Cold Smoker Can For Gas Grills -Tutorial & Pics

Discussion in 'Grilling Tips' started by mooseman, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. mooseman

    mooseman Fire Starter

    When I first became a member here, I lived in an apartment and all my smoker/charcoal grills were at my GF's. I wanted to find a better solution to those crappy smoker boxes and aluminum foil packets that would infuse enough smoke in meat that you would actually taste.

    What I came up with was this: A soup can with holes punched in the bottom with a small grate at the bottom. I took two lit briquets, placed them on the bottom grate, then filled the can with chips. Then, I placed the can on the top grate of my grill, added the meat. I typically got about 1/2 hour of solid smoke, which for smaller cuts worked fine. For larger cuts, I would refill the can for another round of smoke. Now here's what's important: the can worked best(at least on my grill) when the gas was turned off. If I had the gas on, the oxygen would reduce and the briquets would burn out. So essentially, this was a cold smoking device. Once the smoking was finished, I turned on the gas grill and finished the meat up with direct or indirect heat, depending on what kind of meat I was working with.

    I don't use the can anymore, but for those who only have gas grills, or want to get some smoke flavor on your meat without firing up the smoker or charcoal grill, it works quite well. Depending on what kind of meat, I have used oak, hickory, cherry, pecan, maple, and apple chips.

    Before any grilling or smoking takes place, it is important to always have a cold beverage handy:

    Top view of can:

    Side view:

    Can in action with meat on top grate:

    Here's a sample of finished product:
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great beer - great looking smoke can - nice turorial - PINK Tile?
    LOL - thanks for sharing my friend
  3. mooseman

    mooseman Fire Starter

    I didn't put in the came with my place.
  4. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    I spot fresh herbage in that photo... :) Beautiful Q and a nice tutorial on a smoke box. [​IMG]
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking chicken and beer... Nice idea on the chip can...[​IMG]
  6. mooseman

    mooseman Fire Starter

    I put fresh rosemary sprigs under the chicken skin - it's delish!
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now thats a cool idea to cold smoke your yard bird then grill then on a gasser. I like that and the beer thing is a most also. You don't want any flare ups right. You might want to have a few more on hand for that.
  8. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]there is more than one way to skin a cat!!
  9. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic


    This was really a great idea and it has pictures. It doesn't deserve to fall 4 pages back in forum history. I nominate it for a sticky. Anybody care to second that?
  10. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Necessity is the mother of invention. What a great idea. I think I will have to give you points as that truly is a good idea for people like youself who have limited space or no means to run a full blown bbq. [​IMG]
  11. mooseman

    mooseman Fire Starter

    Wow, I'm flattered!

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