Quickie question-fat cap

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jbomx363, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Just wondering.

    If smoking a pork butt with fat cap on, do you also include the fat cap into the pulled meat or remove it and toss it?

    Same for brisket if not trimming fat cap.
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I remove the fat from both my butt and brisket after smoking. Well as much as you can. The fat will separate pretty easily but there will always be some left.
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There is also a false cap, under the fat cap is a thin layer of meat then there is another fat section under that called a false cap
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Fat is where all the cholesterol is, that's the part that makes it taste good! I say eat the fat and throw the meat away! Cholesterol is a medical term, derivied  from the latin 'Choles' meaning taste or tastes and 'Terol' meaning good part.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2013
  5. I didn't know what to do, so I just pulled it apart in small pieces and threw in with the pulled pork. Should ask questions first, not after the fact. Uggh.

    Maybe I shouldn't of done that. But the top of the fat cap was so yummy.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2013
  6. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I always mix the fat right in with the meat. I use a disposable pan to catch my drippings and add that back to the meat as well, without defatting it.
  7. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I always smoke mine with all the fat on it then when I am pulling it I go through it and take out all the fatty and undersiable pieces..
  8. Okay..that's basically what I did. Thanks all.
  9. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    If your cooking for a crowd, defat both the meat and the au jus.  I don't mind a bit of fat on my pork or brisket, but there are a lot of folks out there that would like to enjoy a little BBQ without cutting their life short by clogging their arteries.  If your cooking for you and your spouse, then by all means it's a personal preference.  make it how you want to eat it.

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