Water bowl or no


New member
I've done a little research and can't come up with a solid answer. Do I use the water bowl when smoking a pig booty or no?

Chris Allingham

Staff member
All things are answered at The Virtual Weber Bullet.

As you'll learn about many things having to do with barbecue, there are no solid answers. You can do it many ways and get good results.

If you're new to the WSM, I would recommend water in the pan. It will make temperature control easier, help keep the meat moist, and enhances smoke ring formation. As you become more experienced, you can try leaving the pan in but the water out. Temp control is only slightly more difficult, you will use less charcoal, but you will want to consider spraying with water or other liquid to keep the surface moist and to enhance smoke ring formation.

Mark Foreman

TVWBB Member
I use water, but only half full. Then I add more bout every 4 hours. Seems to give me the best of both worlds.