View Full Version : Hanging meat in WSM?

05-29-2018, 10:36 AM
For all you meat swinger's...:heh:....after after a cook from hanging alot of ribs is there a bunch of dripping's and grease in the bottom of the charcoal bowl in the bottom of a WSM? I thinking clean up would be a pain? Maybe I'm over thinking this...but I have alway's foiled the water pan and it has quite a bit of drippings after a cook? I just got my hanging rack and was wondering about clean up and can't find anything in the search bar?

05-29-2018, 03:22 PM
No more so than on a grate. Cleanup is not a problem.

05-29-2018, 03:52 PM
My experience was drippings burn up in the coals.

05-30-2018, 07:34 AM
Great. Thanks! I was thinking of foiling the bottom of the charcoal bowl? Just laying it down in the bottom for large cooks? Anyway thank you.

05-30-2018, 09:33 AM
Make sure your WSM is level, otherwise some of the drippings can miss the coals and end up in the bottom of the charcoal chamber. It's not a big deal, however.

05-30-2018, 09:38 AM
I used to own the rib hanger kit from Gateway Drums. The 18" version fits absolutely perfect in the 18" WSM. I loved hanging food in my WSM. It worked as well as any UDS or even the pit barrel cooker once you get your temperature dialed in. Cleanup was never an issue. As many have said, the fat burns up in the coals. It's no more trouble than cleaning out the ashes after a long cook.

05-30-2018, 09:41 AM
Actually, clean up is easier when the drippings hit the coals versus hitting the water pan.

05-30-2018, 12:14 PM
Thank you for all the replies! Looking forward to it! I also ordered the Gateway 30 gallon kit for my 18.5 WSM. I have not received it yet but patiently waiting.........

05-30-2018, 01:10 PM
Lots of good food in store for you.

Happy Hapgood
05-30-2018, 06:23 PM
Yeah, I take the water pan out too. Goood Ribs! Clean up as easy as with a standard smoke.