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AKMIMNAK 08-06-2018 10:45 PM

Can I completely remove WSM water pan and cook UDS style?
 
I'm not talking about hanging meat. I'm simply wondering if I can just eliminate the water pan altogether and let the delicious drips flavor the meat as they hit the coals before, ala UDS flavor theory. I never cook with water anyways.

Tatanka 08-07-2018 12:17 AM

Son, you can do whatever the hell you want! This is AMERICA!:thumb:

Sure you can run a WSM without the water pan.

Badjak 08-07-2018 01:26 AM

Yes you can.
I do it in wintertime when I don't struggle to keep to keep the heat down.
I quite like it.
Just be careful when you open the lid as the extra oxygen and the fat make for an awesome pyromaniac display :)

HoosierTrooper 08-07-2018 05:31 AM

That is the only way I cook ribs on my 22.5 because I believe they cook a little more evenly without the pan.

16Adams 08-07-2018 05:57 AM

July 4, 1776

Bob C Cue 08-07-2018 07:13 AM

I believe it is illegal in California.

AKMIMNAK 08-07-2018 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Badjak (Post 4046668)
Yes you can.
I do it in wintertime when I don't struggle to keep to keep the heat down.
I quite like it.
Just be careful when you open the lid as the extra oxygen and the fat make for an awesome pyromaniac display :)

That is a great thought! I hadn't even considered that benefit. Might need to do it here in MN this winter.

EricD 08-08-2018 02:31 PM

I find my WSM runs a little hotter without the pan, but yes very doable

Stingerhook 08-08-2018 02:33 PM

I do it all the time, rarely use it.

BoLiles 08-08-2018 02:45 PM

ribs, possibly chicken exposed to the fire...sure. But larger cuts, you need at least a drip pan IMO. But that doesn't mean you need the water pan per say.

angryelfFan 08-08-2018 03:08 PM

I did ribs like this once on my 18.5 WSM. I have the hanger attachment. They came out ok. Different flavor than by using the racks and water pan (filled or not).

longwayfromhome 08-09-2018 05:41 AM

No water pan works great with a rotisserie.

Texas409 08-09-2018 07:52 AM

I almost tried this with my WSM but I had no idea what I was doing when I bought the contraption. All I've ever used were my dad's offsets back home. I'm a noob when it comes to these little smokers but they're so easy to use.

Zak 08-09-2018 08:45 AM

The only issue i found when not using the water pan is if you're cooking something like roadside chicken that drips a lot of liquid. I had a hard time keeping the temps up because the chicken was getting the charcoal too wet, and all that liquid was absorbed by the ash and left a nasty mess behind. So i find the water pan acts as a grease catcher with certain cooks.

upStomp 08-09-2018 09:27 AM

I only use the water pan on my 22.5, and only for certain cooks - larger cuts or higher quantity. I'll usually just stick a foil pan on the bottom rack or nothing at all (especially for chicken). I don't think I've used the water pan in my 18.5 in over a year, as it's typically used for hanging split chickens or smaller butts where a half-pan on the lower rack makes for easy cleanup.


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