I am from the Mississippi Delta and though I did not think I could be at my age, but I find myself a newbe to grilling. I have always done the prep work for hubby but never more than steaks, hot dogs or hamburger for him or on my own till now. After being alone for last couple of years I missed grilled foods. I started looking at grills. Not a gas grill person, though I have been told it would be easier and quicker for me. I love fire. Plus where I live, bottle are very inconvenient to get filled.
I recently purchased an offset small smoker/grill, thinking I can grill and smoke then realized I did not know how. Also thinking that i could do hamburger and small stuff on the firebox side and smoke bigger stuff on the big side. LOL I may have gotten too small a smoker grill, now that I have used it a few times.
Started watching a lot of Steven Raichlen BBQ U and Primal Grill. Caught two full weekends of it. Fired up my smoker and though I may not have done it right, it turned out a great rack of ribs 1st go, corn on cob, squash, onions and bake beans. I put coals in the fire box and in 1/2 of the cooking side. 1st put the coals in the big side next to the fire box, did not like the way that was doing so I raked them over to the smoke stack drip drain side.
The 1/2 chickens with sides came out great the next week. I cook the whole meal on the smoker/grill veggies and bake beans. LOL Now i am reading that I may not should have done that. Doing a lot of research on net found this place as well as tons of advice and modifications for the smoker. To the point I am more confuzzled than I was before.
Is there any reason I should not put fire in the main part of the grill? I put my pot of bake beans on the grate in the smoker side, It is perfect for a 2 quart cast iron pot of bake beans. But I need more rack space for direct grilling than the tiny fire box allows for my veggies.
My goal is to smoke/grill enough meat and some times enough veggies for the bulk of the week each weekend so that I will eat in the evening instead of catching junk.
I also have a small fire pit in my sitting area that I use a lot so I am looking for a grate that I can set on top of it for small meals.
Should I post this question some where else as well.
Remember I love fire