I haven't done fatties in a while and I had a craving for some beans too so I got my ingredients together and went to work. I picked up some 80/20 ground beef an decided to try something new. One of the fatties I took a half package of bacon and blended it up in the food processor and mixed it in with the ground beef. The other fatty was just the 80/20. The beef/bacon one was stuffed with onions, peppers, mushrooms and jalapenos with some provolone and mozzarella cheese. The other one had the same veggies but I used pepper jack cheese instead and I wrapped that one in a bacon weave the other was left nekkid.
I whipped up a batch of Dutch's beans. I do mine a little differently though. I double the veggies called for, I use pineapple tidbits, I use Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet and Spicy BBQ sauce instead of ketchup, and I put about 1/2 cup of Jack Daniel's honey whiskey in it for a little more flavor. Then while they are smoking I smoke some pork cutlets seasoned with my homemade spicy rub. Once the cutlets are cooked through, I pull them from the smoker, cube them up and put them into the beans on the smoker for a few more hours. The people I give the beans to are almost always surprised by the pineapple in it and the tidbits are a perfect size where it's just a small piece in every bite.
Everything turned out great. It all smoked for about 3.5hours @ 225deg in the UDS with Kingsford Blue charcoal and some cherry and pecan chunks mixed it. I pulled the fatties off and let them rest a bit, just long enough to still be warm and the cheese would be gooey and oozing a little bit but not pouring out of the meat like it would when you cut it fresh off the smoker. The ground beef/bacon combo one tasted excellent. It had a different texture than the plain ground beef, more like how sausage fatties are.
Bacon weave all done up.
Bacon/ground beef combo with a provolone and mozzarella combo cheese.
Veggies layered on. I use wax paper to help facilitate the rolling of the fatty.
All wrapped up snug as a bug.
Seasoned with a little salt and pepper.
Charcoal basket loaded up and ready to go with a few hot coals on top. You can see the PitmasterIQ and the rainbox to the right.
PitmasterIQ doing its thang.
Super high tech homemade heat diffuser aka a pizza pan with holes drilled into it.
Pork cutlets cubed up and ready to go swimming in the beans on the smoker.
Beans all done and looking fantastic.
They were bursting at the seams with flavor, literally.
Nice little smoke ring and lots of cheese action to be had.
Definitely have to keep fatties in the smoking rotation!