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Old 01-09-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Is pork butt usually fatty?

ok, I realize it comes with fat on it and it did have a bone inside. Is it normal? It was very very good. I used my new dutch oven - seared it and braised it right on the stove...even had automatic gravy in the end, but had to add a cornstarch mixture. I had to eat around some of the fat though.

I also noticed that it's different from boneless loins....the almost 4 lb roast was good for me and my husband and possible one or two more people. But no seconds and not sure if it would be good for more than 4 people.

I should also add that it was a small bone as my husband was able to cut the pork without pulling the bone out. He just didn't cut the end that had the bone in it.

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Yes, the fat keeps the meat from getting too dry while cooking.
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The butt, which comes from the top of the front shoulder, is fattier than the loin which is lean and comes from the top of the back along the backbone.

The butt is meant to be cooked as you did, low and slow to break down the connective tissues and render the fat. This is the cut used for pulled pork.
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