The butt is the part of the shoulder that is located closest to the neck, separated from the picnic immediately atop the humoral/scapular articulation. Our boneless pork butts are packed fresh, skin off, trimmed to ¼-inch fat cover. We offer them boneless or bone in with the blade bone intact. While there are many uses for this cut, butts remain a favorite for barbecue. When smoked and pulled, the exceptional fat in these butts elevate the flavor and texture of barbecue to a pitmaster’s dream.
A few of our favorite chefs have been known to put a beautifully marbled slice of butt on the grill to surprisingly great results, too.
Our pork collar, or CT butt, is the intensely marbled muscle from the top of the shoulder between the neck and the loin. This is the cut that the Italians use for coppa, and that competition pit-masters refer to as “the money muscle.” This versatile and succulent cut is excellent smoked, roasted, braised or cut into chops and grilled.
Pork shoulder is the primal made up of the front leg, and contains both the butt and the picnic cuts. We offer it skin-on and bone-in, with the foot on or off. It is separated from the loin between the first and second rib, and there’s a three-inch shank on the foot-off version. A two-inch collar remains on the butt end, and fat is beveled to 1/4inch.
Shoulders are preferred by many of our pitmaster friends for smoking. They like the subtle differences in texture and fat content of the butt and picnic ends, and demand a little of that cracklin’ skin in their barbecue. We love that about them.
Baby Back Ribs
Baby back ribs are from high on the hog, cut from the loin off the back (where the rib meats the spine). With plenty of meat left on the bones, these are perfect for that juicy, “fall off the bone” meal. They are called “baby” only because they’re shorter than the St. Louis ribs cut from the spareribs off the side of the hog. Baby back ribs are preferred by many enthusiasts for being leaner than St. Louis ribs.
10 Rib Rack
By far one of our most popular cuts, the 10-rib rack is often referred to as a “center-cut rack.” It’s fabricated from the loin, with the sirloin end and a bit of the rib end removed leaving 10 rib bones. The chine and feather bones are removed, leaving the rack completely knife ready for portioning. This beautifully marbled cut is great roasted whole to be the star of your dinner party, but also very easily turned into thick chops by simply cutting between the bones.
Pigs are basically made up of four parts–one of each on both sides: loins, bellies, shoulders and hams. The loin is the “High on the Hog” part from which some of the very best parts are derived…chops, baby back ribs and tenderloins. Our whole, bone-in pork loins are perfect for butcher shops or chefs who like to do their own fabrication, and represent an excellent value for users who have a band saw. These loins are available in several formats and pack arrangements, including skin on or skinless, bladeless, or center cut.
The Filet Mignon of pork, Pork Tenderloin is the leanest and most tender of our cuts, but don’t be dismayed. These dainty one-pound tenders still benefit from the marbling that you can count on from Cheshire Pork It’s there in the remarkably rich flavor, succulent texture, and fork-tenderness.
Cut from whole loins, our Porterhouse short loin roast is the part of the loin below the 10-rib rack. Approximately 6.5 inches in length, it includes the portion of the loin with tenderloin on one side of the T-bone. Our photo is of a porterhouse chop cut from this roast; we think they are the most beautiful chops on the hog. The chime bone is off, but the roast will require a band saw for fabrication into chops.
These are whole, bone-in, fresh, raw hams (not treated with cure or smoke). They are the skin-on, rear leg of the animal, separated from the loin by a cut perpendicular to the aitch bone. We offer the whole hams both with and without the foot attached. A two-inch collar is cut around the face of the ham and skinned, and the foot-off version has a two-inch shank. Slow-roasted, the ham is both delicious and stunning on your carving board. For making your own deli ham, boneless versions are available as well.
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