MES 30" water tray?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by da toad, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. I am relatively new at this smoking stuff but am really loving it.

    How many of you folks actually put water/juice or any other liquid in electric smoker?  I have been using it and putting things like water, maybe apple or pineapple juice or vinegar in there.  Smoker seems to get really moist during the smoke and I am getting some leaking of moisture at the door and window.

    I am not sure if I should even be putting anything in there and just use it a drip pan.  None of the recipes I see call for or specify what should be put it there.

    What do you folks do as far as water goes in your MES's, what do you use and when?

    I am smoking a butt today and I will not use anything in the water tray for the first time so I have a basis for comparison.

    Thanks for any input. 
  2. I'm a new MES smoker also, but after a lot of research, it seems the majority say not to use any liquid in the water pan. I smoked some country style ribs the other day, nothing but foil in the water pan, and they turned out great.
  3. There is no need to put water in the pan. You can either leave it empty and foil it to be used as a drip pan or fill it with sand and foil it to be used as a heat sink. Either way works fine..

    Smoke it up.
  4. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yep. Like William said, I just filled my pan with sand (it now acts as a heat sink to help keep temps stable) and double wrapped it in foil to keep the sand clean.

  5. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    I use liquids in the drip pan, not always, but in my opinion there is a difference in taste. I'm told science says otherwise and a majority disagree, but I follow my tastebuds. Do what works for you. . . And what makes less of a clean up issue!

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