Tutorial on How to Smoke Meat Using Your Oven

For truly "tender, fall off the bone, make your friends jealous, rival the rib joints" style meat, the best method is slow and low. With just a few basic items that you can pick up at almost any large grocery store you can even fashion yourself a mini-smoker to infuse that lovely meat with the taste of the Southern barbecue you've been craving.

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Things You'll Need

  • Meat to smoke

  • Dry rub, if using

  • Wood chips

  • Water

  • Baking sheet

  • Wire rack

  • Aluminum baking pan

  • Disposable aluminum grill pan or veggie tray

  • Aluminum foil

  • Optional: Barbeque sauce

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Step 1: Soak the Wood Chips

Place about 2 cups of wood chips in a large bowl, cover with water. Soak for two hours. Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of the soaking water.

Step 2: Add the Wood Chips to a Baking Sheet

Spread the wood chips evenly onto a large rimmed baking sheet, adding a little bit of the soaking liquid.

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Step 3: Add a Wire Rack

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Step 4: Poke Holes in the Baking Pan

Poke several holes in the sides of the baking pan (not the bottom), and place over the wire rack.

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Step 5: Add Meat to the Grill Pan

Dry rub the meat, if desired, then place on a disposable aluminum grill pan or veggie tray over the prepared aluminum baking pan.

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Step 6: Cover with Lots of Aluminum Foil

Cover the entire make-shift smoker with several layers of aluminum foil making sure that there are no holes or gaps in order to effectively trap the smoke inside.

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Step 7: Bake

Place the oven rack in the lowest position. Bake the meat at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 1/2 hours.

Step 8: Remove from Oven

Let cool slightly before removing the foil.

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Step 9: Sauce (if Desired) and Serve

If you want, slather on some sauce before serving.

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