In its purest form, a fatty is most easily described as those sausage chubs that you can find at most grocery stores. The brands can vary (especially when dealing with smaller local markets), but some of the most common national brands are Jimmy Dean, Bob Evans and Hormel. The concept is simple, but extremely effective. Carefully remove the plastic sleeve leaving the chub shape intact, season with your favorite barbecue rub, and toss it on the smoker. Sound familiar? Well, this is the technique that inspired our Bacon Explosion recipe.
Our friend Ron Lewen has recently devoted himself to a world-wide campaign dedicated to Saving the Naked Fatty. As much as we enjoy the extravagant bacon wrapped and cheese stuffed fatties that are floating around the interwebs these days, we wanted to pay tribute to Rons efforts and dish up our version of the fore-father to the Bacon Explosion. Those of you that are fans of our BBQ Addicts Facebook page got a sneak peek of this recipe over the weekend, but now were rolling out the entire process with even more pictures!
We started out by picking up a couple of 1 pound sausage chubs at the grocery store. We like our food on the hotter side, so I went with a medium and a hot.
Carefully remove the plastic sleeve while trying not to disturb the natural chub shape. Once removed, sprinkle gingerly with your favorite barbecue rub. I chose to use our Burnt Finger BBQ Pork Rub because of the lower salt content, but any will do. Just keep in mind that sausage is already seasoned pork, so the sodium levels can get out of control really quickly if go heavy on the rub.
Place the sausage on a grill or smoker over indirect heat at 250 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, which will take about an hour.
While the sausage was smoking away on the grill, I sauteed some sweet yellow onions and fresh jalapenos in a touch of grape seed oil.
After about 30 minutes I took a quick peek to add some more wood chips, and this is what I found inside the grill.
Once the sausage reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees, give it a quick glazing of barbecue sauce. I used our brand new Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet Sauce. The sugar in the sauce will thicken and caramelize as the sausage finishes cooking.
Once the sausage reaches 160 degrees, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes so the juices can settle back into the meat. Since these are relatively small pieces of meat, I just let them rest until Im able to handle them without burning my fingers. Bigger cuts of meat like briskets and butts would need to rest quite a bit longer because they retain quite a bit more heat. Once cooled, slice the fatties into 1/4 to 1/2 inch discs.
We liked the flavor of the hot sausage better, so I placed all of the discs from that fatty on a warm freshly baked baguette.
I then topped the meat off with the onions and peppers
and drizzled barbecue sauce over the entire sandwich.
As simple as this dish is, its extremely tasty and an extremely easy sausage recipe and a way to get your barbecue fix in the middle of the week when you dont have time for those long smoke sessions. Show us your fatty by posting pictures to our Facebook fan page.