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Brat and Chicken question from a rookie

Want to do something fast tonight.  Should I do Johnsonville Brats indirect or direct?

Also, when I am cooking chicken breast or brats, shoud I be using a drip pan?  Do I put the drip pan on top of the charcoal?

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,042
    edited December 2012

    An opinion and we all know what those are worth-first direct means a straight shot from the lump to the target cook regardless if raised grid or not-indirect-obviously a heat deflector in place (deflector can be about anything-pan, bricks, platesetter,  oval stone, you get the idea).  For chicken and brats-I always cook direct, raised grid-meaning I get the grid high in the dome-at least to the gasket level or higher.  FWIW-

     

    Louisville
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,253
    edited December 2012
    Personal preference I like a hot heavy apple smoke on mine indirect around 300 with a tray of onions and bell peppers in a bath of beer under them let the roll for about an hour delicious and smokey.

    Onions and peppers make a great topping.
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  • How do you raise the grid as opposed to just putting the grid on the fire ring? What do you use to to this?

     

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,042
    Raised grid-you can spend big $$ and probably will down the road but the easy solution is to use/balance three empty beverage cans on the ring.  You can use fire bricks if available.  Another approach is to get another grid-weber has many sizes that fit-then use it and the cans or anything else on the lower grid (on the ring) to get the elevation.  4-5 inch bolts and another grid also works-try the search function.  If that yields nothing, use google and with your query about raised grid add big green egg and you should get many hits.
    Louisville
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,253
    bezdecr said:

    How do you raise the grid as opposed to just putting the grid on the fire ring? What do you use to to this?

     

    Empty beer cans or bricks on the fire ring is the simplest. Or you can get a second grid from a weber at Home Depot and ad some stainless bolts and nuts and build and extended grate.
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  • Thanks!
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,253
    No problem enjoy!
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,572
    edited December 2012
    Chicken Breasts do not need a drip pan when cooking indirect, legs and thighs do, but not breasts. Breasta also do well raised direct or low direct if heat is held down <400, IMHO.
    Brats can go either direct or indirect. If done indirect without a drip pan, you could end up with a fat drip on your setter. 
    I prefer indirect in a beer bath or onion or kraut - depending on what you are serving with them. Cooked slow, they will not split, might need some browning. Traditional German brats, at least from our friends in Germany, suggest to drop in boiling water, turn off the heat. sit for 5 to 6 minutes, then brown over open fire (in an egg is acceptable)
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • Cook brats direct but keep close attention, the worst thing you can do is split the casing.  I take that back, the worse thing you can do is par-boil them, sucks all the flavor out.  Should take approx. 15 minutes rotating regularly until they have browned and are firm to the touch.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

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  • Cook brats direct but keep close attention, the worst thing you can do is split the casing.  I take that back, the worse thing you can do is par-boil them, sucks all the flavor out.  Should take approx. 15 minutes rotating regularly until they have browned and are firm to the touch.
    Absolutely correct, do not par boil, drop them in boiling water off the heat, cover for 5-10 minutes. Not boiled, heated. There is no loss in the taste, unless you split the casing, that's why real Germans always hit them with a warm bath before they burn them at the stake. 

    Much depends on the brat. I'm not talking about those grocery store wannabe's, I'm talking about a more traditional deli style brat. 

    If you are using Johnsonville sausages, it really doesn't matter what you do, treat 'em like weiners. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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