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Any favorite trays for carrying food to and from grill?

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  • Porterdriver
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
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    • An island somewhere near Texas
    • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
      Thermapen Smoke w/ Gateway
      Thermapen Mk4
      DigiQ Black Kit w/ Pit Viper Fan

      Favorite Beer: Shiner Bock
      Favorite Cooking Drinks: Tanqueray & Tonic or Plantation Barbados Rum

    Any favorite trays for carrying food to and from grill?

    I have had a few, cheapo larger trays that I used to pack meat back and forth between the kitchen and the grill. Just did a very nice brisket and was letting the brisket rest indoors on my last tray...and bang, the heat caused it to crack in half. So now I'm hunting for new trays to use.

    I'm looking for something in the 18x12 size range, pretty rigid, can tolerate hot foods from grill, some kind of lip around edge to contain juices that may leak, handles; maybe, food safe material. Would like to avoid the flimsy aluminum disposable pans.

    Does the group have any thoughts? Recommendations? What are y'all using?
  • mnavarre
    Club Member
    • Jan 2018
    • 659
    • San Diego

    #2
    Aluminum 1/2 sheet pans either with a wire rack or a couple layers of foil. Cheap and versatile.

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    • mnavarre
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      I usually just use a nylon dish brush. Still a PITA, but it works. I've also got racks that are reserved for actually cooking on and others that just get used for cooling racks, air drying chicken, and such.

    • Red Man
      Red Man commented
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      Potkettleblack I use a coated grid wire rack that’s dishwasher safe. I have a good dishwasher and just throw it in there. Easy clean up!

    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Fill the pan with hot soapy water and flip the grid upsidedown. Then scub with the direction of the grid left to right and up and down in long strokes.
  • jgreen
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    • Oct 2014
    • 2751
    • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
    • Cookers:
      Broil King XL
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      Thermometer:
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      Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
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      Fireboard (probably my favourite)
      Thermworks Smoke (or two)

      Accessories:
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      DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
      Vortex
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      and, maybe some other toys as well

    #3
    I often just use a baking tray, but a sheet pan works even better as they are a bit heavier construction.

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    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      I use sheet pans
  • Murdy
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    • May 2018
    • 538
    • North-Central Illinois

    #4
    You can pick them up in various sizes from Costco pretty cheap

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    • Troutman
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      #5
      Yep to all that was said, aluminum sheet pans and stainless racks. Fairly inexpensive, pretty much last indefinitely ....

      https://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Ware-N...ng+sheet&psc=1

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      • fracmeister
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1356
        • Sprang, TX
        • Dances with lemmings

          (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

        #6
        Nordic full size sheet pans. The half sizes aren't nearly as useful but I have a bunch of them

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        • jlazar
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          • Oct 2014
          • 692
          • Texas
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          #7
          I just use a food tray for prep and moving to and from smoker.

          https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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          • Potkettleblack
            Club Member
            • Jun 2016
            • 2056
            • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
            • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330 / OK Joe Bronco Drum
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              Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

            #8
            I use a large bamboo cutting board with a groove for juices and a USA PAN sheet pan. To bring in, either of those or a serving platter. For brisket, it'd be the cutting board.

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            • fzxdoc
              fzxdoc commented
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              I'm a big fan of USA PAN sheet pans too. They're sturdy and don't warp.

              https://www.amazon.com/USA-Pan-Bakew.../dp/B00282JL7G

              Kathryn

            • Potkettleblack
              Potkettleblack commented
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              I won a set for a comment on some site that was selling them. I wasn’t excited to win it, but then I got them and I want to replace all my existing sheet pans to USA Pans. They’re great.
          • Ahumadora
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            • Oct 2015
            • 2193
            • Warkworth, New Zealand

            #9
            If loading with 50lbs or more you really need #16 steel sheetmetal minimum. 14 guage with handles is my go too.
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            • jlazar
              jlazar commented
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              You win!!!!!

            • MeatMonster
              MeatMonster commented
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              LOL - fantastic.
          • HawkerXP
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            #10
            We have a couple of large white pieces of china ware?

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            • Nate
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              • Apr 2015
              • 3794
              • Quarantined

              #11
              Small stuff I just use the Corelle platter/serving dish. Larger cuts or more food the. Usually an aluminum pan I have prepped in or a sheet pan lined with foil.

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              • MeatMonster
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                • Mar 2017
                • 658
                • Ellon, Aberdeenshire
                • I love beer, BBQ and rugby, just don't make me choose between them!

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                #12
                I found these big, cheap plastic servers, they are great, they avoid dripping on the way to the smoker if you've injected, and loss of them juices on the way back!! That's a 6kg brisket on there so plenty big enough for every day smoking.
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              • Arrow
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                • Dec 2018
                • 72
                • WOTP (What's On The Patio)
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                #13
                I actually really like the Traeger plastic tray.

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                • Nate
                  Banned Former Member
                  • Apr 2015
                  • 3794
                  • Quarantined

                  #14
                  Totally forgot! I just got this for Christmas.

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                  • Nate
                    Nate commented
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                    16” x 7” (plus an inch for the edges)...

                    bottles are for reference

                  • HawkerXP
                    HawkerXP commented
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                    Holy cow! That is one BIG spatula!
                • DavidNorcross
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                  #15
                  Oh Henderson......I feel like your time here is limited.

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                  • Steve R.
                    Steve R. commented
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                    I hope Henderson is a fast reader. I'm seeing a pattern with some of the most recent trial members.

                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    Well, yeah, but until they actually *violate the rules* by posting spam links, they are just an enthusiastic Trial member ya know? But yes, there are getting to be more & more of them lately for sure.

                  • Huskee
                    Huskee commented
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                    ...aaaaand she's toast

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