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If you are new to the world of barbecuing, you may wonder how to use a charcoal grill as a smoker. The best grills, after all, make decent smokers once you get the hang of it. To start smoking with a charcoal grill, arrange the charcoal briquettes on one side of the girl and light them. Once the charcoal has turned white, place soaked wood chips on the top for a smokey flavor. On the other side of the grill, place a drip pan with water to catch drippings and regulate the temperature. Adjust the bottom vents to control airflow. Place the food on the grates above the drip pan and opposite of the charcoal, then close the grill lid. Monitor and adjust the temp as needed and replenish the charcoal and wood chips when necessary.
For a more detailed walkthrough, keep reading.
Whether or not you are charcoal briquettes or if you’ve learned how to use hardwood charcoal lumps, smoking is an essential part of the overall grilling experience. Smoking allows you to slow-cook large cuts of meat, creating a rich depth of flavor. This is a preferred method for many types of meat, fish, and more, which is great to do with a charcoal grill or a wood pellet grill.
Pork is no exception, with a heavy flavor and long cooking time that can be achieved through smoking the meat. It will result in a rich flavor and tender meat that falls off the bone. Types of smokers, such as an electric smoker, along with a detailed charcoal smoker guide, can help you achieve he perfect smoked meats, whether it’s beef, chicken, or pork.
Some cuts of meat can smoke for 12 hours or more.
STAT: Smokers slow-cook foods at lower temperatures over longer periods of time. (source)
Barbecue: what’s the big deal?
Using a barbecue grill is a great way to prepare certain foods, such as beef brisket, and to enjoy time with friends and family.
How to set up for two zone grilling?
This depends on the design of your grill, but generally speaking, your charcoal smoker grill should feature hot and cool zones spread across the grill grate and charcoal grate. Break out the meat thermometer to find out which burner is the hottest.
What’s the best charcoal for smokers and smoking meat?
This depends on the type of grill you have, as any charcoal type will do in a pinch. Additionally, hot coals, wood chips, a gas grill, or a chimney starter are all good options depending on your preferred type of meat.