I don't claim to be a pro, but I had to share my passion for pork.
I used to do bay back ribs all the time, but they just kept getting more and more expensive, and went on sale less and less. So July 2008, I tried my first butt. WOW!!!
The meat is inexpensive (most of the time), and when it goes on sale, I've found it as low as $.99 a pound, but it usually varies from $1.49 - $3, depending on where you shop and sales. Most of it's Smithfield anyways, so I usually find the best price at Walmart. I've also tried the picnic cut, but it's not quite the same. So, let me get on to how I prepare mine.
First, marinate your butt. I usually make mine up as I go and feel free to add whatever makes you happy. But, you must use an acid - this helps tenderize the meat.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (cup or so) for acid
- Orange juice (cup or so) for more acid and some sweetness
- Mustard (yellow works fine) for flavor (3 tbsp or so). Note - some people use mustard seed instead/too
- Garlic - prefer several cloves, but powder (tbsp) works fine for this step (or use both!)
- Onion powder (tbsp)
- Paprika (tbsp)
- Brown sugar (tbsp)
- Little salt and pepper
Mix it all together in a large ziplock, puncture your butt with a meat thermometer or similar to let the marinade in and let it soak overnight for best results.
Before you start cooking your butt, rub your butt (preferably night before). Make your own or get some from the store and "enhance" it if you like. I use Stubb's BBQ rub and add garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar and salt. Rub it down and seal it in a large mixing bowl or a cooking pan with some plastic wrap and put back in frig.