How to Make a BBQ Smoked Fatty

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Do you ever see pictures of food and think, “WOW, I bet that tastes delicious, how can I make that on my smoker?” If you’re like me, this is a common occurrence. A few weeks ago I had one of these moments when I saw a post on Instagram of a bbq smoked fatty.

After doing a little bit of research I made plans to make my first smoked Philly cheesesteak bbq fatty. This post will walk you through the steps I took, and let you know what I won’t do next time I cook one of these.

If you’re saying to yourself, “Ok, where do you find a fatty recipe?” Look no further.

This is one of my favorite things to make on a smoker.

A bbq smoked fatty is one of my favorite things to make on a pellet smoker. If you're looking for unique smoker recipes this one is fantastic. Besides, what doesn't taste amazing wrapped in bacon?! #bacon #baconwrapped #bbq #smokedmeat #traegerrrecipes

What Exactly is a BBQ Smoked Fatty?

A bbq fatty is ground beef or pork shaped into a log. It is stuffed with ingredients of your choosing and then wrapped in bacon. The bbq fatty is then smoked in a smoker. Most people prefer to slice the fatty once done and serve on its own, but some people will add that slice to a bun.

smoked mac and cheese fatty on a kaiser roll
This is what heaven looks like

Smoked Fatty Ingredients

The base for a smoked fatty is always the same.

  • Bacon
  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Pork Sausage
  • Several Strands of butcher string

I’ve made this recipe dozens of times, and I always change up the ingredients a little bit. There are tons of options available to you for fillings. I’ve made a pizza fatty with pepperoni, marinara, and mozzarella inside. Other options include:

One of my favorite flavor combos is the Philly cheesecake fatty. When I was in college there was a Philly cheesecake shop just down the street from where I live. I practically lived on those things during the school year.

If you’re making the Smoked Philly Cheese Steak Fatty add the following ingredients to the meat:

  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Mustard Powder

Alternatively, you can use a tablespoon of my beef rub. The flavor profile of that rub really blends well with the flavors here.

The Filling for a Smoked Philly Cheese Steak Fatty is:

  • Provolone Cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Diced Green Pepper
  • Onion

Smoked Fatty Steps

  1. On a foil-lined baking sheet create a loose bacon weave with a half-pound of bacon.
  2. Combine the sausage and ground beef and then place it on top of the bacon weave. Flatten out until the majority of the weave is covered.
  3. Add your filling on top of the meat and evenly spread.
  4. Take your slices of cheese and evenly space them until the entire “flat” of meat and toppings are covered. It’s okay if they overlap.
  5. Using the foil as a helper, tightly roll the bacon/meat/cheese/filling onto itself until you have a tight loaf.
  6. Layout several strands of butcher string perpendicular to the roll, and then roll the fatty back onto the string until you can pull each strand through, and then wrap and tie it off.
  7. Place in your smoker and smoke for one hour at 225.
  8. After one hour, increase your temperature to 325 degrees and cook for about an hour and fifteen minutes.
  9. After an hour of cooking at 325 check the internal temperature using a Thermapen or Thermopop. When the internal temp is at 165, it’s done!
Smoked Fatty with Mac and Cheese
Smoked Fatty with Mac and Cheese

Cooking a BBQ Fatty

I’ve made this Smoked Fatty recipe dozens of times now. It’s by far my favorite recipe here at SmokedMeatSunday.com. Don’t be afraid to play with the filling. It’s tough to mess this one up!

Smoked Philly Cheese Fatty
Yield: 8

Smoked Philly Cheese Fatty

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

It's a Philly Cheesesteak, wrapped in meat, wrapped in bacon. Simple to make, and wonderfully delicious. If you've never had a smoked fatty, this is the one you have to try! 

Be creative with what you put inside! Another great way to make a smoked fatty is to fill it with swiss cheese, mushrooms, and onion to make a mushroom swiss smoked fatty.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound of bacon
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lbs ground pork sausage
  • 2 tbsp Nick's Beef Rub, recipe link in notes
  • 8 ounces Provolone Cheese, sliced thin
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, whipped, room temp
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 2 Jalapeno, diced
  • Several Strands of butcher string
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin

Instructions

  1. Place the green pepper, onion, and jalapeno in a large skillet with olive oil and simmer over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent and the green pepper wilts. Set aside.
  2. On a foil-lined baking sheet create a loose bacon weave with a half pound of bacon.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground beef, sausage, and beef rub
  4. Place the meat mixture on top of the bacon weave, and flatten out until the majority of the weave is covered.
  5. Add the jalapeno, green pepper, and onion on top of the meat and evenly spread.
  6. Take your slices of cheese and evenly space them until the entire "flat" of meat and toppings are covered. It's okay if they overlap...
  7. Using the foil as a helper, tightly roll the bacon/meat/cheese/filling onto itself until you have a tight loaf.
  8. Lay out several strands of butcher string perpendicular to the roll, and then roll the fatty back onto the string until you can pull each strand through, and then wrap and tie it off.
  9. Place in your smoker and smoke for one hour at 225 degrees.
  10. After one hour, increase your temperature to 325 degrees and cook for an hour and fifteen minutes.
  11. Remove from smoker, clip off your strands of butcher string, slice, and eat!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 705 Total Fat: 55g Saturated Fat: 23g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 179mg Sodium: 1331mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 46g
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11 Replies to “How to Make a BBQ Smoked Fatty

  1. I smoke several Fatty’s. Hot breakfast sausage and cheddar, maple breakfast sausage and jalapeno cream cheese, regular breakfast sausage and pepper jack, ground turkey and stuffing (served with brown gravy) Italian sausage with mozzarella, peppers and onions and what I call a bacon cheeseburger fatty. Hamburger and sausage mix and Was having a great day until I got called n 2 work. jack wrapped in bacon. All are delicious.

    Place a pound of meat inside of a gallon freezer bag and flatten it out. Cut down the sides of the bag to open it. Place filling on one end and roll. Smoke at 225 until done. For bacon wrapped fatty, I cook to an internal temperature of 110 then increase temp to 500 until bacon is crisp to finish.

  2. Can you do a fatty in your oven by sitting the dish with wood chips directly under the dish with the fatty and covering it all with foil? Or is that a big mistake?

  3. Do you place the meat directly on the smoker or in the baking pan you used to assemble it. It sounds amazing!!!

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