Pork butt- Trim Fat Or Not?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by pandemonium, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    I am gonna do my second one and i want to know what the majority does? Trim or no trim?
  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I trim all the fat off including the fat cap. [​IMG] Butts and shoulders have plenty of fat in them already.
  3. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Remove all the fat cap. 1) There's no point in cooking what you're not going to eat. 2) You will have even bark all the way around. 3) For every pound of fat removed, you will shorten your cook time by an hour to an hour and a half. That's just my method, your's may vary.
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with trimming the fat.I spend way to much time growing and making my rubs for them not to be on the meat......
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like to trim them...
  6. bbqhead

    bbqhead Smoking Fanatic

    Ok, i'm different. I inject, then kind of heavy rub. unless its just a huge fatcap,then trim some. they always say keep it simple.cook fatside down.
  7. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    No trim for me. The fat caps on the butts I get from Sam's Club are not much to begin with.
  8. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I never trim mine. Just score the fat cap down to the meat so the rub gets in there. Between the the the fat cap and the false cap in a thin layer of meat. That is some of the best pork you will ever eat!! Those who trim all the fat, you don't know what you are missing.
  9. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Dang it. No wonder I'm on blood pressure meds.
  10. I leave mine on. Most of the fat melts away and I have very little waste when I pull. Enjoy!
  11. brandsbay

    brandsbay Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Yep,leave mine also.More fat the better lol
  12. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I trim it to miss the fat cap[​IMG].Done it both ways-just personal preference.Exterior Fat never seemed to make mine more tender...
  13. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Trim if ya like. I see little difference in either way off my Lang. I trim myself but thats me.
  14. dasgrinch

    dasgrinch Newbie

    My first one I did untrimmed, there wasn't a whole lot of fat left when it was done. This weekend I'm trying one trimmed and untrimmed, and see which I like better.

    Untrimmed obviously you have less fat to pick out and pitch. I've seen some recipes that call for the fat cap to be added to the finishing sauce or mix-in sauce as it's cooked, then strained out, to add extra flavor. And when I trimmed my butt for this weekend, it lost it's compact shape and kind of spread out, so I assume the fat holds things together a bit as well.
  15. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    I trim a little, Mass amounts come off, but Like some others have said, My butts have minimal fat on them anyway. When I pull I usually loose a piece of bark the size of a dollar bill. No big deal.
  16. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I trim the fat pretty close, but leave a little...

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