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Drip-Pan dilemma for cooking a Brisket in the XL

MSMMSM Posts: 6
edited 5:24AM in EggHead Forum
If I'm going put forth the effort of an overnight brisket cook, I usually do two of them.

The problem: 1)Two briskets create a whole lot of drippings. 2) The XL BGE has very little room between the plate setter and the cooking grid in the indirect cooking configuration, and therefore there is only room for a very small-profile drip pan.

I use a large trimmed-down foil pan for my drip-pan, and because it can only be about 1.5 inches deep, a few hours of cooking will require draining the drip pan with a basting tool. This makes overnight brisket cooks a beating.

The Large BGE has much more room below the grid, and therefore this would not seem to be a problem.

Does anyone have a solution for this?

I have seen the accessory package that raises the grid, and therefore creates more room, but doesn't this reduce the area under the dome quite a bit? Would you still be able to fit two briskets?

What would be ideal would be a custom pan that would fit between the grid and plate setter that had a drainage tube you could route down and out the lower vent. Has anyone seen anything like this?

Comments

  • I had the same problem and now use the XL hanger from tjv. (cannot remember the new website, someone will help out)It was pretty inexpensive and works great.

    Not only did that solve my drip pan issue but I now also get much more consistent low and slow performance for overnight cooks.

    Lastly, it is much easier to add additional wood chunks to the fire without having to remove the fire ring and plate setter.

    I use an old deep dish pizza pan lined with foil and it does the trick sitting on top of the hanger.
  • I use a 1/2 sheet alumn. drip pan set directly on the platesetter. the grid sets on the pan not the placesetter. I have done 3 briskets at a time with no problems. Just make sure your grid is centered.
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 5,106
    In a pinch you can use a piece fire brick placed next to each inverted leg to raise the grate to the level you wish.
    Darian
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,476
    You'll find a "hanger" accessory for the XL here: http://www.eggaccessories.com/xl.html
  • The placesetter goes between the fire ring and the fire box feet down thats over 4 inches a 24X10( I believe) commercial aluminum pan fits perfectly between the fire ring and the grate. Your fire will not go out, I have been using this configuration for over a year with 0 fire problems, thats low and slow up tp 20hrs of burn time.
    FireWalker
  • mb168mb168 Posts: 265
    Another vote for Tom's Hanger and he also has a very nice 18" drip pan. Great products. XL Hanger
  • The hanger is a great product but if you already have the platesetter and use it the the way it was intended you will have no problems.
    FW
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