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Zippo Guy

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What does a tray of water do?
« on: January 30, 2021, 03:39:36 PM »
I've noticed a lot of you have a tray, can or some other source of water under the meat during the cook.  I've heard it was for keeping the meat moist,  for catching grease, or some other purpose.  Why do you use it?

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Fhar

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2021, 03:41:27 PM »
You're corrwct for both of those reasons you mentioned. Keeping your protein moist and catching drippings off the protein. And keeping your grill ckeaner will b the next reason for me.
I've noticed a lot of you have a tray, can or some other source of water under the meat during the cook.  I've heard it was for keeping the meat moist,  for catching grease, or some other purpose.  Why do you use it?

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bbqking01

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What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2021, 03:45:28 PM »
Agree with both. Help sort of steam, Iíve noticed with hot and fast helps meat from burning, or drying out.


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HoosierKettle

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2021, 04:01:00 PM »
Itís also a heat sink to regulate temps on low and slow.  Or at least thatís the idea.


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SMOKE FREAK

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2021, 04:22:14 PM »
In my experience steam in the smoker or grill only increases the chance of depositing bitter creosote on the meat surface. The steam does nothing to keep the meat moist. But we all have our own opinions and techniques...

bbqking01

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2021, 04:35:10 PM »

In my experience steam in the smoker or grill only increases the chance of depositing bitter creosote on the meat surface. The steam does nothing to keep the meat moist. But we all have our own opinions and techniques...
im interested in how that would deposit creosote. Iíve never had that happen unless it came from the buildup on the lid that fell off...easily removed.


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Foster Dahlet

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2021, 09:44:47 PM »
Water below the pan is primarily a drip pan, with drippings mixed in for a gravy. Water in pan above charcoal is for humidity in the cooker for moisture, which keeps meat from drying out and aids in smoke sticking to the meat.  Water under the meat, but above charcoal is a drip pan, adds moisture to cooking environment and is a heat sink.  Water next to coals as in slow n sear is like having the water above the coals.  Most of this info is not mine but comes from Meathead/Amazing Ribs.  I am sure there are many varying opinions and preferences.

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Zippo Guy

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2021, 09:42:11 AM »
Thank you for all of the advice.  I find it very interesting when opinions vary on the same subject.

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Lilyankee

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2021, 04:07:07 PM »
I have found a little water in a drip pan simply prevents drippings from burning ďbad smokeĒ and distorting good smoke flavor. I use this method in my offset pit as well to help balance and regulate minor temperature variation. It balances the swings in temp.


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SMOKE FREAK

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2021, 05:27:13 PM »

In my experience steam in the smoker or grill only increases the chance of depositing bitter creosote on the meat surface. The steam does nothing to keep the meat moist. But we all have our own opinions and techniques...
im interested in how that would deposit creosote. Iíve never had that happen unless it came from the buildup on the lid that fell off...easily removed.


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That's not creosote. That's neglect.
I'll refrain before another post dissolves...

bbqking01

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Re: What does a tray of water do?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2021, 09:46:35 PM »
? Really? Neglect? I say itís love...so much, it stained the lid. Got a little love built up. Iím not going to spend more time cleaning than cooking, but FYI, I donít let that build up any more, Iíll spray/wash the lid out every once in a while so that build up doesnít happen.


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