Fat side up or down on butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by lookwow, Mar 18, 2011.

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  1. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    I know there are topics about it just want to see where people poll. Normally i do them up but might try something different this weekend.
  2. Depends:

    If the heat source is offset, then I'll do it fat-side up, so it's "basting" the meat. On my WSM, I place it fat-side down to shield the meat for the more direct heat.
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do all my meat with the fat up as I like the juices to seep through it;however, take a look at Al's thread on the ham he did. I will try that sometime so I may save time at the table


    Have fun and,
  4. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For me it depends on which unit I'm using. If it's the Lang then it fat side up. If it's the GOSM, the ECB or the electric UDS it's fat side down to act as a buffer on the occaional heat spike-maybe not so much with the electric but then habits are hard to break. [​IMG]
  5. I have always cooked butts on my WSM with the fat side up, I am with the train of thought that as the fat cap begins to melt it will help keep the meat juicier. Plus I feel like it can't hurt to have the exposed side of the shoulder bombarded with rising smoke!
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Fat side up here too.
  7. Depends on the shoulder. Fat side down if there's enough marbling in the cut I'm smoking and vice-verse if not. I've never had a bad one though! [​IMG]

  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A lot of times I will flip mine half way through.

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