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What is your reason?

How do you cook your Briskets and Butts, fat up or down and why?


  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,300
    Doesn't matter. I don't have any preference. I will sometimes do fat down if it is not fully trimmed so I don't loose any bark(the fat sticks to the grate instead)
  • I go fat up so that the fat bastes the meat as it renders down.  Don't know if it really makes a difference or not though.
    Large BGE Decatur, AL
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,494
    Fat down here-as @eggcelsior says, if anything sticks, it's the fat.  But I have done fat side up and find no difference in taste.  YMMV-
  • I've done em both ways and can't tell much difference except as mentioned the fat sticking
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,438
    Butts fat down because I was told to by the old forum. I have never done briskets.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Butt fat up so far in my rookie career. Might try it down next time. 
  • I always cook with fat up for 2 reasons 1st is I think the fat rendering some night go into the meat and 2nd is less chance of flare up 
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  • Just my 2 cents......I always cook fat side down on both Brisket and Butts......the fat from the top will not run through the meat it will just roll down the sides.....much better bark with fat side down........there should be no flare up using the meat side down, you lose a lot of good bark sticking to the grid.....before and after pictures below
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,434
    Can we please stop talking about butts up or down?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Thanks for the advice John, would've never thought about it ruining the bark but makes a lot of sense.
  • When I'm on the top rack, the fat on my butt is up.  When I'm on the bottom rack, the fat on my butt is down.  ;)


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