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First Three Fatties!!! With LOTS of Q-View :)

Discussion in 'Fatties' started by princess, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    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. [​IMG]

    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.

    Mexi Fatty:


    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. [​IMG]


    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.  [​IMG]


    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.


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  2. Nice job Princess.....I have only smoked 2 fatties so far but the pizza one looks delicious.

    Nothing better than hearing someone brag on your food....sometimes they eat it all before I get a piece and that just makes me smile even bigger because I just like to cook...
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  3. i need to get off my butt and smoke fatties again. oh how i love thee!
  4. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hea Princess... first of if them your first fatties they look dang good to me. i dont see anything remotley resembling a failure there... and your hubbys comments confirm that!!! back to the bacon weave, personally i dont mess with laying it out before hand, find it just as easy to create it on the rolled fatty but thats just me.... kudos to you on the fatty expierience. sounds like you got it down just in time for football season...   if i can offer up a couple of my favorites, the tomato basil mozz fattie,    kraut, taters, swiss cheese fatty,   guess i goota mention a third, lightly scramble eggs, hashbrowns breakfast fatty... my 3 favorites... great job!!![​IMG]
  5. Great looking fatties. I agree that 1 lb at a time works best. I like the dirty rice idea also. Let us know how that one goes.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2010
  6. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks mighty good from here
  7. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well lets see here.....

    LOL if they were able to eat it then it was Perfect!

    Here is my first one.


    Ya, I bet the dishwasher thing was quite the problem. But now you know, along with the rest of us.

    Something to think about is if a fatty is to hot and runny, I stick it in the freezer for a little while then pull it out and slice it while its cool. That way when it hits the plate, give it a short ride in the microwave and wa-laa its good to go. Even better if its going on a sandwich.


    Very Nice Work.
  8. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Awesome!! I don't think you could make one too big! Sounds like they were a hit. [​IMG]
  9. GREAT JOB    [​IMG]
  10. lugnutz

    lugnutz Smoking Fanatic

    I love fatties, so many things you can do with them.  The best one I have done so far was sausage stuffed with cheese japs onions and tators ( cut like fries and pre baked for 10 mins )  Wife likes beef instead of sausage...I just don't get her some days !

    For a first timer I'd say you did a fine job.  First 2 I made  I rolled out on the table and used 1.5lbs each.  Talk about uneven!!  Kinda looked like footballs, and then not long ago I screwed up and put the seam up and I ended up with a meat bowl full of tators gravy and mushrooms, still tasted good but what a mess trying to get it off the grates!
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010
  11. Looks plenty good to me Princess. I've only done one fatty to date which was awesome, but I see plenty more in my future.

    I like the dishwasher story. Whoda-thunkit?
  12. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Hi Princess

    From here those look mighty tasty and it would seem that you got the approval of the guys in the house as well.  My favorite is a chorizo - mexican cheese and egg combo with home smoked pepper bacon on the outside. Need to get one going again real soon

  13. lucky13

    lucky13 Smoke Blower

    Looks great Princess!  I need a free weekend sometime in the next couple months so I can get back to some smokin!  Fatties are definately on the list.
  14. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks a bunch for all the kind words, folks!! THANK YOU even more for giving me the ideas for fatties!! I's never even heard of them before you!

    I am beginning a 25 lb Summer Sausage project starting Monday, expect a post in a few weeks with even more pics. This is really fun!


  15. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    Great job on the fatties!

    I like the fillings and the fattie piston. Gotta try both.

    I,too, have tried bigger and now believe 1 lb works best
  16. ravenclan

    ravenclan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    those look great !!!!

    never thought about a pizza fattie , but i think i will try one this labor day weekend !!!

    keep up the great job and great ideas , I was looking for a new idea and you won with the pizza fattie !!!
  17. ravenclan

    ravenclan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    those look great !!!!

    never thought about a pizza fattie , but i think i will try one this labor day weekend !!!

    keep up the great job and great ideas , I was looking for a new idea and you won with the pizza fattie !!!
  18. richinct

    richinct Fire Starter

    "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."

    Those look great!!!

    How did those temps work for you? I have 2 fatties in now but am going with a straight 228-235 temp cause I am doing a pork butt at the same time I have a mexican/taco fattie in, I used a package of taco seasoning, mixed it with water and cooked it, chilled it and added to the meat. We'll see how that works out.  The other one is sausage tomato/basil.
  19. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    good job girl [​IMG]

    Love your narratives too  " Janky"  I haven't heard that since chicken head [​IMG]
  20. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Princess your fattie look fabulous and anyone out there would be proud to lay claim to any of those four.[​IMG] Now the fattie to me is like a welcoming present for most folks (myself included) here have never heard of one yet seen one before joining this site. Now one word of advice if you sfter you do the whole bacon weave roll out some saran wrap and roll the fattie onto it then hold onto the ends really tight. Then you roll the whole thing holding the ends of the saran wrap on the table and it will tighten up around the fattie giving you a tight rolled look. Then put it into the refrig overnight and it will be nice an pretty rolled unit.