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How do i make my charcoal grill a better smoker?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone,

 

I am very new to the whole forum thing so forgive me if this subject has already been addressed.  I currently own a grill very similar to the "Brinkmann Single Zone Charcoal Grill."  The main difference is that my grill does not have the rivits in the lid for a rotisserie attachment.  I have been looking online alot about smoking and i think i am ready to start doing it.  I have attempted to smoke a brisket a few times and though they were not horrible they were not as fall apart tender as i wanted them to be.  After much more research i have a new technique but the problem is i have trouble maintaining the heat on my grill.  The last few times i tried to smoke i noticed alot of smoke leaking from around the lid of my grill.  Do i need to make the grill air tight so only the air vents allow entry and exit of air and smoke?  or is it fine the way it is?  Also if i do need to make it air tight what would be best to use to plug these leaks?

 

post #2 of 13

Not familiar with the Brinkman you describe but if you are trying to smoke briskey you should probably have a smoker.  As a beginner may I suggest you consider purchasing an ECB (el cheapo brinkman).  These models of smoker are around 50 bucks, have a fire box separated by a water pan and normally 2 racks in the smoke chamber.  Many, many of us started with this inexpensive, reliable piece of equipment and personally I have 2 of them in reserve for when I run out of room on my larger smoker.

 

Maybe I should do a search for your grill before posting this comment but from what you described it sounds like a BBQ grill and not a smoker.

 

Good Luck and welcome to the forum.  Why not go to the new member area and sign in so you can get a real SMF welcome from all the members.

 

Al 

post #3 of 13

Wal -mart just rolled back prices of their smokers.Sorry but a grill will always be a grill.

post #4 of 13

welcome1.gif  Glad to have you with us!   Spend a few bucks & get a Weber Smoky Mountain.

post #5 of 13

Welcome..

This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Then use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/wiki/about-jeffs-5-day-ecourse

 

Have a great day!!!

 

Craig

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/wiki/basic-pulled-pork-smoke

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/wiki/finishing-sauce-for-pulled-pork-by-soflaquer

post #6 of 13

Welcome and what ever you decide to do have some fun with it...I made my first smoker from a trash can.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by alblancher View Post

Not familiar with the Brinkman you describe but if you are trying to smoke briskey you should probably have a smoker.  As a beginner may I suggest you consider purchasing an ECB (el cheapo brinkman).  These models of smoker are around 50 bucks, have a fire box separated by a water pan and normally 2 racks in the smoke chamber.  Many, many of us started with this inexpensive, reliable piece of equipment and personally I have 2 of them in reserve for when I run out of room on my larger smoker.

 

Maybe I should do a search for your grill before posting this comment but from what you described it sounds like a BBQ grill and not a smoker.

 

Good Luck and welcome to the forum.  Why not go to the new member area and sign in so you can get a real SMF welcome from all the members.

 

Al 



 

+1

 

I started with an ECB to see if I liked smoking meat and how much I would be doing it.  Recently upgraded to a WSM.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks all i may just have to drop the cash and get an ECB for now till i can afford a better quality smoker.

post #9 of 13

We joke about the ECB, but many of us here started with one.  With a few simple mods, you can get great smokes out of them.

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #10 of 13

Before you spend ecb .I would look at makeing a uds or fridge.You can always do it in stages.I will give you a drum free  were are you located.You can make a uds cheap.

post #11 of 13

Welcome to SMF. Take the free 5 day e-course before you do anything else!  Great ideas there.

 

 

 

Mike

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by michael ark View Post

Wal -mart just rolled back prices of their smokers.Sorry but a grill will always be a grill.



I dont think so, I have smoked a lot of meat over the years in a weber kettle.

 

Just takes a little practice is all.

post #13 of 13

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Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.


This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.
 

Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.
 

We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
this is the place. 
 

Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  


Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.
 

Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa
 

 

Tips For New Members.

  1. Go into your profile and Under Location put where you are.
  2. City & State or Area & State will do. This will help members when answering your questions.
  3. Go to ROLL CALL thread and tell us a little about Yourself (A Name We Can Call You) and Experience & Equipment.
  4. Do Not Post  your other questions and smokes in the Roll Call Forum.
  5. Post your questions and smokes in the Proper Forum, Beef, Pork, Sausage, Electric Smoker, Charcoal Smoker etc.
  6. Use the Wiki Section, many of our members have posted great tutorials and instructional threads so take advantage of them.
  7. When you can't find an answer ask plenty of questions, we have some highly experienced members willing to help you.
  8. When posting about your smokes be sure to post plenty of Qview (Pictures) Our Moto, "No Pics, Didn't Happen".
  9. Get a good Probe Thermometer, Don't Depend on the Built in Thermometer in your Smoker (They are notorious for being off).
  10. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732
  11. Remember, We Always Cook by Temperature and NOT BY TIME...
  12. Sign up for Jeff's 5-Day eCourse.  Click Here
  13. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.
  14. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

  15. If you are unsure of a procedure ASK, don't ASSUME, It will make your Smoking experience much more pleasant...

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