Does any else do this?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by noboundaries, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had a curious thought this morning as I was eating my fried eggs and toast.  My curious thoughts can be sketchy, but I'll ask anyway.

    Let's say you've smoked and wrapped a butt, shoulder, chuckie, brisket, whatever.  After the initial meal you put the meat and juices in a pan in the refrigerator.  The next day there is a nice 1/8" to 1/4" layer of solidified fat on the top of the au jus.  Do you scrape it off and throw it away? Leave it with the juice and reheat?  Or do you do like me and scrape it off and save it to use as a pan fry fat?  I LOVE how that flavored fat tastes on eggs, hash browns, gravy, even sausage and bacon.  Makes AMAZING grilled cheese sandwiches too.

    Everyone knows about saving bacon and sausage fat for pan frying foods. Since I've started smoking meat I've started saving the scrapped fat too.  Smoking takes the flavor to an entire new level.  Does anyone else save the solidified fat scrapings from other meats?  I know it doesn't sound all that appetizing but it is my favorite ingredient for pan frying.  Below is a rather unappetizing picture of the scrapings from a last weekend's Korean BBQ chuckie.  The fat from the Mexican Chuckie I did is already used up.

    Anyway, like I said, just a curious thought.

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2014
  2. I put the auju  in the fridge. let the fat form on top. scrape the fat off and use the fat to get the fire going .

    Happy smoken.

  3. Sounds like a great idea to me!  I've always saved bacon grease but never thought to do the same for whatever I've smoked.
  4. buzzy

    buzzy Smoke Blower

  5. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    If there is a good amount of fat left ive saved it for use for pan frying. .. waste not!
  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Noboundaries, gonna change your name to "Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth"!

    "I got your four basic food groups! Beans, bacon, whisky and lard."~ Cookie

    "I ain't so good at speechifyin'... but I want you to have this. It's the bacon grease from the whole trip." ~ Cookie
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  7. mchar69

    mchar69 Smoke Blower

    Darn!  Just threw out the fat that accumulated on top of my water pan -

    gonna try your idea.  Thanks.
  8. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    I think I hear my arteries grinding to a halt just reading this thread!
  9. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    have never had enough to do so...of course most of mine drips into my water pan or into the coals so...might have to set something up to catch some drippings and try it![​IMG]
  10. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yessir.......I like davids idea...... Also if you have leftover oil from frying chicken use it to start a fire or add it to a camp fire.... It will make you want to eat fire it smells so good....
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  11. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I have always wanted to keep the juices from ribs when unwrapped to use for injecting in a brisket or pork loin or whatever. I never have done it but one of these days.
  12. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    will probably need to just boil em a little bit just to be safe
  13. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I am referring to juices left in the aluminum foil after the wrapping part.
  14. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    oh ok my bad dock..misunderstood[​IMG]
  15. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    I use them the following day add to hashbrowns or eggs I just flow that way lol
  16. diamondmarco

    diamondmarco Smoke Blower

    Oh yes. All those gelatine pieces,fat, and other drippings are concentrated flavors you can't get from anywhere else. Perfect for adding to soups,veggies, or frying up some ham.

    It's almost worth smoking a brisket or pork butt just to get these juices to work with. Turbocharge your dishes with this stuff.
  17. I'm going to have to use the drippings forother things. As of late I have been giving it to the Dobermans and the little Manchester terrier. Seeing my wife is a veterinarian I'm not worried about the side effects of pork in a dog.
  18. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If she doesn't eat meat, you'll just have to share your pork with the dog.

    Oh wait....... a veterinarian!  Oh well never mind.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2014
  19. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Great chefs the world over save meat drippings and fat to sautée in or use as a flavoring agent in recipes that need a little fat to boost the flavor or cut the acidity. You don't need to use a lot. Just a dab here and there, this is very normal and natural. Don't be embarrassed.
  20. I always add some of the juices to my bbq sauce. Talk about a flavor profile!

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