OK, here’s how I grilled my first Fatty and what I learned. If you don’t know what a Fatty is, you’re about to find out what you’re missing. Seriously good eats! But just take notice, I did screw up a few things.
To start I cooked a few strips of bacon in the oven to my desired texture. Cook your bacon the way you like it, drain and set aside.
For grilling I’ve found the thinest bacon works the best, so buy the cheapest stuff you see.
I then sauteed 1/4 of a very large white onion and two minced cloves of garlic in butter. I always start with the onion, then add the garlic and pull from the heat when the kitchen smells of garlic and everything looks soft.
The sausage was placed on a large cutting board over clear wrap. I then worked the meat until I had about a 12″x14″ piece of meat. I then added the Onions and Garlic, spreading them out evenly across the meat. Then the Provolone and freshly chopped bacon was added.
I then rolled everything up and tucked the ends tightly to avoid gaps for the cheese to escape as it melted. At this point I used a commercial rib rub lightly dusted on the Fatty and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.
I cooked indirect on the Weber Performer at 350* until the Fatty hit 160*. Tented it and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
I found it to be a great treat for breakfast. Much better than just plain old sausage, but as you can see from the pics, I should have added some eggs to the plate. That would have completed it!
The problems I bumped into weren’t too serious, but did have an effect on the final product. Next time I need to use a rub without salt. The salt in the bacon and rub together were just too much.
I made a mess in the kitchen because I didn’t use clear wrap under the Fatty at all times. Bits and pieces of the meat stuck to the cutting board.
I used way too much onion and garlic. When the meat is wrapped it doesn’t take much to spread the taste out along the entire length of meat. I wasn’t happy with my prep on this.
We all make mistakes when cooking over live fire, especially when you’re trying something new, so Man-Up and give a Fatty a try. Just learn from my errors.