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Where does the name "Boston Butt" come from?

By Bob Oros

In pre-revolutionary New England and into the Revolutionary War, some pork cuts (not those of high value, like the loin and ham) were packed into casks or barrels for storage and shipment.

These barrels were known as "butts." In the Boston area, the cut from the hog's shoulder became known in other regions as the Boston Butt. The name stuck, and today it is still referred to as the Boston Butt almost every-where in the U.S., except in Boston, where it is simply called a pork butt!