pork loin fat cap, up or down?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jeff 1, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    I have a pork loin on the top rack above a boston butt in a brinkman vertical smoker,  Since it was on top and had the boston butt between it and the coals and would not be in as long I figured I would put the fat cap up,  does that sound right?
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Some say fat cap up and some say down and some change half way though the smoke. There is no wrong way to do it. its a personal preference thing.
  3. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    that is a great debate question, a # of people like the fat cap up, so as it smokes the fats breakdown and soak into the meat, others say cap side down.   i have seen alot of posts for pork shoulders and the same question.  most of the people would say it would be up to you.  
  4. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    it will stay up today
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Different people have different ideas on the cap up or cap down thing I say try it both ways and see which you prefer or if you can tell a difference at all
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  7. smokinal

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

    Personal preference, I keep it up so it bastes the meat.
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    See what I mean Al keeps it up and I generally keep it down so its really personal tastes and preferences. Oh the other one you need to try when doing a pork but is to score the fat cap and try smoking with it up and see if you think that makes any difference.
  9. skully

    skully Meat Mopper

    UP for sure[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  11. short smoke

    short smoke Smoke Blower

    I kept the cap up yesterday and my loin was so tender and juicy. I listened to al recommendation and it turned out nice

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