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First butt. Fat cap up or down

WinoWino Posts: 69
edited 4:56AM in EggHead Forum
Doing my first overnight butt. Got a nice 8 pounder covered in slap yo’ mamma butt rub. Should I put it fat cap up or fat cap down. Also should I use a v rack over a drip pan or just a raised grid over the pan? Looking to put her on around 9 tonight for Sunday dinner. Really looking forward to my first overnight adventure.


  • Wino, done them both ways, each turned out great. Fat on top, self bastes. Fat on bottom, no burning of the meat on the bottom and seasoning is on the meat on top (not the fat.)[p]All-in-all, I actually go against most and put the fat down. But again, yours will be fine either way.

  • Wino,
    I've always put the fat cap up, but who's to say that's right? Beats me why I do it that way, now that I think of it! LOL. I have used a vrack over a pan as well as a grid over a pan. Both see to work equally well.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • The Naked Whiz, funny you should mention why you don't know why you alway did it that way. I tried fat down just to break convention. And now I prefer fat down. I wonder what else we "know" is right, but in reality can be improved upon. The doneness of pork recently comes to mind.

  • WinoWino Posts: 69
    The Other Dave,
    I think I am going to try fat side down. Some how I might be able to justify it as “lower in fat”. LOL When I pull the pork should I keep the fat cap or pitch it. Generally I am not a big fan of fat or grizzle. Thinking if it is full of flavor I could chop it up so I cannot tell. Looking forward to the first all nighter.

  • Wino, With this technique, the fat cap has done its job (taken the sear). Pitch it.[p]Let us all know how it turns out for you. We are all learning.

  • SSDawgSSDawg Posts: 69
    Wino,[p]I do fat cap down only for convenience. When I pull the butt off the grill, the fat cap stays, and no meat sticks to the grill. There is enough fat and connective tissue in the meat to make the "basting" point moot, IMO. However, I have friends who swear by the "cap-up" method, so I could very well be wrong.

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