Just trying my first fatties today :) Question though, one of my wraps was slightly disastrous ... would it be bad to try and start it in foil for the first hour or so in hopes that it would pull together a bit and then let it smoke the rest of the time loose? I think with the way the one turned out if I don't do this it's just going to totally fall apart ... I know that I would lose out on the smokie goodness for the first hour on that one but I just wanted to see what others think of this approach.
Fatties - Start in foil?
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You're going to lose out on more than the smokey goodness if you foil it. Your bacon won't be very crisp in the end and it's likely you'll be cooking in the foil in a pool of grease. Best thing to do is to get it right the right way. Wrap the fatty and form is in the saran wrap the day before and refrigerate until your ready. Put it in the smoker cold and you should be good to go. Here's a picture of the last one I did with the exact process I just said.