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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. So why use a charcoal grill as a smoker and how do you get started? Keep reading to find out.
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.
Some cuts of meat can smoke for 12 hours or more.
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.
STAT: Smokers slow-cook foods at lower temperatures over longer periods of time. (source)