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Is it possible to smoke fish/chicken on a regular BBQ?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 23, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Since I love smoked mackerel,trout,eel and chicken,but the ones in the store usually have preservatives or hidden sugars in it,I was wondering if it be possible to smoke it myself on a regular (cheap) BBQ?without having to remodificate the entire thing.(since I'm not that technical)

Would it work if I dropped the soaked wood,where the charcoal usually goes and light it a little till it begins to smoke and then put the cover on it for a while? (don't know for how long,till you get that thin smoke layer around it) I'm a total noob,so tips would be appreciated concerning preparations,types of wood/where to get it,smoking time,recipes etc.

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on March 25, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Thanx for the link,but I couldn't find anything about using a regular cheap BBQ/Grill. I'm really a BBQnoob, 'cause I never owned one before,so I'm not really sure if I imagine your method right.Do you just shove the charcoal/wood on one side and place the meat on the grillplate on the other side?Tried to find a clear instruction on YouTube,but no such luck. Wouldn't it be easier to just only use wood?

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on March 25, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Thanx for the tip on the types of wood. How long approximately will it take for chickenbreast to smoke/grill indirectly?

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on March 23, 2011
at 06:14 PM

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_turn_your_kettle_grill_into_a_smoker/

these are basically the instructions with mnroe detail straight from the weber manual. it works. best to get a drink and put your feet up because you cant leave it, but if youre only smoking a few times a year or less, its great. any more than that, and i might invest in a smokenator.

http://smokenator.com/

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on March 24, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I have not been able to cold smoke fish etc on my grill, but chicken or lamb are easy and lovely. I only have charcoal on one side of the grill lit, with fist sized pieces of wood (not soaked) mixed in with the charcoals.

I find one or two is enough to give a good smokey flavour - but I'd use 3 if I was planning to keep the chicken to eat cold the next day. I find the smoke effect diminishes overnight!

This site

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/index.html

has MASSES of info, for both dedicated smokers or for grills used to smoke. So informative - and if you ask a question, you will get top-notch responses!!!!

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

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on March 25, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Thanx for the link,but I couldn't find anything about using a regular cheap BBQ/Grill. I'm really a BBQnoob, 'cause I never owned one before,so I'm not really sure if I imagine your method right.Do you just shove the charcoal/wood on one side and place the meat on the grillplate on the other side?Tried to find a clear instruction on YouTube,but no such luck. Wouldn't it be easier to just only use wood?

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on March 24, 2011
at 10:57 AM

I agree with the above comments. Just 3 thoughts: dont use soaked chips. Use chunks as close to tennis ball size as you can and dont soak them.

For fowl, use wood from a fruit tree rather than a tree that produces nuts. Much more mild, and fowl absorbs smoke quite easily. Wood from a nut tree is good for pork and beef.

For the same reason, use a small amount of wood on chicken, especially your first time out. Most people over-smoke chicken and it ends up tasting like ham rather than smoked bird.

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

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on March 25, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Thanx for the tip on the types of wood. How long approximately will it take for chickenbreast to smoke/grill indirectly?

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669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

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on March 23, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Thanx for the replies and link. Quite some work still,with making the brine etc. Must indeed be done,when I have appropiate time and energy for it.

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on March 23, 2011
at 06:09 PM

Yes, you can turn a standard BBQ into a smoker. There are lots of websites that will explain in detail how to do it, the issue is you can't just leave. Sometimes it's 4-12 hours depending on house large the items are you are smoking, so you need to do it at a time you can add more wood etc.

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