I have been so very jealous of everyone else's fatties, I had to try my own. I can't bear the idea of running my smoker with just one thing in it, so I foolishly decided for my First Attempt at Fatties to do three at once.
Yeah, I know... Overachiever.
I decided to go for a Pizzy Fatty (Pepperoni, Fresh Basil, Pizza Sauce, Mushrooms & Mozzarella) and a Mexi-Fatty (Tomatoes, Onions, Jalapenos, Taco Sauce & Black Beans)
I had some success, made some mistakes, and overall am eager to try this again. :) Enjoy The Q.
I prepped my "meez" for the fatties first.
And the Pizza Fatty:
Rolled out my sausage in a plastic bag (thanks for the tip, Cowgirl!)
Until it looked good and flat:
Frankly, this is where I have Mistake Number One. I tried to do too much sausage. There is two POUNDS of loose meat sausage in that bag, and it is far far far too big. Not that I didn't still go ahead, but it's why in the pictures below you see one King Kong Fatty (that's the Pizza) and two smaller Fatties. Duly noted: One Pound At A Time!!
So I began to layer the Pizza Filling. Pepperoni and Basil first:
Followed by pizza sauce and mushrooms:
And of course, mozzarella! I dusted it with oregano and garlic powder...
Using the plastic bag to help, I rolled it up, then carefully transferred it to plastic wrap for some chill time in the fridge. You can kinda tell here how stupid massive huge it is...
On to the mexi fatty!! Rolled ONE POUND same as above, started with tomatoes and taco sauce:
Then black beans, onions, peppers & cheese:
Rolled like the first, only smaller. Popped it in the fridge and thought... Hmmm. I still have a pound of sausage. I had originally intended to do two 2-lb fatties. So... I took all the little scraps leftover from the first two and mixed Everything Filling:
Popped into my ghetto imitation fatty piston, then smushed it onto the third fatty (the 4th pound of sausage). I am not taking pictures of my ghetto imitation fatty piston. Just know that I made one out of food-grade PVC and it works. It's just janky looking and makes me feel silly. I need to just buy one from y'all.
It should be noted that a 'Pistoned Fatty' is about 100x easier to roll than a layered fatty. Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma'Am!! Into the fridge with it. I cleaned off the counter and hauled out 4 lb of bacon. Each of the small fatties got a pound of bacon wrapped around them. The big fatty? Well.. A pound would not cut it. Ended up being more like 1.5 pounds for that one.
My first Weave:
And then there was wrapping... The Big One with it's extra half-pound of bacon did not look so hot to me. I was skeptical:
But I got them all done and outside, ready for the smoker:
Popped them in my Weston 38" propane with some good dry hickory chunks tucked in the iron box:
And then just waited for the TBS ... Smells soooooo good...
I ran it at 150 for about an hour, then cranked it to 200 for about 2.5. I was really trying to crisp that bacon.
Even the big guy looked good, I have to admit...
After about an hour of waiting, I sliced into them:
I sauntered into the Husband's Game Room where he was hanging out with four of his friends and my big brother. I had my arms full of plates of sliced fatties. The sounds of "Oh My God..." "What *is* this?!?" "Looks like Awesome!" was like music to my ears. They all just gorged themselves and I was quite happy with the groans of gastric delight wafting into the kitchen.
Yeah, I like it when people like my food.
So anyway, here's the thing:
Fail Part One:
ONE POUND of loose meat sausage is all you need for a fatty. Bigger is NOT better. Bigger was a hot mess.
Fail Part Two:
Do not try to roll meat on your counter if you have a running dishwasher underneath! The heat from my dishwasher made my bacon weave turn into goo and was hard as ^%&*^$ to work with. It took two tries to get it right.
Success Part One:
Pizza Fatty was a big success. I want more cheese in my fatty next time though. And maybe rice. There is a Drrrrty Rice Fatty in my future! I can smell it from here...
Success Part Two:
That part where the Husband gave me a HUGE hug and told me I was "The Best Cook Ever." Yeah, that part was pretty cool.