How do I cook ground beef (in those 1 pound tubes) using only disposable items? Details:
I can cook pizzas in my oven by putting them directly on the rack.
I can cook chicken and toast bread by putting down a sheet of aluminum foil, and setting the chicken/toast on top of that.
I tried doing the aluminum foil trick w/ beef, but it gave off a lot of fat, which hit the metal at the bottom of my gas oven, filling the house with smoke.
I tried making a little "tray" with the aluminum foil, but the beef didn't seem to cook well internally, plus there was a lot of fat left in the "tray" (from the outer layer of beef, which cooked fine). That's bad because the beef was cooking it its own fat, plus getting rid of the fat wasn't that easy (I drained it into a coffee can, but that doesn't get all of it).
I've tried using lower-fat beef, but it tastes different, and it just reduces the problem and doesn't cure it.
I'm willing to buy ground beef in a different (non-tubular) form, but wasn't sure it would help.
EDIT: Thanks to everyone who helped. I think sarge_smith's idea of using aluminum foil (homemade or a pie pan) to raise the beef and let the fat drip into a broiling pan (which I don't have to clean, since the fat is disposable) is what I'll try. Some random notes:
I store beef in the freezer, so skewering or crumbling it wouldn't work unless I thawed it first, which would take time.
I normally cook 45-50 minutes at 450F. This works fine for beef on flat aluminum foil, but if I make an aluminum tray or pouch, 45-50 minutes doesn't seem to be enough.
Having said that, I haven't tried the tray/pouch trick w/ my new oven. The old oven was 30+ years old and eventually broke down, so maybe foil pouch cooking will work w/ the new one.