I'm 0-2 for fatties, was hoping to get some advice. I can't seem to keep them together, they completely fall apart and I wind up just frying them up in pieces (which is still good, but defeats the purpose.)
My first attempt happened some months ago and was more of a breakfast fatty. It completely fell apart on the cutting board and I never could get it to roll up. I blamed myself for over stuffing it.
This morning's attempt was a pizza/italian version with 1.25lb mild Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, cut up pepperoni bits, onions and peppers. I didn't think I put too much in this time. I was able to roll it, but I did see it start to crack when I tried to fold/press the ends in. I wrapped this one in plastic wrap and placed it in the freezer for about a half hour. It started to crack as soon as I began unwrapping it and completely fell apart as I tried to get it on the smoker.
The sausage is made by a local butcher and I've never had trouble getting it to stay together in patties. Actually, the two fatty attempts were made using two different types of sausage. This time I did not wrap in a bacon weave because it was a last minute idea and I was trying to avoid a store run. Would the bacon make that big of a difference? I thought I saw some posted on here before with no bacon weave, but could be wrong.
Any advice would be appreciated. Some pics of the disaster ;) :