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Barbecue Ribs on a Charcoal Grill

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Preparing the Charcoal Grill - Barbecue Ribs on a Charcoal Grill
Setting Up Charcoal Grill for Smoking

Setting Up Charcoal Grill for Smoking

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Now its time to turn your charcoal grill into a smoker. This is easily done with two disposable aluminum pans. These should be about half the size of your charcoal grill. One of these pans will act as a drip pan that helps hold the charcoal in place and keeps dripping away from the fire. The other pan will be filled with water to add moisture to your grill and to help regulate the temperature.

Start with a clean charcoal grill. Remove the cooking grate and start the charcoal. I'm using a charcoal chimney which will light the perfect amount of charcoal. You will need enough charcoal to cover half the coal grate, about three layers thick (that's three layers of charcoal).

Once the charcoal is lit, place one of the aluminum pans on the coal grate and pour the charcoal on the other side. I bend the aluminum pan to fit the grill shape to make it easier to work with.

Now, it's time add the wood. The wood is important for creating the smoke. I suggest large wood chunks since it will take longer to burn and provides smoke as you need it. Use several chunks for a good smoke supply.

Return the cooking grate and place the second aluminum pan on it, directly over the charcoal. Fill with as much water as it can hold. The goal is to keep the grill at a temperature just above the boiling point of water (around 225 degrees F.) The water will steam away slowly and you shouldn't need to add more water, but keep an eye on it.

Now you have converted your grill into a smoker.

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