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UDS pan or no pan for drippings

William89

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Well I've finished my first UDS build. Going to give to a test run tomorrow with just charcoal. But one question has been bugging me. Do I need a pan below the meat to catch drippings. Or do people just let it fall where it wants, hit the coals etc. I fear that could be an issue. If any of you could lend some insight, it would be helpful
 

forktender

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No Pan, the drippings hitting the coals is what gives USD smoked food it's awesome flavor.
 

SmokinAl

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I agree with the above!
Al
 

hardcookin

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I never used a pan. It kind of blocked the heat and I used more fuel.
Congrats on your UDS. They put out some good chicken.
 

Bummed

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I don't use one either, let it fall into the coals and enjoy the best smoked bbq you ever had!
 

forktender

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The only time I use a drip pan in my UDS is when I'm saving the drippings for basting or gravy and then it's the smallest pan I can use for what's cooking.
 

1215

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Interesting so many 'no pan' votes. I'd think you would at least want a diffuser plate right?
 

William89

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Since this post I have added a diffuser due to the temp in the center being much higher than temp towards the outside.
 

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