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Old 06-12-2005, 08:08 AM   #1
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This is a hotly debated topic, and very well respected q-gurus will give you different answers. Some say the rendering fat trickles down, some say it's better to sit it in its own juices so the bottom doesn't burn or overcook.

Choose one method, make notes and do the opposite next time. Then report back here with your notes!!!
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:08 AM   #2
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You trying to start a fight here?
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:09 AM   #3
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Re: Fat Flat up or down

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OK - so I have a small Flat I am officially bbqing today (will be posting pictures if I can figure out how to upload them here.

Should the fat side of a Flat (say that 5 times fast) be up or down to start? And more importantly, why does it matter?

I thought it should be up so the fat melts on top of the food to keep it moist... but I thought I saw a couple of places where the experts here say start with it down.

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I do mine fat sid up, but many do theirs fat side down. They do it that was to protect the underside of the brisket from the heat and drying out. Flats are typically over trimmed in the stores around here. If you are not sure and you feel like something different, put it fat side down and put a few strips of bacon on top. That way you are covered bother ways! Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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Larry and other say you for the reason you stated.
Minion and others say flat down to protect the meat.

Most flats don't have a whole lot of fat anyway. You may want to cook it fat side down and lay bacon slices on top. Someone suggested that a while back. May have been Minion.
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I done mine both ways, and I prefer fat side down ... then letting it rest in foil with fat side up.

I just took a Foodsavered Point out of the Freezer. Mmmmm.
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Damn Larry, you snuck in while I was typing. #-o
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If he asks about water vs. sand, or what type of sauce to use, he's definately trying to stir things up! Keep an eye on this Cruising guy!
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Thats what I'd do, fat down with some bacon on the top.
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Further proof that Carolina q is better than Texas q...even when they do beef they're still putting bacon on it!

Whoops, did I say that out loud?

Im sorry Lord, forgive me, be with the pygmies....

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Further proof that Carolina q is better than Texas q...even when they do beef they're still putting bacon on it!

Whoops, did I say that out loud?

Im sorry Lord, forgive me, be with the pygmies....

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Beef bacon, I'm sure. :biggrin:

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