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Old 08-13-2010, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default Brisket fat versus Butt fat

I made my first brisket on the UDS a few days ago, and it came out great. One thing that was weird was how 'greasy' everything was. The meat was fine, but everything else was coated in a fat glaze. The grease/drippings seemed different from the pork butts I've done- much thicker and stickier, like I could have waterproofed the whole house with this stuff. Is beef fat that different from pork fat, is it because there is so much fat on the surface, or what?

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Old 08-13-2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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Don't know, but I love them both!!!!!

Fat Rules!!!!!!! You made me hungry for BBQ just talkin' 'bout the Fat!!!!

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Old 08-13-2010, 03:58 PM   #3
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It's funny but a brisket will coat the inside of the firebox on the BGE with fat and a butt doesn't leave any fat behind at all. After a brisket I have to actually pull apart the 2 ceramic pieces in the BGE for the next cook on it.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:06 PM   #4
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the fats are differant. not a scientist and don't really care. but i know for me that i can't take much beef fat until i get queasy. but i can eat pork fat with no problems.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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All the fat from briskets I cook in the kettle fills up in my ash catcher but it's darn good stuff. I don't drink it out of the ash catcher by the way.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:04 PM   #6
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I, too, am not a scientist, but I kniow exactly what you mean. The two fats do seem to act differently. The beef fat does seem more "sludgey". But, it sure is tastey!!

I have a large disposable roasting pan ($2 at the grocery store) for use as a drip pan so I don't have to clean up a mess. Makes a nice water pan, too...
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:26 PM   #7
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Yep, more fat in a brisket than a butt, usually.
Here's a formula to determine the amount of fat that will be rendered by any cut of meat:

1.5*(fn(t_o_m)*lb)/toc-(218/tempoc*10)+(hod/aatc) = amount of fat rendered
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:05 PM   #9
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Well I'm no scientist either, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

I often put a pork butt above a brisket in my cooker and allow the rendering pork fat to baste the brisket, but I have never put a brisket above a pork butt to allow the beef fat to drip down on the pork. Not sure why, but it just seems wrong.
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