Introduction: Old Grill, New Smoker

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This is my first inscrutable so bare with me and please let me know what you think. :)

I found this old propane grill on the side of the road with a piece of paper on it saying "free" (my favorite word). So I took the opportunity to make something of it. The grill was in really bad shape; with rust all over the place and pieces either missing or falling off.

I'm more of an old school 'griller'. I like the smell of wood and charcoal burning, a beer in my hand, and hours of perfecting that perfect smoky flavor on my brisket. I already own a charcoal grill, did not own a smoker, and I don't care for propane grills, so I was very happy to give this guy a makeover.

Step 1: Clean It Out and Gut It

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First, I had to get all of the rust out of the bottom. With some gloves and a trash bag ( and a beer) I started removing everything inside, even the old burners and knobs. After everything was removed, I power washed the inside and outside, then let it air dry in the sun.

Step 2: Creating the Base and Sealing Up the Holes.

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For the base, I dropped the top grease trap all the way to the bottom with other metal pieces left over from earlier.

To contain all of the coals and ashes, I used a turkey pan at the bottom.

Last, I wanted the smoke to go out of the top, back lid, so I needed to close up any holes. I simply used duck tape and tin foil.

Step 3: Grill

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Lastly, I wanted to smoke a brisket so I needed indirect head. So I used coals and a lot of soaked wood chips. I marinated my brisket for a couple hours in soy sauce, lemon juice, and some other spices you'll have to beg me to find out. Then on top, I put on basil, which the oils drip out on top of the meat just before burning up. To keep the brisket moist, I would slather on apple juice every 30 minutes.

I hoped you enjoyed.


jonothan8 (author)2017-01-01

This looks great! What is your cooking process - how long, how do you maintain the heat etc?

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-07-11

Great idea for how to make a smoker.

Thanks! :)

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