trimmed butt?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by twistertail, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    Do you guys trim the fat off your butts? I had never done it before but the one I did last weekend seemed like it had more fat on it than normal so I trimmed it up and really liked the results. I always throw all the fat away when I pull it so I was throwing away alot of the part that had the rub on it. I think since I trimmed the fat it exposed more meat to the smoke and got more rub on the meat instead of the fat. So I think next time I'll trim as much fat off before I rub it. Seems like there is still enough fat in the but that it would still be moist if I trimmed off the outside fat, right?
  2. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't. I will trim off any "gross" stuff on there, like veins or the odd cartiledge looking chunk, but other than that I don't trim butts.
  3. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My prefrence is to trim off as much excess fat as possible. Yes it does expose more of the meat to smoke and rub. Pork in itself has alot of fat running through the meat fibers, especially the butts. I also try to get as much of the silver skin off as I can to.

    EDIT: I don't trim absolutly every piece of fat, just the big stuff and any cartilage and the hard section usually in the middle as well as the skin. I don't think it would be possible to get all the fat off. And like I said, pork in itself is fatty throughout the fibers. So trim if you like.
  4. flattop

    flattop Smoke Blower

    I never have trimmed the fat/fatcap off. However this past weekend the pork butt I picked up didn't have the usual fat on it. It still came out great and I had more bark to it then when there is alot of fat that I just end up taking off anyway at the end of the smoke.
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If there is a pronounced fat cap, and plentiful marbling, I will trim. I save the trimmings for adding fat to leaner ground meats for sausage. Always try to leave an eighth or so for a cap tho.
  6. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I trim mine more often than not. Their so fatty inside a bit off the top doesn't hurt it!
  7. kew_el_steve

    kew_el_steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I trim.

    Also, the last butts I did were cut in to halves thickness-wise. So I had 4 halves instead of two wholes. More bark and smoke penetration. Came out great. Only two of the halves have bone-in. But overall, an extremely successful experiment.
  8. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I don't trim, fat cap down and not much rub. Sounds bad but the 2nd step is what makes good pulled pork into FANTASTIC PULLED PORK.

    2nd step: After it is smoked, pulled, and put in fridge over night.........start the smoker again. I use an alum pan and fill it 1/2 full or so. I then get my rub ready, mix up a 4:1 ratio of apple juice and cider vinegar. Add rub and mixture as needed (every 30-45 min) and taste test. I put just enough mixture in to get it good and moist. Add rub to taste. Mix it up everytime you check it. Then freeze or eat.

    This step adds more smoke flavor and rub and has really improved my pulled pork. If you have to add bbq sauce then you better do better next time, it just won't need it.
  9. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    You only trim your butt if you are making ham.
    If you have too much excessive fat, Then it's poor cut selection.
    When choosing a butt, You should only have one layer of fat at the bottom.
    The rest of the cut will have marbling.

    After you have smoked it, You can separate the fat when pulling or slicing.

    You'll want all that fat to protect the meat from temp spikes.

    Butt hey, What do I know?
  10. winemaster

    winemaster Fire Starter

    Without a doubt, Trim & Slather then Rub!

    Cheers Dan
  11. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I normally don't trim before I smoke... I wait till it's done.
  12. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with Debi. I usually will trim some fat off of almost any cut, low & slow won't dry it out as long as it doesn't go too long.
  13. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That sounds good BigAL, I am gonna try that the next time. Twice smoked HAS to be good. I wonder how it would be with 2 parts apple juice, 1 part cider vinegar, 1 part Captain Morgan? I like the apple juice but good Lord it drives up the blood sugar. [​IMG][​IMG]
  14. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Only thing I will trim is "silver skin". I leave the fat alone unless there is gobs of it, Then I will trim it to about a thickness of 1/8 inch. then rub and smoke.
  15. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I HATE FAT! I trim that big ole hunk off to a thin layer and peel off all that icky stretchy stuff and let my meat take the smoke. Butts have plenty of fat and they're always juicy and I never have to add liquid to my butts juice.

    The last serveral months the butts around here were more fat than meat - really upsets me, but that's all there is!
  16. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree Debi, its the same around here, thats why I'm still single. [​IMG]
  17. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    LOL, Terry!!! LMAO!!!

    The butts I get don't have but MAYBE a 1/4" fat cap. The second smoke does wonders for me.

    Terry, I've also used orange juice(same sugar I suppose), and beer. Watch the ratio w/vinegar........too much of a good thing can be beer, butts([​IMG] ), the capt'n, and tequila. [​IMG]

  18. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    ROFLMAO! Terry your SOOOOOOO bad! [​IMG]
  19. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey Terry, you don't live up by "Broke Back Mt." do ya? [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  20. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Wholy Cow!!! Broke Back Mt. on Smoking Meat Forums!!! [​IMG]

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