How to Trim a Pork Shoulder

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How to Trim a Pork Shoulder
Trim the excess fat off of pork shoulder so that the flavour of the meat comes through. (Pork barbecue image by Catabu from Fotolia.com)

If you've ever eaten a pulled pork sandwich or a pork roast, that meat has come from the tender, fatty shoulder area of the pig. The pork shoulder cut is typically less expensive than other cuts because there is a lot of fat and connective tissue in the shoulder. This keeps the pork moist and juicy. However, the majority of excess fat should be trimmed off so that it doesn't overpower the natural flavours of the meat.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Cutting board

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash your hands thoroughly. Place the meat on the cutting board. Grab and pinch a hanging piece of fat and hold it taut.

  2. 2

    Set your knife in between the piece of fat that you are holding and the actual meat. Cut downward and slice away the fat with one hand, as you continue to pull the fat away from the meat. Pull the fat so that it becomes parallel with the cutting board. Tilt the knife towards the fat to avoid slicing into the meat.

  3. 3

    Work in sections. Don't try to remove fat all over the pork shoulder at the same time. Rotate the pork shoulder around so that the fat is always at the top when you begin to cut.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to throw away the fat, you can melt it over medium heat in a pan, strain it and use it as a lard to fry and cook other things.
  • Always proceed with caution when working with sharp knives.

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