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Going to try my first fatty!

post #1 of 6
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I am going to attempt my first fatty this weekend and I have noticed the way everyone wraps them in plastic. I was wondering exactly how long do you have to leave them wraped up before you smoke them? When I start them I will post some Qviews of my progress.icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 6
I've left one overnight in fridge, and it held it's shape slightly better while smoking.

The second one I did only stayed in fridge for about an hour, and it also worked just fine
post #3 of 6
I use the plastic wrap to compress the fatty using a rolling motion while holding the ends which I believe reduces the possibility of a blow out. Leave it wrapped in fridge long enough to firm it up. An hour is probably fine but the times I've made them I think it was closer to 3 or 4 hours in fridge then on to the smoker.
Good luck and welcome to your new addiction.

post #4 of 6
A lot of folks here use 1 gallon plastic bags for rolling then plastic to firm it up and store for smoking - I just use the plastic wrap for the whole process. One less thing to clean up.
post #5 of 6
You don't really need any specific amount of time after you wrap it in plastic wrap, that is to seal it up nice and tight.
If you find the sausage a bit too soft after rolling it up just toss it in your freezer for 10-15 minutes before throwing on the smoekr and it will hold shape just fine.
post #6 of 6
What they all said. Overnight is good.
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