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Butt Question

TomTom Posts: 189
edited 7:20AM in EggHead Forum
Anyone score there butt before cooking?
Similiar to a Ham with cross section cuts.[p]Wonder if it will get more smoke if I did that.[p]Tom

Comments

  • Tom,
    I always score the fat cap, but never the meat.

  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    Tom, IMHO, scoring may add to deeper penetrations of rubs and seasonings. Try it and see in regards to the smoke.
    C~W

  • TomTom Posts: 189
    one feral kat,[p]Well I wasnt going to do it real deep. I dont know just sounded like a good idea. [p]I try to trim the fat off the bottom of the butt the best I can. [p]What does resting it in foil after its done do? I havent ever done that. I usually pull it right away.[p]Tom
  • Big MurthBig Murth Posts: 350
    one feral kat,
    Doing a 7 lb. butt tonight. Shouldn't I leave the fat on that one side, and do you cook up or down?
    Thanks Kat!
    Big Murth

  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    Tom, do that, pull right away..foil it only if you have to hold temps for a trip or guests arrival..if that baby is due, deliver it. Have buns, sauce, beans, side stuff ready for the operation..heeeeyaaaa.
    :-)
    C~W[p]

  • TomTom Posts: 189
    Big Murth,[p]I trim what I can and put the fat side down. I figure it i put the fat side up it would wash away my rub as it runs down the side. Who knows though.[p]Tom

  • Big Murth, fat cap up or down has been debated several times here. Personally I only score it before rubbing and then always position so the cap is on top. IMHO the cooking process is to render the fat, which gives the flavor to a butt so running down the sides is all part of the process. Besides by the time it gets to the plateau tempature for the rendering the 'bark" is aleardy pretty much down and isn't going to wash off easily anyway.

  • Big MurthBig Murth Posts: 350
    one feral kat,
    Thanks! Don't want to get too fancy here, but has anyone put any liquid, i.e., vinegar..in the drip pan while cooking? Would that ruin/enhance flavors?
    Thanks again.......Big Murth
    p.s. I didn't score the fat, and the Butt's in the frig enjoying it's rubdown, as I write. Will it hurt to score it this evening before the cook starts?

  • JimWJimW Posts: 450
    Tom,
    I do mine fat side up. That way you kind of baste the meat. I use a mustard slather first and then the rub and have never had a problem with the rub running off.
    JimW

  • TomTom Posts: 189
    JimW,[p]Do you trim the fat any?[p]Tom
  • JimWJimW Posts: 450
    Tom,
    No. The bottoms of the ones I get generally have no fat. The tops (the rounded side) have a fair amount but not at all excessive.
    JimW

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