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Skinny Fatties - Replace sausage with ground chuck???

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My wife is watching calories big time so I have to smoke foods to support her diet/exercise regime (she is down 56 pounds since January 5, 2016 - she is super serious about this!).  This is the reason for my question about skinny fatties.

 

I have never made a fatty (yet) but it is on my list of things to do.  Jimmy Dean sausage is 100 calories per ounce and ground chuck is about 60 calories per ounce...I was wondering if anyone ever tried replacing the sausage with well-seasoned ground chuck?  Maybe I should use a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of ground chuck and sausage?  Controlling the stuffing/filling calories is super easy to do so I am not worried about this.

 

Am I worrying about something that is not that important?  How many slices does a typical fatty make?  I would guess 8 to 10.

 

Any help would be appreciated.


Ed

post #2 of 12
I have done this before and it works well. You can also use ground turkey or chicken sausage for the fatty just be careful not to overcook it as it has less fat and can dry out.
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Originally Posted by worktogthr View Post

I have done this before and it works well. You can also use ground turkey or chicken sausage for the fatty just be careful not to overcook it as it has less fat and can dry out.

Cool beans...

 

How many slices does a typical fatty make?

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Originally Posted by Uncle Eddie View Post
 

Cool beans...

 

How many slices does a typical fatty make?

Depends on how thick you slice the slices and how big you make the fatty.

post #5 of 12

I like to use 1 1/4 lbs. of ground meat.

 

If you use a 1 gallon bag to roll it out, you should get 10 nice slices.

 

Al

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Thanks Al...now to plan the stuffing and figure out the calories.

post #7 of 12

I've done fatties with ground chuck before with no problems.  For stuffing you can do things like onions, green/red/yellow peppers, etc for the calorie conscious, they turn out pretty nicely still.  I did Philly Cheese Steak style fatties a couple weeks ago (think all the ingredient of a Philly cheese steak just done like a fatty) and the family went wild for them.

post #8 of 12
Originally Posted by Uncle Eddie View Post
 

Thanks Al...now to plan the stuffing and figure out the calories.

 

 

There are several inexpensive nutrition programs on the market now that calculate the calories for you.

 

Another option is to take the slices & make sliders with them.

 

They fill you up much faster.

 

Here's some I did not too long ago.

 

They are not diet, but you get the idea.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/243516/fattie-sliders-appetizer-or-meal-steps-qview

 

Al

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Originally Posted by Gerk View Post
 

I've done fatties with ground chuck before with no problems.  For stuffing you can do things like onions, green/red/yellow peppers, etc for the calorie conscious, they turn out pretty nicely still.  I did Philly Cheese Steak style fatties a couple weeks ago (think all the ingredient of a Philly cheese steak just done like a fatty) and the family went wild for them.

haha - funny you should say Philly Cheese Steak as I was already calculating the calories for this.

 

BTW - the difference in calories for a fatty when using ground chuck vs. jimmy dean sausage is as follows:

  • assuming a full pack of center cut bacon (12-oz),
  • 1/2 pound of cheese
  • throw in 50 calories for the veggies

 

                                             10 slices                  8 slices 

 

Ground Chuck                    226 cal/slice             327 cal/slice

 

Jimmy Dean Sausage         322 cal/slice             409 cal/slice

post #10 of 12

Think about ground chuck and ground pork butt...    You don't have to use commercial sausage....

post #11 of 12
I also recommend going for leaner ground beef. Push the limits of what you can get rid of as far as fat. So maybe 85/15 ground beef or 90/10. Chuck is upwards of around 20% fat and calories to go along with it... So maybe the leaner beef would bring the fat and calories down
post #12 of 12
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Rain rain rain - perfect for smoking a "skinny" fatty and my AMNPS

 

Ingredients as follows:

 

1.8 lbs ground chuck           - 1500 calories

center cut bacon - 12 slices - 420 cal

Muenster cheese                - 400 cal

Feta                                   -   50 cal

Mushroom, onion, peppers   -   50 cal

================================

Total                                  -  2420 calories

 

Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder

 

at 8 slices/log = about 300 calories per slice - My wife's calorie counting has been satisfied

 

It is chilling in the frindigerator right now.  Putting it in the smoker at 2 PM.  Will put up completed pics later.

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