Placing a butt or ribs on the grate?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mummel, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Do you put the meat directly on the grate, or do you use foil underneath, or a silicone mat (I really dont trust the chemicals in those mats).

    If you put it directly on the grate, does the underbelly of the butt cook more than the top, can it get burnt etc?  TY guys.
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like these...have used for 2-3 years now & love them. Multiple use on less greasy smoking like Slim Jims, Summer Sausage or pork loins. Can easily be cut in half for butts and picnics.....use full length for ribs. Spray with some Vegelene or some such non stick spray and nothing sticks. Maximum mileage can be obtained by flipping over and reusing if smoking again the next day or so. They used to be 12 bucks....I see they are up a little (what else is new).....
  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    What about using foil?
  4. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    the bottom of the butt will get no smoke and where will the drippings go? Just put it on the grate and get a brillo pad....
  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Grate works for me. 
  6. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    When doing a butt, I put it directly on the grate of my smoker at the highest position it will fit and place a half-sized steamer table pan below to catch the drippings. The pans are cheap and disposable.
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]  Me too. You will want to use a drip pan underneath on the rack below or you could do this.The first pic is a roasting rack or upside down rib rack in a pan to keep the Butt up out of the grease. This is nice if space is at a premium. The second one is a cooling rack on top of a baking pan. same concept.

  8. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If your really lazy(like me)just toss the grates on a gas grill then just brush it off.

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