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Boston Butt Drip Pan content Ideas

Fellow Green Eggers,  I'm in a bit of a quandary and seek the sage smokey wisdom of my fellow egg heads.  I've cooked more than my share of butts and shoulders.  I've tried a few cooks without any drip pan, enjoying the sear on the conveggtor as the grease falls, and a few with the drip pan with an assortment of contents.  I've noticed that without a drip pan with liquid the butt seems a bit dry.  I'm just taking a poll among the others on this board as to what you do, drip pan, or no drip pan and if you do go the drip pan route....what do you fill it with to avoid drying your meat? 


  • dsrgunsdsrguns Posts: 389
    I always use a drip pan but have never added any liquid in it. My butts get pulled when they probe like "buttah". They have all been moist so far.
    XL BGE
  • Drip pan - usually apple cider vinegar and water.  
    Memphis, TN 
  • dsrgunsdsrguns Posts: 389
    dsrguns said:
    I always use a drip pan but have never added any liquid in it. My butts get pulled when they probe like "buttah". They have all been moist so far.

    XL BGE
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,219
    drip pan, no liquid in it, ever.
  • Drip pan and no liquid for me.
    Stillwater, MN
  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 1,144
    Drip pan on nuts. Liquid? Forgatabboutit!

    Philly - Kansas City - Houston - Cincinnati - Dallas - Houston - Memphis - Austin - Chicago - Austin

    Dennis - Austin,TX
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 1,861
    No liquid. 
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • I always do a drip pan.  Sometimes I add water and sometimes I skip it.  I've never noticed a difference in the final product, though the puff of hot air when you first open the egg is noticeably more humid with the water.
  • masomaso Posts: 240
    A more interesting question is how likely are you to get two similar enough butts to do a comparison cook? I've never had a dry butt and never use liquid just a raised catch pan. 
    Large BGE in Moore, OK
  • Drip pan no liquid for I.
    Retired Navy, LBGE
    Durham, NC

  • No Drip Pan
    LBGE, Charbroil Gas Grill, Weber Q2000, Weber Kettle Premium, Yeti 65, RTIC 20, Yeti 20 oz Rambler, Yeti Colster, RTIC Lowball

    Not quite in Austin, TX City Limits
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 17,073
    Another vote for air-gapped empty catch/drip pan.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,308
    Drip pan, no liquid.
    LBGE - 36Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • Drip pan on copper plumbers elbows.  No liquid in it.  Except for the drippins.   =)
    It's a 302 thing . . .
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