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Fat side up or down on butt

Poll Results: Fat side up or down for a butt on direct heat smoker. (uds,BGE)

Poll expired: Mar 21, 2011  
  • 73% (11)
  • 26% (4)
15 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I know there are topics about it just want to see where people poll. Normally i do them up but might try something different this weekend.

post #2 of 8


If the heat source is offset, then I'll do it fat-side up, so it's "basting" the meat. On my WSM, I place it fat-side down to shield the meat for the more direct heat.

post #3 of 8

I do all my meat with the fat up as I like the juices to seep through it;however, take a look at Al's thread on the ham he did. I will try that sometime so I may save time at the table


Have fun and,


post #4 of 8

For me it depends on which unit I'm using. If it's the Lang then it fat side up. If it's the GOSM, the ECB or the electric UDS it's fat side down to act as a buffer on the occaional heat spike-maybe not so much with the electric but then habits are hard to break. biggrin.gif

post #5 of 8

I have always cooked butts on my WSM with the fat side up, I am with the train of thought that as the fat cap begins to melt it will help keep the meat juicier. Plus I feel like it can't hurt to have the exposed side of the shoulder bombarded with rising smoke!

post #6 of 8

Fat side up here too.

post #7 of 8

Depends on the shoulder. Fat side down if there's enough marbling in the cut I'm smoking and vice-verse if not. I've never had a bad one though! 36.gif



post #8 of 8

A lot of times I will flip mine half way through.

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