Techniques

Transform Your Grill into a Smoker in Four Simple Steps

Summer grilling season is upon us and we're making our charcoal grills work to their full potential. For flavorful, smoked meat, you don't need a secondary appliance with a singular use; simply grab some soaked wood chips and light up the grill to transform your backyard barbecue into a fiery smoker.

1. Soak 1 pound hickory wood chips in water for 30 minutes; drain.
2. Spread wood chips evenly over 5 pounds of hot coals, taking care not to completely smother coals.
3. Close grill lid, leaving vents slightly open to allow wood chips to smoke, about 3–4 minutes.
4. Place parcooked meat on grill and close lid. Smoke until meat is fragrant and several shades darker, 35–45 minutes.

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