Pork FAQs

NAMP 403 Pork shoulder    

By Bob Oros

The fresh shoulder is the entire front leg of the hog.  It is normally divided into two seperate cuts.  The pork picnic is the lower half of the pork shoulder (left side on the illustration) and the upper half being the pork butt (right on the illustration).  Both the pork picnic and the pork butt are used in foodservice primarily for making BBQ pulled pork.  


The pork picnic is sometimes processed as a slicing picnic used in place of a boiled ham at a much lower price.  It is many times mislabled as a "picnic ham".  To be called a ham it must come from the hind leg of a hog.