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cutting fatties

dsmitty

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So I am new to all of this... smoking in general (picking up my first smoker tonight) I have been grilling for over 10 years now and just got the itch to smoke.... but what is the secret to cutting these fatties once they are done?? I would think the bacon would rip/crumble depending on its "doneness"??

Also, is it safe to just go with an internal temperature on these? Given that everything on the inside does not have to be cooked or is already pre-cooked.. .say go with an internal of 165 or whats the secret?
 

mballi3011

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First off welcome to SMF. Now cutting a fattie the only thing really needed is a good sharp knife. Then bacon and the sausage/hamburger meat will stiffen up some what during the whole smoking process thus making it easy to cut into/carve. Now for the intrnal temp if you look in the forum main page you will see the wiki section. Look up in there the temp log and that will give you the USDA re commanded temps for most all meats that we smoke. So go throw something in the smoker and and if you have any questions just post them here and we will answer them for you. Now go 
 

eman

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I just use the same electric knife i use for everything else.
 

scarbelly

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Welcome to SMF

I have very sharp knives so it is not an issue. If your knives are not sharp I would recommend a cerrated knife (like a tomato or bread knife) to eliminate the tearing with a dull knife
 

eman

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I've seen some first fatties that i needed my sawzall w an 8"wood blade to cut. LOL
 

pokey

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I've found the bacon retains some flexibility and doesn't crumble on you. A serrated knife also works fine. Regarding the temp, at a smoker temp of 250*, I've found fatties get up to an internal of 165* while the bacon still doesn't look completely done to me, so I let them go until I ilke the way the bacon looks.
 

fourthwind

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I use a nice sharp bread knife.  Works great for my fatties.
 

beer-b-q

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