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Sunday, October 4, 2009

My Fatty Piston

A fatty is a chub of sausage, (usually a 1lb chub) cooked on a smoker. There are so many options on how you can prepare your fatty....stuffed, unstuffed, wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with dry rub.... it's endless.
One fatty recipe is the Bacon Explosion, made popular by the BBQ Addicts. their fatty contains bacon on the inside as well as the outside...thus the "bacon explosion"


Normally fatty fillings are sprinkled on top of a rectangle of sausage and then it's rolled up. I decided to make a "fatty piston"for my filling.
I wanted to try out my new fatty piston which was inspired by a talented smoker named Grillinski, he came up with the idea. Grillinski made a piston with a wooden disc and an arrow shaft for the piston rod.

I just made mine out of schedule 40 pvc.



To try out my fatty piston I made some corned beef hash... sauteed onions and garlic in a bit of oil, added corned beef, salt and pepper.






Then I added cheese and minced jalapenos to the filling....
and let it cool.






My piston.....






I place the piston on some plastic wrap.... then start filling



I tamp down the filling as I go...














After filling, I wrap the tube in plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge...


I roll my spicy hot sausage out in a large plastic baggie....




Cut the top of the baggie open....




Shoot the filling onto the sausage using my fatty piston....




then use the plastic to fold the spicy sausage around the corned beef filling....




I made a bacon weave......



Roll the bacon weave around the corned beef hash stuffed fatty......let it chill until time to smoke.







Into my drum smoker for 4 hours.......









The spicy hot sausage fatty, stuffed with corned beef hash and wrapped in a bacon weave...











It was tasty and I love my fatty piston! It was fun to use..... I'll think up some more stuffings to try.



Now if I could figure out a way to make tortillas with my drill press maybe I could get some sleep at night. lol




Another piston fattie... Fried Potato and Ham Smoked Fattie

Another Breakfast Fattie

73 comments:

nick f said...

Cowgirl,
That is easily the most delicious thing I think I have ever seen. Weaving a bacon mat, pure genius. Keep it up!

cowgirl said...

Hey Nick, good to see ya!
Thanks too! :)
I'm starting to think that anything wrapped in bacon and smoked has got to be tasty. lol

Hope you start your blog back up... I enjoyed it!

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

That's a pretty interesting thing to do with a bunch of different things Jeanie. Weaving bacon? That is going to be an interesting thing to simply fry up all by itself too. All the other goodies are going to have to wait until I find the time and a smoker. But I would probably kill just for taste of that. lol

Bushman said...

Cowgirl,
That is a work of art. I love the weave. What about a venison loin, with a rolling cut so it is flat, a layer of garlic humus spread on it and then your piston stuffing. Wrapped in a bacon weave. The possibilities are endless. PS I tested my smoker last night. Works great except my burner won't go low enough wants to be above 200 degrees so I need a diffrent one. Goose jerky is resting in fridge right now.

Anonymous said...

Dang girl, that FATTY PISTON is a dandy idea, and the filling looks very tasty. You want to get married? Oh yea thats right I am already married dang nab it just my luck a day late and a dollar short. LOL. Jeanie you are quite the smoking queen.

Jerry

Big Dude said...

Magnificent looking fatty - you are one creative lady

Wayne said...

Wow...wow...and wow. Amazing. You are full of ideas. I can't wait to get the cook book.

Thanks for tantalizing my taste buds.

Wayne

cowgirl said...

lol Mark, No need to kill for it, I'd send a bacon weave wrapped fatty to ya! :)
It was a pretty tasty combination of ingredients....but you can never go wrong when wrapping something in bacon. lol
Thank you Mark, hope your weekend was a good one!

cowgirl said...

Thanks Bushman! I like the sound of venison stuffed with hummus. Bet that would be tasty!
Can't wait to see your new smoker in action. :)

cowgirl said...

lol Jerry! Thanks for the marriage offer anyway. I doubt that Mrs Jerry would approve. lol
The fatty piston worked great and it was fun to use. I'm thinking about other uses for it..maybe stuff meatloaf before smoking. There are so many options as far as fillings go.

Thank you Jerry!! :)

cowgirl said...

Big Dude, Thank you so much! The fatty was so tasty. I made a sandwich with a slice of it the next day. I think it would be good with a poached egg on top and drizzled with holandaise too. :)

cowgirl said...

Thank you Wayne! :)
If I ever get around to making a cookbook, I'll sure let you know. :)

Ken said...

Hi, Cowgirl long time no hear from, but I see you have been busy as a bee, coming up with all sorts of tricks. You go girl, that just looks wonderful, great job as usual. If you get around to it send me your info on your piston, I've got tons of PVC.

Excellent Job!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the piston! What a great way to keep a uniform shaped fatty.

Did I hear/see a marriage proposal? You may wanna get some of that canned chicken ready for the "Dr's Cure". You're looking a little under the weather...sniffle...sniffle...itchyand watery eyes :)

cowgirl said...

Hey Ken, good to see ya, it's been awhile. Hope the pool business is doing well.
I'll send the piston info to you..it's easy to make, just cut and glue. lol

Thanks Ken!

Becky said...

I love the piston! You or Grillinski should patent that baby! :-)

cowgirl said...

lol Thanks Mr D!
If Jerry weren't already taken, I just might take him up on the offer. :)
You're right though, there's that allergy I seem to have. lol

Thanks D!

Anonymous said...

Hey you bet Sap! What did you use or the plunger portion of your fatty piston? That is a neat design. I want one!

cowgirl said...

Hi Becky good to see ya!
Thanks! I really like the thing, it's easy to use and kinda fun. lol

Grillinski is the one that thought the piston up, he deserves all the credit! I just made mine out of pvc for easy cleaning.

Thanks again Becky! :)

cowgirl said...

Sap, it's all pvc... two pieces of pvc pipe, a pvc disc, (I cut it to fit) and a pvc cap that fits in the palm of my hand. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Cowchick! I WILL have one of these!

cowgirl said...

You're sure welcome Mr D! Hope ya like it! :)

Anonymous said...

What temp do you smoke this fattie at? I'm going to have to try this baby out. That looks awesome. Thanks,

RB

cowgirl said...

Thanks RB!
I smoked it on my drum and tried to keep the temperature around 290. I mainly watched the bacon... I like it a bit crispy. :)

Chris said...

Your rolling tricks are a step above the self taught ones I've come up with. I really picked up a few tricks here, I must not be an old dog just yet, eh?

I loved that piston idea when it was on the forum, just haven't gotten around to making one.

cowgirl said...

Hey Chris, You're not an old dog at all! :)

I had been wanting to make this for awhile too... it didn't take long to put together but took me awhile to get around to making it. :)
I sure am happy with it though.

Thanks Chris! (((HUG)))

Bushman said...

Cowgirl,
What do you mean getting around to making a cook book. It's right here. Unfortunatley your not cashing in on it. Food Network is missing out on one hell of a show. They don't have this one. Self sufficient cowgirl cooks and lives like most of us dream of. I can see a tin coffe pot steaming on a fire next to a bacon wrapped fatty, boots and spurs and a coyote howling in the distance. Thats money girl. Goose is smoking as I type. Check out my blog. Lots of pics and updates as well. See Ya Cowgirl!!!!!

cowgirl said...

Bushman...Thanks! :)
I am hoping to throw a few recipes into a small book, see how it goes.

I'm so happy to hear your Mrs made it home from the hospital. Still sending good thoughts your way for you and family.... hope all goes well.

Your jerky looks great!

jason said...

Cowgirl- I read your stuff on SMF and here, and can't understand how you cant be 400 lbs with a heart problem- God I love this stuff! Keep up the good work-

jcurrier

cowgirl said...

Hahaha! Jason!
My ornery range bred, fence jumping cows keep me on the move...there's no time to gain weight. lol

Thanks Jason, good to see ya! :)

jeanie

pete said...

Cowgirl you need your own show on the food network!!! move over Paula Dean!!!!

cowgirl said...

lol Thanks Pete!!
I'm so camera shy, do you think they would let me film it with a bag over my head. lol!

Tarheel Bill said...

The Fatty looks great as always. I want to learn how to do the bacon weave.

tarheel bill

cowgirl said...

Thank you Bill! Good to see ya.
I should make a post on weaving bacon.. it's a lot easier than it looks. lol

Phil aka Car2back said...

I've been gone too long, my list of things to try from your blog is starting to pile up, I' ve been slacking!!! lol

cowgirl said...

lol Phil, Welcome back! :)
Hope you are doing well.

Thanks :)

Shery Jespersen said...

Love your blog, looking forward to trying your recipes! Stop by for a visit in Wyoming. My blog is: http://reataroseranch.blogspot.com/ . I just began working for MaryJane's Farms as a freelance contributor. If you've not heard of the company, you'd love their publications...and especially MaryJane's book, Outpost. Check it out. Happy Trails, Shery Jespersen, WY

cowgirl said...

Thank you Shery!
I'm afraid I've never heard of MaryJane's... I will check it out. :)

kevin stewart said...

I think you are great, that's the best lookin breakfast i have ever seen keep up the good work on everythin on that farm that shrimp farmin is pretty cool too. -kevin stewart

cowgirl said...

Thank you so much Kevin! You've made my day! :)

Thank you for checking out my blog and for stopping by!
The shrimp have been a fun crop to raise and they are so tasty. :)

Thanks Kevin,
jeanie

Derek said...

I've been visiting your blog for about a week now, gathering information and marveling at all the awesome stuff you make. I've been grilling/smoking for a couple of years now, and I thought I had skillz until I saw what you can do lol. I'm jealous. Also... my girlfriend is jealous of YOU and she doesn't know I joined this blog. :D

Outstanding work!!

cowgirl said...

lol Derek! Thanks for the kind comments and for the laugh!

I'm also glad that you enjoy my blog. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Dan said...

I think this fatty will be part of the our New year festivities this year.
Thanks for all your hard work on this blog. I have began to read your daily blog to the boys here in the Hayden Street Department every morning as part of our morning briefing . You are quite the inspiration
Thanks

cowgirl said...

Dan, I sure hope my posts don't put your fiends to sleep! lol
Please tell them I'll try to make things more exciting around here. :)
Hope the fatty works out well for you Dan, please let me know how it goes.

Thank you for the kind comments and for reading my blog. I appreciate it Dan!

Hope you have a great New Year. :)

upstatefarmboy said...

I am going to make a fatty what a great idea! the list of possible fillings is endless! I am going to take my jerkey shooter apart and use the tube and plunger for the fatty press. I think it will work ok. guess I will find out!
I will let you know, and try to post pics.
Em.....

cowgirl said...

Em, good luck with that fattie! I bet it will be tasty. :)

Ardy said...

Cowgirl, just found your site this week and mucho impressivo!!! One question, when your wrap the weave around the fattie do you toothpick it place or what?

Thanks

cowgirl said...

Thank you so much Ardy! I appreciate you stopping by. :)

I use no tooth pics. It takes about one pound of bacon to wrap the fattie and I just roll and tuck in the sides as I go.
Laying the bacon weave out on a sheet of plastic helps a lot...then I use the plastic to help roll and shape as I go.

Hope this helps Ardy, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks again for the nice comment and for stopping by!

jeanie

JonCone said...

That's heaven on earth...

Jon

cowgirl said...

Jon thank you! The bacon wrapped fatties are pretty tasty and the fillings are endless.
Thanks for stopping by! :)
jeanie

Sark said...

Just want to say that I love your blog and I check it everyday. Anyway I have been thinking about this fattie piston for some time and was wondering if you would share the info on how you made this wonderful little contraption?

James
Tulsa

cowgirl said...

Thank you James! I appreciate the nice comment and appreciate you checking out my blog.
I made the piston from potable water grade pvc.
The larger tube is 2" in diameter and it's 8" long.
The smaller tube is 1" in diameter and 11" long.
I glued a cap on one end to fit the palm of my hand and glued a plastic disc on the other end of the piston to push the filling out.

I roll the sausage inside of a one gallon baggie..and they are about 10 inches wide. SO I do not fill the piston all the way with stuffing.. I fill it with about 6 inches of stuffing.
(hope that makes sense. lol )

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thanks again James! :)

cowgirl said...

James, I forgot to mention, I just posted another breakfast fattie last night. If you click on the "front door" page of my blog you can see it.
If you make a piston, let me know how it goes please.
Thanks!
jeanie

Mr. Clydesdale said...

Howdy Cowgirl!
I found you two days ago and I am already a huge fan. I've probably already spent a couple of hours looking around. Your food, your equipment, your DIY projects, you really are something. I went and got the fixins for a fatty and I'll do it up with some ribs this weekend.

cowgirl said...

Thank you Mr. Clydesdale! It's nice to meet you. :) I appreciate you stopping in to check out my blog... and for taking the time to post.
Hope you enjoy the fattie, the fillings are endless. I seem to be stuck on the fried potato and ham one.. it's just so tasty. lol

Hope you have a great weekend! :)
Thanks again...

JavaBen said...

Cowgirl,

I've been married 35 years. This is the first time my wife is worried.

cowgirl said...

Hahaha... JavaBen, thanks for the laugh! Also..Thanks for stopping by. :)

J. Micca said...

I have been wanting to try the fatty piston for a while now and finally put one together and have a fatty on the smoker now!
The filling is apple & chorizo dressing with liberal amounts of cajun seasoning.
Thank you for posting this superb 'invention'!

cowgirl said...

J Micca, Thanks! Your filling ingredients sound great!! :)

suicidevw said...

Just found your site christmas eve 2010. Awesome to say the least. Never heard of a fatty before, so I thought I'd try it out. Bacon weave page was great!! turned out unbelievable. Thanks much!!!
Chris

cowgirl said...

Thanks Chris! So glad to hear the fattie turned out well for you! :)
I appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog too.
Thanks! :)

panthers76 said...

Cowgirl,

Looks good. I am going to have to try that. Once you should try is a pizza fatty. Just use pizza stuff for the filling and make your fatty. Then, I made pizza dough and wrapped around the fattie when it was done. Then put back on the smoker for another 20-30 min at 350 until dough was golden brown. Very good!

cowgirl said...

Panthers that sounds tasty!
Thanks! :)

MB said...

Hi, I like your 'fattie piston'. Could you please post instructions on how to make it? What diameter schedule 40 did you use and what did you use for the bottom of the plunger? Your Fattie looks wonderful and as soon as I make the piston I WILL be making a Fattie on my grill and over my 'pit' at camp. Thanks! PS. You could send directions to 'duziteverend@yahoo.com' if you prefer! Thanks again! Mary

cowgirl said...

Hi Mary, Thanks!!
The piston instructions are posted at the top right of my page in the "favorites" list....about the 4th item down.
Hope this helps. Good luck to ya! :)

panthers76 said...

Hi Jeanie,

Quick question. Is that 2" pipe and what is that tool you use to pack down the filling?

Thanks!

Bill

cowgirl said...

Hi Bill!
Yes the larger piece is 2" in diameter and the inside smaller "plunger" is 1" pvc with a plastic disc attached to one end and a pvc cap attached to the other end.
You can make them any size.
Good luck to ya! :)

panthers76 said...

Thanks...

cowgirl said...

You're welcome Bill, good luck! :)

Karl Miller said...

Hey cow girl.
That sure looks good
Thanx for showing.
nice weave
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cowgirl said...

Thank you Karl! Also thanks for stopping by. :)

Alf Rasmussen said...

wow love this. Have never made one myself, but this summer it's on my to do list :)

Love your site.

Nafle - Alf-

cowgirl said...

Hi Alf... It's nice to see you! :)
The piston is handy to have for stuffing fatties. It works great for meatloafs too.
Hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by. :)