I have been searching for a post about this and can't find one. When I first got on the forum someone suggested putting beef broth and onions in my water pan. I tried it and loved it! So I do this every time I smoke a butt. However I don't remember who told me and I can't find where anyone else does this. I have been experimenting with different spices in the broth and found that crushed red pepper adds just a little spice to the onions and works great on a pulled pork sandwich. Now I am looking for other stuff to cook in my water / drip pan. I actually use a steam pan for my water on the bottom shelf since the MES water pan is so small. Does anyone else do this or have other things they have cooked in there water pan? I have 30 pounds of pork butts going on late tonight and looking for some new ideas.