First Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by roller, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    do I trim any of the fat off ?
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You may if you want too, I leave mine on but have heard others that do trim the cap some.
  3. Some folks do, but I have done many butts and never had trimmed them.
  4. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I like to leave the fat cap on and have found for me it enhaces the flavor and keeps the pork moist. Everyone has their own ideas and ways of doing it tho....[​IMG]
  5. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i never do untill after it's cooked...................i do score it though.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I very seldom trim a butt at all till I'm done smoking it and I'm starting to pull it.
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I normally leave it on and place the fat cap side on the grate. People do it different ways and have different ideas about it but I personally feel that if its down it allows better bark formation and it provides protection for the meat in case the grate gets too hot for some reason. I suggest doing one or two then start playing with different ways of doing them until you find whats suits you the best
  8. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I left it all on rubbed it all down and wrapped it up in seran wrap and its in the frig till Tuesday earley AM. I cant do it Sunday or Monday.
  9. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ive done both....I usually trim mine more often than not but i dont trim it all off only if is a bunch
  10. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    unless there is a bunch, I don't trim cause there's not that much on it. a ham or shoulder I would, its pretty thick and covers most of the meat not allowing smoke to penetrate.[​IMG]
  11. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Since you left it on, you may want to smoke it with the fat cap up, to allow the juices to flow downward adding to the moistness of the butt. Also, for future reference, if it is not a heavy fat cap, then just leave it on. Once your butt is done, to me, it is easy to pull that fat out of that moist meat. You will see what I mean. Now, I expect qview on Tuesday. [​IMG]
  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I start with the fat cap on top first then flip it and get some bark then foil it. [​IMG]
  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    OK no matter how it turns out I am going to show it. You know I have cooked meat all of my life but never new this type of system existed...I like it..

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