Chicken Fattie Question

Discussion in 'Fatties' started by kandl, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. I want to try the Cordon Bleu Fattie this Sunday.  We are going to use the ground chicken instead of chicken breasts.  My question is, will I need to add sausage to the chicken to help hold it together when we roll it and or keep it from blowing out or will simply wrapping it in bacon be enough?

    I've got 1lb ground chicken

    sliced black forest ham

    some diced ham (not sure if I will use it or not)

    Some 3 cheese (swiss/provolone/mozz blend)

    and of course BACON!

    Can't wait to try this!
  2. question on the fatty. when you wrap, do you wrap in saran or in bacon or in both? thanks! first time fatty for me. 
  3. Generally both.  You don't have to use bacon but saran wrap helps form it up and then I put it in the fridge to let it firm up so you can handle it easier.
  4. and the saran wrapped fatty goes onto the smoker??
  5. Um no...remove it first...
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  6. thought that was the case...but actually have seen guys on bbq tv that do that with the saran wrap.....
  7. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    i don't think you would...i've made patties out of ground chicken and had no issues with it falling if your doing a bacon weave around the fattie it shouldn't go anywhere...try adding some brown sugar on top of the bacon while its smoking...creates an awesome flavor and crunch
  8. Thanks Redneck I'll give it a go!   and PDX I'd be very scared to put saran wrap on my smoker LOL  Visions of that plastic bowl on the stove burner that one time run through my head.. [​IMG]
  9. Well the chicken cordon blue fattie was not a complete disaster, but it wasn't the best.  Flavor was pretty good but I sprung a leak and most of the cheese leaked out into the drip pan.  So far the only fattie I've been able to keep cheese inside of was the Breakfast fattie with JD sausage.  I managed to get these two pics from the start but didn't take anymore as I was disappointed in the end result.  Not sure what my problem is with keeping the cheese in.

  10. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey KandL;

    half the fun is trying! I can't see how many stips of bacon wide you went, but go no more than 6 and 6. How are you flattening out the ground chicken or other meats? Using the gallon plastic zip lock? Don't suppose you have a pic of the fattie before you rolled it up? 

    I have made them out of JD Sausage, Hamburger and ground chicken and they ooze sometimes, but I have never had a blow out. Are you using a meat probe or something like a maverick? I usually take mine right to an IT of 165 and I haven't had any real issues. 

    Sorry for all the questions, but I'd like to see you achieve Fattie Nirvana! Here is a mild JD Sausage with cheddar and jalapeno cheddar cheese with pickled jalapenos on it that I made this weekend


    One pound JD Sausage fully loaded.   Rolled and laid out on the bacon weave.  Bacon weaved and syran rolled.

                                                                                                                                  If you twist up the ends good it pulls the weave and fattie                                                                                                                                                                                               together nice and tight. 

    I usually let my fattie rest up an hour or so before I put it in the smoker. 

    Unfortunately, I developed technical difficulties and i don't have any pics of it finished up. I threw it in the broiler for 5-6 minutes after to crisp up the bacon. 

    PS No plastic wrap on the smoker. I take mine out to the smoker and roll it right out of the plastic wrap and onto the grate, nice and easy! 
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  11. bobank,  I'm still having fun making these for sure.  The breakfast one was a huge success.  I've never had a complete blowout but the last two I've made started oozing early and by time they were up to temp all the cheese was pretty much gone from the inside.  This one still had a slight bit of cheese in it but not near enough for me.  Wife loved it though. I guess I am my toughest critic.

    I went 7 wide on my weave and then I didn't count how many I went "high" in the weave.  maybe I should cut that back a bit.

    I am using the gallon ziplock bag with corners snipped and a rolling pin to roll it out.  Comes out perfect. I place all my toppings (fillings) on leaving an inch or so at the top for it to seal when rolled up. I don't have a picture of this one but somewhere I have a picture of the breakfast one I did.

    I don't have a maverick or anything of the likes yet. I'm using a wal-mart digital meat thermometer and I run up to 165 every time.

    Mine look almost exactly like your photos durring the process.  

    All 3 that I have done I've wrapped in saran wrap and placed in the fridge for a while usually a few hours.

    And I've never had anything plastic on the smoker!  [​IMG]  I unrolled it from the saran wrap right onto the grate and smoked at about 250ish until IT hit 165.

    I am NOT giving up on these i will keep at it.
  12. Here is a link to my breakfast one with more pics.  I followed the exact same methods with all 3 that I have made.   but the plain Hamburger (pizza fattie) and the ground chicken (cordon bleu) fattie both leaked all the cheese out.
  13. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Where is the cheese leaking from? The ends or somewhere in the middle? 
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  14. Appears to be coming from the middle on the bottom side.   That being said i do place it on the smoker so that the ends of the weave are at the bottom on the grate but they've all seemed to be pretty tight weaves and stuck together well.
  15. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    I'm wondering if it is coming through the seam? I always use the gallon bag to help me roll the fattie and then when I get it all rolled I work the seam a little extra to make sure i get it good and tight. I think usually both the bacon weave seam and the rolled meat seam, always wind up together. Also when I have the fattie syran wrapped, and twisted on the ends, I push the sides in a little with my palms and then twist the ends a little more. Then I roll the whole fatty a couple of times on the counter to make sure it is all nice and tight. Not sure if that will help, but add those couple of extra steps the next time and see if they don't help.

    Maybe even give the cheese a little more space to the edge so it isn't tempted to escape! [​IMG]
  16. Thanks! I will try those tips next time.  I didn't mess with this chicken one too much because the chicken was VERY soft and difficult to roll up to begin with. I did twist the sides and try to seal the ends up but didn't roll it around at all.  But I bet you are right that both of my seams are in the same spot and not sealed good enough.  Just a good excuse to try another one soon! [​IMG]
  17. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Absolutely! I agree, the chicken was hard to work with. It came out really good though I seasoned mine a lot. I haven't used bacon when I do ground beef though because I don't use real lean beef and the tend to be a little dry on the outside, but very good on the inside. 

    I think the best part of fatties (other than the eating them part) is that it gives us experience with using our smokers and keeping good temps and stuff like that. I was going to even suggest that when you make your next fattie that you put it seam up so that it and the bacon weave seam are offset. Worth a shot! 

    Keep working on them and enjoying them and your smoker and have fun! 

    Maple bacon seems to really work well with the fatties and don't use thick cut bacon as it takes forever to brown up. 
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  18. I agree!  I use Farmland Applewood smoked bacon not thick cut.  Next time i'll stager the seams and see what happens.  I didn't use bacon on the ground beef one we did either which was the second try and I thought that was why it leaked was because we had no weave and it got dry and cracked.  I really like the idea of a Taco fattie or that Chili Cheese Dog fattie so I will try one of those next and see what we get.

    It is loads of fun experimenting and trying new things and in the grand scheme.. fatties are pretty cheap to experiment with!  [​IMG]
  19. I have found that using a sushi roll bamboo mat helps to make a tight packed fatty roll.  As I start to roll it up, I put the mat over and squeeze it in, then roll some more, squeeze, etc.  It gives me a tight pack on the roll and I don't get leaks through the seams.

    to seal the ends, I wrap the saran wrap length wise on the roll, then grab the ends of the saran wrap and twirl it.  The saran wrap tightens up and compresses the ends and helps to seal them as well.  Of course, remove the saran wrap before cooking
  20. Oh! that looks like it would work well.  I don't do sushi but I could probably justify it for Fattie use only.  [​IMG]

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