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Drip pan for 32# of pork butt

As I have mentioned i am cooking 32# of pork butt tonight for a friends ribfest. I currently have the small stainless drip pan from ceramicgrillstore. Should I have a aluminum pie pan on the stainless to hold more of the drippings?
Also, this cook will be done on site 20 miles from my house. I'm confident on timing but a bit nervous I can't look out at the temp. On my nighttime bathroom break. Any suggestions on that?


  • If the drip pan doesn't cover most of your platesetter or whatever you're using to make it indirect, just cover it with some tin foil so it doesn't get too messy.

    As far as the temp issue, as long as you make sure your temp is stable, I wouldn't worry about it.  My egg rarely varies in temp more than a few degrees on overnights once I've got it stable.

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  • I've cooked a fair amount of butts at this point so I do trust the egg. It's nice being nearby.
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 4,874
    I agree you may need more drip pan coverage.  You could just buy a big foil pan or use foil.  If using foil I would form it into a pan to try to catch some of the drippings. 

    Just to make sure I understand- you are driving 20 miles away, setting up the egg and putting the butts on, then once stable you are driving back home to bed?  Is the egg at someone's house that could watch it?  I'm sure it will be fine, but that would make me a little uneasy as well.  Probably a little late to get something like a Party Q if you don't already have one.  How about a tent? ;)

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