Transform Your Backyard Grill Into A Cold Smoker

I love cooking outdoors, which is why I have featured loads and loads of outdoor clay oven, firepit, rocket stove and BBQ posts and DIY tutorials. You can place some slabs around the edges of the pit on the grass to give you an area to place your grill and clearly demarcate the area where the Barbecue is. This is an excellent way to make it more of a feature, and you can be creative with how you lay out it. The fire shouldn’t come in contact with any grass (a wildfire is the last thing you want when having a barbecue).

Putting it near your indoor kitchen will save lots of steps, but consider the direction of prevailing breezes so smoke doesn’t blow toward your house or outdoor dining area. It was then that we decided to do it ourselves either by purchasing a small smoker or even a simple dehydrator. Great information and I was trying to a build a BBQ pit in my back yard and your article has helped.

We chose our materials after extensive discussion with several outdoor oven experts, including John Gulland, Kiko Denzer, Carol Mack and John Stuart. If you’re willing and able to go all out, there’s nothing quite like an outdoor fireplace that rivals any found indoors. You can build the smoker completely from scratch with just a couple of terra cotta pots and an old single burner hot plate. Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smoker Yes, it is cheaply built and unless you take care of it, it will probably start falling apart in five years, but by then you can save up for a really good smoker. Lay the first brick by pressing it gently into the mortar, making sure to stagger the joints.

You want to be able to move effortlessly from area to area — particularly when working with a potentially dangerous medium like a grill or pizza oven. Have a smoke hollow smoker (lp) that works awesome, a cheap charbroil gril, and a holland I picked up used. Coincidentally, this photo was taken before Trey, being the true ‘Tide fan he is, painted his smoker Alabama colors. If you have the space, the taste and the time take your own BBQ up a notch with this smoker!

Here at , our goal is to provide you with the secrets, the methods and the techniques you need to produce competition-quality BBQ. Using these basic instructions and altering to allow for the installation of your favorite smoker, this island can hold both a grill and smoker station for the true barbecue enthusiast. Whether you want to an epic BBQ pit design step-by-step, making a cooking space that can serve everyone you’ve ever known for an annual barbecue blowout, or you’re simply making a space to get some grub on for you and your friends, there are endless possibilities.

For those considering building a brick pit, my idea in writing this is not to give you a foolproof set of plans that you’ll follow to the letter, but rather to explain what I did, why I did it and how/why it works (or doesn’t). Build around your barbecue – Maximise storage around your barbecue by adding cupboards and drawers. As you can see, I had the Memphis Pro running along side a Pellet Pro grill I was testing at the same time. This drum smoker kit sure beats a spendy Traeger or Brinkmann smoker/grill as far as the price.

The ones featured here are those that come most highly recommended by friends of mine on the professional BBQ circuits with KCBS and FBA. I’m considering the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill (RT-300) after reading your reviews. Or you can buy a smoke generator or use another smoker to make your smoke and connect the two with a dryer hose. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to How to Turn Your Kettle Grill into a Smoker on Simply Recipes. I attached it to my gas BBQ and can hot smoke ribs, poultry, beef or I can cold smoke salmon, cheese, bacon, ham.

Once I sampled the BBQ and got a closer look, the ugly drum started to appear beautiful to me through my BBQ-loving, tool collecting eyes. Traditional BBQ smoking is done in a brick pit, but there are all manner of commercial smokers on the market, ranging from very inexpensive sheetmetal water smokers to giant commercial-quality stainless steel contraptions the size of a small car (and costing almost as much). I am currently using a Bradley Smoker, which is basically an electric oven with a smoke generator that makes tons of smoke, using special Bradley Smoker pucks (of compressed saw dust).


From planting a small flower garden to sprucing up your outdoor furniture, many of these projects will take you less than a day to complete and some may not cost you anything at all if you have a few basic supplies on hand. You build a wood or charcoal and wood-enhanced fire in the firebox, so the heat is next to (not directly under) the meat. If you want to build an offset smoker , here’s a rule of thumb: The volume of the firebox should be about 1/3 the volume of the cooking chamber.

His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show. Rub night before, I inject the brisket with Shiner Bock beer and beef broth and a little Apple cider vinegar the night before at 225 -250 range ( I use hickory and pecan here in TX) Put on the smoker 3-5 pm,get internal temp up to 170 deg, also spray it about every 1-2 hrs.

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack PG500 $1,595 The innovation here is that the cooking surface is divided into two sections, one is much like all the other pellet smokers, strictly indirect convection air cooking, but the other, smaller section exposes the meat to direct radiant heat so you can get a good dark sear when you want to high heat grill. He unfortunately had to go home before we were able to start a fire in it. There is nothing more enjoyable than doing an outdoor project with family members there to share!

In addition to your regular grill and its fuel source, you’ll need just a few inexpensive things, many of which you probably already have on hand. Setting a canner on the grill instead of the stove top is even more efficient because the fire heats the canner directly instead of transferring heat through the steel plate. If you decide to build a serious brick Barbecue pit, you will need some good plans and plenty of time and material.

For instance, if you are cooking at low temperatures you will get a stronger smoke profile then if you burn a pellet smoker / grill at its higher temperature range. Old Fashioned Backyard Brick BBQ Pit With Wood Storage Rack That’s it in the picture at the top of the page. This easy-to-follow guide shows you how to upgrade your grill with a smart set of side tables in just six easy steps. I have added auxiliary smoke generators, and tried almost every way possible to create authentic BBQ on a pellet smoker— It can’t be done.

Sure, it is more expensive than some of the cheaper/smaller Char-Broil or Brinkmann smokers, but you get a ton of room inside the drum smoker. As for the price, I still wonder how many times I could have gone to a good BBQ restaurant for the same money. For grilling you can stack a small grill top on top of 2 firebricks inside the stove and cook atop it. You’ll also find these useful modifications are easy to grab even when you’re wearing bulky grill gloves. Fill in the gap between the red brick and the firebrick with heat resistant Reframix (a soupy consistency is best).

In a nutshell, you need to make several openings in the barrel: the doors through which the food is inserted and removed, a smoke inlet hole, a smoke outlet hole, and several smaller holes for grill supports and thermometers near the doors. This is optional, but putting cold cheese in a warm smoker can attract condensation, and you’ll get the best results if your cheese surface stays dry during the smoke. Now that you have your formation set up, you can lay your grill across the hole. To make an above-ground pit that you can take down again with little fuss, all you really need are some bricks or cinderblocks, and your grill.

I was wondering if you could email us those diagrams and plans to build it…and a materials list…thank you I am soooo very excited to build this!! Inside was clean, no liner, so I just put some vegetable oil in there to season the smoker on my first test run to test the temps. Since I already have three BBQ grills, my wife would scream if I built something like this, but great idea. As always, if you find this selection of Pellet Grill reviews informative, please consider sharing it with your BBQ friends! The main advantage of this DIY project is that it can be done in half an hour with almost no tools required.

Carlsen prototyped every one of the 76 DIY projects in his new book, The Backyard Homestead Book Of Building Projects , which means his backyard is packed with stuff. Place a couple of wood chunks on the pan in your smoker and adjust the hotplate until moderately dense smoke is generated. From that point on he was hooked on BBQ and on coming up with the very best way to ensure its production. The only real drawback to a meat smoker made like this is that you have to remove the top and lift out the racks to replenish the wood chips, which you will likely have to do 3 to 4 times during each smoking session.

David cooks on a pellet smoker and he adds Mojobricks to his pellet smoker for that added touch of good smoke lovin flavor. This BBQ works well, it didn’t cost much to make and it was made by someone with very little building know-how. All you need to make this happen is your backyard grill (or any grill with a lid,) a soldering iron, a tin can, a can opener, and the wood chips you want to use for smoking. The body of the smoker is built from cedar planks because they have a natural resistance to mold and rotting.