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Smoked Pork Butt Recipe with Potatoes and Cabbage

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Smoked Pork Butt with Potatoes and Cabbage

Smoked Pork Butt with Potatoes and Cabbage

© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This smoked pork butt recipe with potatoes and cabbage can easily pass for Eastern European-style corned beef and cabbage! A pork butt actually has nothing to do with the hindquarters of a pig. The butt refers to the butt of the upper shoulder (the lower portion of the shoulder is the picnic). This cut is also known as Boston butt. Leftovers can be turned into soup or another meal over noodles. Smoked pork butt is a good candidate for a slow cooker or pressure cooker if you follow manufacturer's directions.

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Makes 6 servings of Smoked Pork Butt

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes


  • 3 pounds boneless smoked pork butt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 medium-large cabbage, cut into eighths
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled but left whole


  1. Place smoked pork butt in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Cover with water and add brown sugar. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 40 minutes per pound.

  2. Halfway through the cooking process, add the cabbage and peppercorns. Bring back to the boil, reduce heat and continue to simmer.

  3. Thirty minutes before the cooking time is up, add the whole potatoes. Return to the boil, reduce heat and continue to simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender.

  4. Transfer meat to a cutting board and slice. Arrange on a platter with cabbage wedges and whole potatoes. Save the cooking water to make Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage Soup Recipe.
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 5 out of 5
I made it better, Member siedlinski

This recipe is so much better with large carrot chunks added to the rest of the ingredients. I soften the cabbage first then add all other ingredients and simmer on the stove or in slow cooker for 2-3 hours. I really liked that this recipe added brown sugar... It was really good, thanks!

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