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Old 04-09-2016, 01:33 PM   #1
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Fat Cap Up or Fat Cap Down.

As most everyone knows every cooker is different so a little comparison between Boston Butts fat cap up or fat cap down on the Blaz'n Grid Iron.
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At the 12 hour mark sitting at 160 internal degrees.


My personal preference has been Fat Cap down because it seems easier to me to pull the pork off and leave the fat in the foil.
When I do fat cap up I make Cracklings off the remainder of the cap in the grill at 500 degrees.

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Old 04-10-2016, 10:40 AM   #2
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Personal preference for me would be cap up.
It just seems having the fat side up would help to keep the roast nice a juicy?
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Old 04-10-2016, 11:11 AM   #3
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With fat side up you get automatic basting. Remember, fat lends flavor and tenderness. Why waste it?
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Personal preference for me would be cap up.
It just seems having the fat side up would help to keep the roast nice a juicy?
It might help keep the surface from drying out, but it won't affect the inside of the roast. Fat doesn't move from the surface through the meat; it just rolls down the side.
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It might help keep the surface from drying out, but it won't affect the inside of the roast. Fat doesn't move from the surface through the meat; it just rolls down the side.
Seems very similar to basting.
And how did I know you would correct me on this?
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Although I go cap up, it probably doesn't matter as I "mop" during the cook. Takes a little longer, but I like the results. I try to time the mopping to coincide with putting a fresh split in the fire box.
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Seems very similar to basting.
And how did I know you would correct me on this?
I've stopped basting. I find that continually wetting the surface prevents it from drying out sufficiently to get crusty.

Correct you? You asked a question. I assumed you wanted an answer

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Personal preference for me would be cap up.
It just seems having the fat side up would help to keep the roast nice a juicy?
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I've stopped basting. I find that continually wetting the surface prevents it from drying out sufficiently to get crusty.

Correct you? You asked a question. I assumed you wanted an answer
You know that was a wink right? I quit basting too. However, for whatever reason, I always roast skin/fat side up.
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I mop/baste to keep the dry rub from turning too dark. It is plenty crusty when I pull off to rest. Brisket is a different matter, no mopping.
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Gentlemen, in order to avoid a fight you should try it both ways and let us know your results.
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Just like the old wine commercials for Paul Masson by Orson Welles, "We will pull no swine before its time."
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I cook fat side up and mop regularly but not too often. My finished product has a nice crust.
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Fat Cap up. I make a diamond cut on it and put very thin slices on garlic in the slits. A foil tent over it until the last twenty minutes or so. Most of the fat does melt off and will be drained off and some of it will go towards the gravy along with other juices in the bottom along with the flavor of the garlic.

I too hate to baste constantly. I take the lazy way any time I can.
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Fat Cap up. I make a diamond cut on it and put very thin slices on garlic in the slits. A foil tent over it until the last twenty minutes or so. Most of the fat does melt off and will be drained off and some of it will go towards the gravy along with other juices in the bottom along with the flavor of the garlic.

I too hate to baste constantly. I take the lazy way any time I can.
That sounds good.
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That sounds good.
Once I remove the foil, I just turn the heat up (or use the broiler) and the fat gets nice and crispy.
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Good grief: True enough that the fat running down the sides doesn't penetrate the meat, but it it's a lump of meaty fat auto-basting the sides, just the thing for the crust you want.

I've read a bunch of these, and don't understand the other side, but that's why I'm here, so please explain.
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And, five minutes after I ask, I suspect the reason: you want maximum exposed crusty-bronze meat? So do I! Duh...

Has anybody tried doing it fat-cap up and suspended in a V-shaped roasting cage? So you get a free baste on three sides? That, and a six-pack, sounds like my next free afternoon. I'll report back.
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And, five minutes after I ask, I suspect the reason: you want maximum exposed crusty-bronze meat? So do I! Duh...

Has anybody tried doing it fat-cap up and suspended in a V-shaped roasting cage? So you get a free baste on three sides? That, and a six-pack, sounds like my next free afternoon. I'll report back.
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I do mine fat side down in the Kamado and up in the offsets. I never foil Boston Butts. I don't mop/baste but I do spray with 4 to 1 mix of apple juice and cider vinegar.
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I do mine fat side down in the Kamado and up in the offsets. I never foil Boston Butts. I don't mop/baste but I do spray with 4 to 1 mix of apple juice and cider vinegar.
That apple juice/cider vinegar sounds interesting. By scoring the fat, the spray can get down to the meat. I wonder what other combinations can be used.
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