Anyone smoke with wood directly in grill

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by waytoodeep03, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. waytoodeep03

    waytoodeep03 Fire Starter

    I just had some awesome ribs. The guy told me that he doesnt use his firebox because it takes too long. He was cooking maybe 50 slabs along with chicken in a huge wood smoker with pecan and oak.

    He showed me that he placed the wood directly in the bottom of the smoker and just placed a few hot coals on top of the wood and uses the wood fire and smoke the rest of the way. He placed the new meat in the back of the grill away from the fire and used the fire to crisp it up only.

    Im sure the temp was alot hotter than 225-250 He cooked the food fast and the ring was pink and the smoke flavor was awesome.

    Do any of you cook your meat like this without using a firebox?
  2. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    Used to, back when I smoked on the 22.5" Weber kettle. The food came out great.

    You certainly don't NEED an offset smoker to produce awesome smoked results. It just makes certain things more convenient, and gives you a level of control that you can't get from a more direct heating system.
  3. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    I've done virtually every of my regular "smokes" in this same manner. It is kind of an offset. If you notice in the pics, I put my charcoal/chips on one end of the grill and the food at the other. I also only use the one stack at the food end.

    It works good, but it does take more attention and maintenance.
  4. waytoodeep03

    waytoodeep03 Fire Starter

    What do you use to clean the ashes out of this?
  5. mkl

    mkl Newbie

    I use this method regularly and I like to put a lining of aluminum foil under the area where the fire will be. It is easier to clean out the ashes that way.
  6. dirt guy

    dirt guy Smoking Fanatic

    Nothing until the smoke is done. The chips fall through the cooking grate as they burn up. I take the charcoal grate out of the bottom and clean the ashes out with a garden trowel once things have cooled down. Usually, I wait until right before the next use. I will double-bag a couple of Wal-Mart sacks and throw the ashes in.
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm a gasser all the way both grills and smokers so I guess I don't know.
  8. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use the firebox on my Horizon as a grill using wood as a fuel. It produces some great food.

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