By Jackie Plant
Grilling tends to dominate the summer months, and most people rely on charcoal or gas to cook their food, never even considering the most ancient method of outdoor cooking-smoking. But smoking is great because the low heat, slow cooking and smoldering wood tenderizes meats and adds flavor. Best of all, no fancy equipment is necessary-any home grill can easily be adapted for smoking by following a few simple tips.
Turn Your Grill into a SmokerHow Do I Smoke?
1. Preheat the grill for 30 minutes before adding any wood.
2. Soak wood chips or chunks in water for 20 minutes prior to cooking to create a larger volume of smoke once the wood is placed on the grill.
3. Heat one side of the grill to high (or stack coals to create a high-heat zone) and place the wood on the hot side. Add the meat on the cool side.
4. Maintaining a constant temperature is important. Make sure you place a grill thermometer on your grill and maintain a low temperature between 200°F and 225°F. Low