1st smoked turkey ? drip pan question

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by predatorbass, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    Hi Folks,

    I have a digital bradley smoker and am new to the smoking.

    I am going to smoke a bird for Thanksgiving.

    Do I need to use a drip pan to catch the drippings ? sure would hate to make a mess.
     
  2. sonnyhad

    sonnyhad Fire Starter

    You sure do! What will you make gravy with if you don't???
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    X2
     
  4. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Be sure to line your drip pan with foil too. Makes the cleanup a lot easier.[​IMG]
     
  5. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    you can also just sit a foil pan on an empty rack below the bird so you aren't using your smokers water pan plus you can toss when you're done.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I always use drip pans.  Usually the disposable type.  Keeps from making a mess.

    With a new drip pan, some veges like onions or shallots, green peppers, maybe a carrot or two and liquid like a little broth in the bottom.  Catch those drippings?  Now you are on your way to some good eating.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  7. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    good idea on this disposable one...
     
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    X3
     
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Yes Yes Yes
     
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    X2
     
  11. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    Thanks for all the replies.
     
  12. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    Do you need to pull the plastic thing off that holds the legs together ?
     
  13. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


       I do, you can make a slit in the tail skin and stuff the legs in to hold them.
     
  14. Some people like to discard the vegetables but i prefer to either toss them in a blender and add them back to the drippings for my gravy or push them through a mesh siv. Adds some more flavor and texture.
     

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