WSM 18.5, Modification for Hanging Drip Pan?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by nascott, May 8, 2014.

  1. Note... posted this earlier in the 'smoking meat' general discussion thread, but realized it was in the wrong spot, so I'm duplicating it here... Couldn't figure out how to delete it there... sorry for the mess up.

    So, I am thinking of doing a brisket and a butt tomorrow and I am trying to think about how I can get both going without 1 dripping on the other. Simplest solution is to let the drip pan sit in the water pan and absorb the juices from what is on the bottom. The Weber Drip Pans fit perfectly corner to corner.

    That should be fine, but the juice may get burned and dried out by the clay heat sink I use in the water pan. Now, for the top rack, so that doesn't drip all over the bottom, has anyone ever used a suspended drip pan? I fashioned this from a couple of coat hangers and am wondering if anyone has any better ideas OR cautions against? Too much inhibition of flow?

    Of course, it's possible I am way over thinking this and I should just let the butt cook on the top and drip all over the brisket below it.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?
  2. I would let the juices from the pork butt drip over the brisket to baste it but that's just me.
  3. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    There's nothing wrong with overthinking. But maybe old school simple is fine in this case. Let it drip! :sausage:

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