Pork Shoulder is a cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg and may contain the blade bone. It is the most common cut for pulled pork, a staple of barbecue in the southern United States. Pork shoulder is a relatively tough and inexpensive cut of meat. It also has layers of fat that comes from the pig’s shoulder region. You may also see this cut labeled as pork butt or Boston butt, but this is actually shoulder meat.