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How to Hack Your Grill Into a Smoker (Whether It’s Gas or Charcoal!)

by Rose Marie Walano 3:00 AM, April 9, 2018

Aired April 9, 2018

Love smoky grilled foods but not really looking to spend the cash on a smoker?

Guess what: If you have a grill — either a charcoal grill or a gas grill — you can hack into into a smoker!

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And we entrusted two serious pros to show us how it's done: two members of the first family of smoked meats, Robbie and Hunter Shoults of the Bear Creek Smokehouse in Texas!

(Look at those cowboy hats! 😍)

"The main thing you want to remember [when you're smoking] is indirect heat," says Robbie.

And this is how you get it for your grill!

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HOW TO TURN YOUR CHARCOAL GRILL INTO A SMOKER

1. Get an aluminum pan and place it next to the coals.
2. Fill it halfway with water which helps to regulate the temperature and keep everything moist.
3. Place the meat on the cool side.
4. The meat needs to stay at a constant 225 degrees, so you will have to adjust vents at the top and bottom probably every 15 to 20 minutes.

Note: You can also put wood right on top of the charcoal or even use wood instead of charcoal.

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HOW TO TURN YOUR GAS GRILL INTO A SMOKER

1. You'll also start with a foil pan here, but this time, it’s filled with wood chips and covered with aluminum foil.
2. Poke holes in the foil to let the smoke escape.
3. Place the pan directly on the bars over an unlit burner or two.
4. Put the cooking grates in place, and turn on the grill with all the burners on high.
5. When the smoke appears, start cooking your food, adjusting the temperature of the grill as needed.

And there you have it! How's THAT for a double-duty tip?

Thanks, boys!