Drip pan over fire in a UDS

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by bruce1334, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. bruce1334

    bruce1334 Newbie

    I have read pros and cons on installing a drip pan over the fire in a UDS to keep the meat juices/fat from dripping into the fire. I saw one pro that said it prevents flareups. One con said the dripping juices in the fire provides more flavor to the meat. I am leaning towards installing a drip pan above the fire. My thinking is it will help with temp control and keep the meat directly above the fire from burning.

    Any experienced comments on this topic?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    bruce, morning..... A foil pan under the meat, will collect the juices for making a great sauce, and also help with distributing the heat evenly...  The sauce is the big deal... full of flavor and can enhance any meal...    Dave
  3. bruce1334

    bruce1334 Newbie

    Thanks Dave for the reply. I had not thought about collecting the juices. I bought a cheap aluminum cookie sheet at Walmart for my catch pan. Hopefully, the pan will be reusable.

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