smoking butts in a pan

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by bigwalk, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. bigwalk

    bigwalk Fire Starter

    Hi all,

      Smoked several butts before but have a hard time retaining the juices when they drip. I was going to set them in a disposable roasting pan in the smoker. Will this reduce the amount of smoke that they take in?
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They will pick up smoke just fine in an uncovered pan.  If you can, set them on a roasting rack to hold the roast just up out of the juices.  Have a great smoke!
  3. bigwalk

    bigwalk Fire Starter

    why dont you want it down in the juice? Seems like it would keep it more moist
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You can put it in the juice, but you will need to turn it over a couple of times if you want smoke on both sides.
  5. Do you have room to put the pan underneath on a lower rack? That would eliminate your worries about inhibiting the smoke penetration.
  6. lsmokysmoke

    lsmokysmoke Newbie

    The fat is what drips from the meat, this essentially is not something you want to go back into the meat once removed. The meat creates it's own juice by converting the remaining fat to liquid inside the meat. This is the goal of slow cooking and smoking. If you soak the meat in the juice, it will actually make the meaty fatty and not taste as good. Picture dunking your pork sandwhich into a warm vat of bacon grease and then eating it. Not so good right? This line of thinking that the juices need to stay in the meat come from grilling steak or chicken, in both cases the juices are good. However, keep the juices away from your pork butt for a better taste. Even when finishing the pork in a oven, the pork should be raised above the pan to not sit in the juice or fat.
  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    You can but I would put a pan underneath and then take the drippings and put in the fridge and skim off the fat. 

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