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Old 03-16-2005, 10:51 PM   #1
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Aside from the look of the boston butt and the picnic...is there anything taste wise that seperates them...I see that skin on the picnic and I am a little squimish about it.

Can I have the input of anyone who has had a picnic before?!!
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Never done one (except in La Caja China, actually) but smokewise, I think I read that they have more weird things to pick out of 'em (veins and whatnot---shudder).
Suz...thanks for the help????
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:10 AM   #3
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All I get here must be picnics because they all have that piece of the skin. I just clean it in water, rub it down and smoke it! I leave the skin on (it's just on one edge) and peel it off with the last of the fat thats under it when it's done. There isn't any veins to be pulled out of them, and I never had a complaint yet from anybody eating them.
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They are usually a little leaner, and more ham like...
Maybe that's because... that's where hams come from?
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Greg,
I buy picnics alot and there is no difference whatsoever IMO. Some people say they have a hammy taste. I would challenge anyone to tell me the difference between the two if they didn't know the difference. Picnics are normally around $.99lb which is normally about half the cost of butts. Just get a sharp knife and remove the skin and cook as you would a butt! Good luck!
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They are usually a little leaner, and more ham like...
Maybe that's because... that's where hams come from?
Chris,
Hams come from the rear legs of the pig!
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:43 AM   #7
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All I get here must be picnics because they all have that piece of the skin. I just clean it in water, rub it down and smoke it! I leave the skin on (it's just on one edge) and peel it off with the last of the fat thats under it when it's done. There isn't any veins to be pulled out of them, and I never had a complaint yet from anybody eating them.
Nick if it's just on one side it's probably a butt, the butts I've gotten lately have had a small piece of skin on them. I always remove it to give more area for rub and bark.
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You are right my VA friend... What was I thinking about?

O'l yeah... Guinness later today!
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Cappie would love you for it also. that's all I can say... wrong forum
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Myself, I have never done a B-Butt. I have done many picnics, and have an 11 pounder calling my name for a Friday-Saturday smoke. I have done both skin on/off. If you like the extra bark, cut most of it off before you smoke it. If smoking on the lower rack, you may be better off leaving the skin on ifin you use sand in the pan.
There is a very large vein in the picnic. I'm trying to think if you would only see it after you remove the skin during your pre-smoke rituals, or if it's on the non skin side.
I love picnics. I also inject them with various "potions" I have created. Most of them start with apple juice, and then who know what else lol.
Most of the time, I can find them on sale for .99 a #, but did get the past 2 for .89/pound. I use hickory, squite, or cherry.
And I have never had a "hammy" tasting picnic either.
Amen Bob! BTW, what in the hell is "Squite"??
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