How to Build Your Own Smoker Barbeque Grill

Backyard barbecue fans may want to build their own smoker for authentic barbecue classics like smoked ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Othersmoked dishes include bacon, smoked trout and smoked salmon. Turning a barbecue grill into a smoker for the afternoon is easy and provides a way for you to learn the ropes without investing money in a smoker. This project is quick, but smoking takes several hours. Make sure you have enough time to dedicate to the project before you begin.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood chips
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Charcoal barbecue grill
  • Brick
  • Charcoal
  • Meat
  • Probe thermometer


    • 1

      Place wood chips in a bucket of water to soak. They need to soak for at least 1 hour before cooking.

    • 2

      Open up your grill and place a brick on the grill rack, 1/3 of the way across the rack. The smaller side will become your fuel source while the larger side will fit your meat.

    • 3

      Pile charcoal (either briquettes or lump) beside the brick. Then add a handful of your soaked wood chips on top of this.

    • 4

      Light the charcoal and allow it to burn. If the charcoal flames, wait until the flames die down and the pile begins to smoke rather than burn.

    • 5

      Place your meat on the grill rack and close the lid of your grill.

    • 6

      Open the air holes in your grill and snake a thermometer probe down into the grill to monitor the smoking temperature. If the temperature climbs above that needed for your recipe, open the vent holes wides to cool it. If the temperatures are too low, add more charcoal and wood chips to stoke the coals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your recipe will tell you smoking temperature and time, so check before you begin cooking.
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