feel around the roast and trim any small bone fragments or hard cartilage that may be left on the surface.

Remove all of the fat cap to expose the meat. Trim under the false cap to remove both the fat and false cap layers.

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Flip the butt over and trim any excess fat on the surface. Find the seam near the bone end of the butt. Begin to pull the crevice open and carefully cut in-between the two muscles. Trim the excess fat, connective tissue and anything that is not meat from the inside of the opening.

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