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grease accumulation in bottom of mes 40 electric

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by phillip p smith, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. When one smokes a brisket there is a lot of fat rendering and dripping. What method would catch the drippings for easy removal and not interfere with the electric parts and the smoke pan??? I have a Master Built 40 electric smoker.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2013
  2. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    What's the matter with a foil pan?
  3. Where to put it?  On the bottom shelf?  A brisket lets loose a lot of fat. It will be dripping all over the bottom of  the smoker and in the electric element and probably catch on catch fire!!

    I am used to smoking on a trailer mounted 10 foot long indirect heat smoker! 

    This Masterbuilt is a marvelous device and I want to learn how to use it!! 

    I just bought it  and am looking for solutions!!!

    I appreciate your input!
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2013
  4. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    First of all, leave the water pan in position.

    Then put a foil pan on the shelf just below the brisket, under the right half of the Brisket.

    Then on the next shelf, put a foil pan under the left side of the Brisket.

    I would do this because if your Brisket is as big as the smoker, the only other way to catch all the drips would be to put a big pan under it, and that could block the heat from the heating element causing the heat to be trapped below. The two smaller pans will catch the drippings, without blocking the heat.

    If your brisket isn't that big, then just put a pan on the shelf below it, as long as there's room around it for the heat to get through.

  5. thanks Bear. Good idea! That would work!!
  6. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    One other thing... be sure to verify the cooking temp. The new gen mes is notorious for being way off from the digital readout to actual temp. A maverick et732 at 60 bucks is a good tool to have.