ok to use juice from drip tray?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by carz, May 5, 2015.

  1. carz

    carz Newbie

    Is it safe to use the juice from the drip tray? Or would it be contaminated with some raw meat juice?
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Its good to use with beef or pork but i wouldnt with chicken.
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Honestly chicken drippings are fine too, as long as the temps are okay. I use poultry drippings for making gravy, and super stock.
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  4. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use 325F minimum when I do poultry.  I catch the drippings from my turkeys in a pan full of vegetables.  Will do it with chickens on occasion.  I beer can or turkey canon poultry, putting cheap white wine in the insert.  I dump the rest of the wine in the veggies, along with some seasoning, then put them under the poultry to catch the drippings.  The liquid is bubbling in no time. 

    Then when the bird is done I take the veggies out of the pan and make gravy with the drippings. Mmmmmm.  Good stuff.

  5. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    NB, They look delicious!
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes it is fine to use the chicken juice from the drip tray providing that the tray is hot in the smoker (which it usually is) and the juice has been taken above 165 F. If you are using it to make a sauce or gravy that has been brought to the boil then that is fine.

    I would not use them though if your smoker has a system where the juices drain into an external tray or bucket whist the bird is cooking as it will have been left sitting at room temperature for the duration of the cook. Boiling it whilst preparing the sauce/gravy will technically make it safe however I would not want to eat it and therefore I would not feed it to others - personal preference.
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  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    This is a great answer.

    I would also add that when I want to use the drippings I catch them in a foil pan as it is hard to keep the drip tray in my smoker clean.
  8. carz

    carz Newbie

    This is perfect! thanks for your response.
  9. I use them all the time. I put in fridge for a few and remove the grease from the top. If I have more than I am using at the time I put it in ice cube trays and freeze. I then put them in a bag for later use. You can pull out as much as you want.

    Happy smoken.

  10. No Boundaries- wow that looks good! Great idea
  11. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do something similar to David - If you get a lot of juices from your ribs, pork shoulder, brisket etc. then after you have scraped the fat off the top you can add some of your favourite beer and bring to a simmer. Throw in a couple of leaves of gelatin, pour into a flat baking tray and allow to set in the fridge. Once set, cut into inch cubes and then freeze separated on a tray. They are great to add to things like beans to give a greater depth of flavour. With small amounts then the ice cube trays are great.

    With pork juices there is often so much gelatin anyway that you don't need to add more to get it to set.
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Says the man that makes shmutz, el pollo lardo.

    <Chuckles>   [​IMG]  
    Last edited: May 6, 2015

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