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Posted by ZZFlats on January 27, 2013 at 23:43:22:

In Reply to: Pork Collar ? posted by YankeeBBQ on January 27, 2013 at 18:50:28:

The difference between a CT Butt and Collar is I believe that the primal shoulder is cut differently than in the US guidelines. Then a different type of trimming is performed making it a collar.

I am not 100% positive about the Collar cut since it is really geared toward the Japanese/Asian markets versus the US cutting guidelines. In the US, you will see the following cuts and trimming:

Boston Butt - top half of shoulder
Boneless butt - de-boned butt and left in 1 piece
CT Butt - special trimming to cut off the bone portion of the butt. This is a boneless cut.
1/2 Butt - You may see some places where a butt is cut in half. I have seen these at Walmart with Tyson label. I think they do this on large butts to cut the cost to consumer down as most people might not want to purchase a 10lbs butt for example

When you start talking about the trimming, it is very detailed process which you find out when you talk to Meat Science guys as butchers are targeting specific muscles or seams between muscles when they are trimming. This is what they are doing today where there are these new kinds of cuts of beef/pork. People no longer want to purchase large roasts, so they are inventing new ways to select out specific muscles/groups. For example: mock tender, flat iron, etc.

Let me know if you want a low down on the picnic cuts...


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