How to Make a Drip Pan for the Grill

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Things You'll Need

  • Large, heavy cardboard shoebox lid with 1- to 2-inch lip

  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue

  • 4-by-6 inch plank of wood


If you do not have a shoebox lid available, you can simply use several layers of aluminum foil fashioned in the same shape.


Do not use this kind of drip pan inside the grill as it is will burn. You can use a drip pan solely made of aluminum foil for this purpose. Allow the foil drip pan to cool before removing it for disposal.

Place the drip pan beneath the barbecue to catch the grease.

Grilling is a healthy way to prepare foods as the heat from the grill draws the grease out of the foods. This grease needs a place to go, however. The bottom of the grill comes with a drainage area to release the grease, otherwise the grease continues to burn and cause smoke, and the fire becomes too hot. If you have lost the grill pan your grill came with or have worn it out, you can make your own drip pan. Use your easy-to-make drip pan several times before disposing of it and quickly making a new one.

Step 1

Roll out a piece of aluminum foil at least 12 inches long. Set out the plank of wood so it's ready to utilize.

Step 2

Place the heavy cardboard shoebox lid on top of the piece of foil with the bottom side up. Use a man's shoebox lid, as man's shoes are heavier and typically have stronger and larger boxes.

Step 3

Cover the lid with the foil completely by folding the foil in half over the lid and pushing the foil inside the lid, wrapping it around the lips of the lid. Overlap the foil to make a stronger surface for the heated drippings.

Step 4

Turn the aluminum-covered box lid over and place a thick strip of hot glue down the center of the lid. Place the lid, glue-side down, onto the plank of wood and press down to secure the glue.

Step 5

Set the plank of wood beneath the barbecue pit. If there are thick bars that connect the front legs of the grill to the back legs of the grill, set the plank of wood across them. Make sure the wood sits flat and securely.

Stephanie Rempe

After attending the University of Missouri St. Louis, Stephanie Rempe worked as a documentation manager in the finance industry 10 years before turning to her first love, writing, which she's been doing professionally since 2008. She currently divides her time between Missouri and her fiance's hometown in Oregon. In addition to her freelance writing, Rempe is working on a romance novel and short stories.