Smoking in those Aluminum pans?

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by knoxrailsalvage, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. Can you smoke in those aluminum pans to reduce cleanup time or will the flavor be affected?
  2. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The bottom of what you're supposed to me smoking will not be exposed to smoke, so I'd imagine flavor would be affected.

    What are you spending so much time cleaning up, if you don't mind me asking?
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2015
  3. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the site and , yes you can smoke in those pans.  Many do.  I have pretty much stopped using them myself and have gone to stainless steel to reduce the need to either clean up or scrap the aluminum pans.  The stainless pans use I dedicate to smoking and clean up is not that bad,  (Or at least worth it to me).  I don't worry too much about the outside of the pans.
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  5. I do butts in the pan to not only make clean up easier but to make sure I get all of the drippings.  As far a difference in taste I can't say I've noticed in loss of the smokiness flavor.  Also makes foiling much easier.
  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can smoke out of the pan (with no mess) and take your food to 160 then move to the pan to finish. The mess or drippings happen when the collogens break down as the meat temps get higher

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2015
  7. I've used the pans many time and not had issue of less flavor in the meat. Used them on Spiral Sliced Hams again this Easter and added Apple juice to the pan. The Ham had great smoke flavor and the juice just soaks in to make it a favorite around my house. Plus makes it a lot easier to remove the Ham when it's done.
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  9. I have used the pans with good results and it does make for transferring/foiling the meats easier. I haven't used them for whole chickens but I'm tempted to try based on the amount of fats that come off the skin, but I'm not sure how good it would work out. Anyone tried that at all?
  10. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    I love foil and foil pans.  Not really for cleanup purposes, but for ease of handling meat.  I don't typically smoke in them, I usually just use them once I wrap.
  11. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like the disposable alum grill covers available from Home Depot...I cut to size for whatever I'm smoking....they can also be re-used a time or two on something not to greasy like Slim Jims. I put a disposable alum pan UNDER the butt or whatever I'm smoking to catch drippings which then get added back into the PP. Eliminates the drippings from going onto the smoker floor or the chip holder making my life easier since I'm basically lazy when it comes to cleaning up.....Willie

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