As it cooks, the flavorful juices and drippings infuse into the sauce, making it even more rich and tasty. Make sure to remove most of the fat that’s sitting on top so it doesn’t make the sauce too greasy. All of the liquid left in the vessel is then reduced until it becomes a thickened tomato-based barbecue sauce.
Do you cook pork fat up or fat down?
We think it’s best to cook the pork butt with the fat side facing up. The fat will slowly baste the pork as it renders, keeping the meat tender and moist. This method will also help you avoid flare-ups, which could occur if the melting pork fat was in direct contact with the heat source.
How much fat should I leave on pulled pork?
Prepping the pork shoulder
Start with a pork shoulder in the seven-to-eight-pound range. Trim off the excess “fat cap,” but leave a 1/8-inch-thick layer of fat to keep the meat moist during the long cooking process.
Do you cut the fat off pork shoulder before smoking?
When you master how to trim a Boston butt, you’ll find that trimming this piece of meat allows the rub and smoke to penetrate more fully. You’re going to remove the thick skin usually located on two sides of the shoulder, as well as excess pieces of fat that would not render properly during cooking.
Do you cook meat with the fat side up or down?
Fat side down tastes better
Because the fat is on the bottom, when it melts it will not wash the seasoning away, and the bark retains all the flavors you added. Additionally, the smoke produced as the fat hits the hot coals will add a great flavor to your meat. In most cookers, the heat comes from underneath the meat.
Do you take the skin off pork shoulder before cooking?
Should the meat be skinless? Pork shoulder that’s due to be pulled should always be skinless to allow the flavours to permeate. You can ask your butcher to do this for you, but if you’re removing it yourself, don’t let the skin go to waste – roast it until crunchy and serve it on the side or as a snack.
When smoking a Boston butt do you put the fat side up or down?
Place pork butt on the smoker, fat side up and close the lid. Smoke for 6 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees.
What can I do with the fat cap from pork shoulder?
The fat cap can contribute flavor and texture to the pork, but it’s important not to overdo it. We prefer to trim the fat cap to about 1/4 inch, then use the trimmings as a seasoning for other dishes. You can use what’s left of the fat cap to add moisture to the pulled pork after cooking.