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Bobby Flay

Flay's southern bbq episode in his bbq addiction show had him cooking spare ribs on the egg. He put his water pan directly on the coals. Does anyone else do this? I always place mine on top of the plate setter.

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    No water pan here
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,462
    Mickey said:
    No water pan here

    +1


     

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

    Stockton Ca.

  • Big RaguBig Ragu Posts: 146
    I watch the show now and then and get frustrated when he puts everything on the gasser. Especially things I know would taste better on the egg.
  • I used water pans when I cooked on a Weber kettle. That rig needed it, the egg doesn't. Then again, he's an Iron Chef and I'm a caveman.

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  • RichardBronoskyRichardBronosky Posts: 213
    edited August 2013

    At exactly 9 minutes in Alton says that propane is inappropriate for making BBQ because when propane burns it creates water vapor. The water vapor forms a protective barrier between the smoke and the meat. I'm going to take that to mean that a water pan is also a bad idea. I trust Alton Brown over Bobby Flay.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,075
    Bobby Flay doesn't know anything about cooking on an Egg. Or it doesn't come out on his show.

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  • Drewdlc17Drewdlc17 Posts: 124
    I put my pan on the plate setter. However, I typically substitute beer or wine for water. I think it adds a little something something!
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,075
    I've used a water pan on my plate setter before (with spacers underneath, but I've always poured the beer down my throat and filled the pan up with water. Never really noticed a difference with different liquids.

    Richardson, Texas

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    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,587

    I have done it both ways numerous times, and I see zero reason to have a water pan. It has added no benefit on my cooks.

    If I am doing a butt, I will add one simply to catch grease so I don't have 1 gallon of grease land in my egg. Other than that, I just put some foil on the ceramic.

    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • NDGNDG Posts: 1,304
    I just feel that Bobby has to "appeal to the masses" on his show.  So when it comes to the egg, he has to use it in a way that the majority of viewers can relate to.  In otherwords, if 95% of viewers who watch that show would benefit from a water pan, then he will use a water pan regardless if the cooking vessel is an egg, a gasser or a hole in the ground.
    Columbus, Ohio
  • All of our smoked meats Ribs, Brisket and Pork are cooked with a drip pan full of liquid.  Different liquid for each, but a gallon per cook.   We do have success with this method,   Is it necessary...no.  Does it add to getting a better end product, I say yes.

     

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    from SANTA CLARA, CA

  • NDG said:

    I just feel that Bobby has to "appeal to the masses" on his show.  So when it comes to the egg, he has to use it in a way that the majority of viewers can relate to.  In otherwords, if 95% of viewers who watch that show would benefit from a water pan, then he will use a water pan regardless if the cooking vessel is an egg, a gasser or a hole in the ground.

    I've puzzled over why he does that and your theory makes the most sense.

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

  • LitLit Posts: 4,105
    I only use a pan to catch the dripping but I add water so they don't burn up. I was given a neat little thing that drains out the bottom to seperate the fat and drippings and then use the dripping to make a sauce.
  • MattyMcMattyMc Posts: 65
    I think that using a drip pan of liquid  for slow cooks adds to the amount of moisture that the egg absorbs...which leads to more sweating of nasty brown stuff on the outside of the egg during hot cooks.
    Chester County, PA
  • aemaem Posts: 115
    When I had a Weber Smokey Mountain smoker I understood the primary purpose of the water pan was to create a large thermal mass to help stabilize/hold temperature for low and slow cooks.  The egg doesn't need that.
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