If you own a charcoal grill, you already have a smoker. Charcoal is the easiest fuel to smoke with—a lot easier than propane in a gas grill. Simply set up the grill for indirect grilling, add wood chips or chunks to the coals, and you’re in business. Note: You need a charcoal grill with a tall, tight-fitting lid for smoking.
- Charcoal grills are widespread, space efficient, and inexpensive. (You may well own a kettle already.)
- Because kettle grills are designed for grilling, it’s harder to maintain an even heat at lower temperatures.
- The relatively small cooking grate limits how much meat you can smoke at one time.
- Place the food on the grate, then add the wood chips or chunks. If you add the wood first, you’ll have to maneuver through clouds of eye-stinging smoke.
- Use tongs to add wood to the fire, laying it gently on the coals. Don’t drop or toss in the wood or you’ll stir up ash, which will land on the food. This holds for any charcoal-burning smoker.
How To Turn Your Grill into a Smoker
Once you’ve gotten your smoker set up, you’ll be ready to tackle this perfect Smoked Apple Crisp topped with Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream.
Excerpted from Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke (Workman, 2016).