A smoking pan with rack is a must for smoking. Just my opinion. The professionals are putting their meats directly on the grates inside their smokers probably. Maybe they have someone else around who is cleaning their smoker.
Easier Clean Up
Or maybe the thinking is that using a pan and rack like this could discourage the smoke from reaching the bottom of the meat. I doubt that very much since that is the purpose of the rack. In any case, I am just a backyard cook and this makes clean up easier. Especially true with something like this pork butt/shoulder which will render a lot of fat into the bottom of your pellet grill. This fat will be waiting for you to clean up the next morning after a 10-hour cook. A smoking pan with rack will still need to be cleaned of course but it makes it a bit easier. Line it with foil – even better!
Here is the one I have been using, which I like but there are plenty of similar options to choose from.
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