MES and water tray.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by rwmiracle2, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. rwmiracle2

    rwmiracle2 Newbie

    Was wondering. First time to use this I am smoking the turkey. How much liquid to put in water tray and how often will it need filled? I was going to do the apple juice and water mixture.
     
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    My answers is none. Myself and plenty of other MES users on here don't use any water and have never seen a negative result. It won't really hurt anything but it does add a lot of steam to the smoker and I don't think it adds any moisture or flavor. 
     
  3. :yeahthat:
     
  4. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    I don't put any ether
     
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Same-Same Me.

    Bear
     
  6. rwmiracle2

    rwmiracle2 Newbie

    Only other questions I have is put it on bottom rack? And directly on rack or sit in baking tray?
     
  7. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I would not put the turkey on the bottom rack. You want some distance between the meat and the element. I would put it as high as you can while still leaving 3-4 inches from the roof. 

    Now whether to put it in a pan or not is up to you. Some people like it in a pan as you will get more drippings that way (but you get less smoke). I don't place turkey in a pan but that is just me. 
     
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  8. [​IMG]   Good evening and welcome to the forum, from another pretty nice day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything. 

    Gary
     
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  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree with the placement of the Turkey, by bmaddox.

    As for putting it in the Pan, if you put a Wire cooling rack under the Turkey, in the pan, it will be an easier clean-up, it won't sit in fats & juices, and the smoke will get all around the whole Turkey. I do that with all my Prime Ribs now---Works Great.

    Bear
     
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