Smoking a Fatty

One of the most simple and effortless things to BBQ in your smoker is the classic fatty (also spelled fattie). These little gems are guaranteed to make you a couple of new friends, as long as you are willing to share. And why not? We all know that BBQ is all about sharing… and, of course, deliciousness.
There are many variations to this wonderful little creation. One of them actually made national headline news back in January as the Bacon Explosion. This simple fatty requires a little less effort to make and there isn’t any weaving involved.
The recipe is as follows: take a log of Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage (or any other brand of your choosing), remove it from the packaging and roll it in your favorite BBQ Rub. Be sure to get good coverage. Smoke this log for a couple of hours between 225-250°F or until you reach the Jimmy Dean recommended internal temperature 160°F. Slice into mouth-watering medallions and prepare to be popular.
These are perfect little appetizers and/or breakfast food… they go perfectly on a bagel with some cream cheese. you can do an internet search and find a multitude of variations for barbecuing a fattie, but I recommend trying this simple version first.

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15 Responses to Smoking a Fatty

  1. TonyC June 20, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    I have always been confused about exactly what a “fatty” is. Your post provided cleared that up. I’m now going to include it in my next cook. So just roll in rub? Have you tried anything else with this?

  2. Bham June 26, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    I will smoke a fatty soon, now that I know what it means. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Also there is a bbq team called Smokin a Fattie, I have one of their beer sleeves (cuzzie???)

    • Kathi Highlander Rice January 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      you do know that phrase is stolen from another product that doesn’t go on the grill, right?

  3. Brian July 9, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Looks great! I also just learned exactly what a fatty is and will be smoking one up soon! I have been grilling almost every night now that its summer and have been getting a lot of other great recipes from our Weber site. Check it out for different grilling methods and great recipes! (http://weber.com/recipes/Recipe.aspx?rid=62).
    Brian (Weber)

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  4. Albert Parker July 22, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your post. You are very knowledgeable in the field. You are definitely right about The Fattie making some new friends.

  5. Kerry Wilson August 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    One of my coworkers has gotten me pretty excited about trying this. It might be next on my agenda (after a brisket). However, I don’t see your recipe or how you cooked it.

  6. Andrew Pelt January 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    This is a wonderful idea. I am sure many people will find this useful. Quit Smoking

  7. Ken Mcmains February 5, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Very informative article. I’ve found your blog via Yahoo and I’m really glad about the information you provide in your articles. Btw your sites layout is really messed up on the Chrome browser. Would be really great if you could fix that. Anyhow keep up the good work!

  8. stonerguy99 June 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    im always smokin a fatty but usually theres no grill or sausage involved if ya know what i mean haha. bacon sounds pretty good right about now haha.

  9. PalmerBBQ September 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    The best thing about fatties are how creative you can be in making them. You can put anything imaginable in the middle.

  10. Jason November 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    love the title of this one.

    Ill subscribe.

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