If you have never owned an offset smoker, then chances are you may only think it's used for smoking. Wrong! Offset smokers can do more than just smoke meats? That's right - an offset smoker can also be used for grilling!
In this blog post, we'll talk about the basics of grilling on an offset smoker BBQ. We'll discuss what types of food work best, how to set up your smoker, and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your grilling experience. So fire up that smoker and let's get started!
One of the great things about grilling on an offset smoker is that you can cook a variety of food. Offset smokers are perfect for grilling meat, vegetables, and even fruit. So whether you're looking to grill up some chicken or steak, or want to try something new like grilled pineapple, an offset smoker is a great option.
When it comes to setting up your offset smoker for grilling, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first thing to consider is how much food will you be grilling. If you are only going to cook some sausages or a steak then the firebox is all you need. Just treat it like a little charcoal BBQ. Light up the charcoal, pop the cooking grate on and grill away.
If you are planning on cooking up a large BBQ for your family and friends, then the firebox may not be big enough. Luckily some offset smokers like the one from Flaming Coals let you set up the entire smoking chamber as a large charcoal grill. What you need to do is remove the baffle plates as they are not needed for grilling then insert the charcoal grates across the bottom of the smoker. When grilling it is always good practice to have a hot side and a cool side, that way different food can be cooked at different temperatures. I prefer having the majority of the coal on the side of the firebox, that way it gets plenty of oxygen to keep it going. I also always leave the firebox door open for the same reason.
If your meat is quite thick and you choose to grill it instead of reverse searing it, then I would recommend grilling it on the cooling side of the grill. That way it slowly gets up to temperature and cooks all the way through. Veggies should also be cooked on the same side. As always, be sure to keep an eye on your food and adjust as necessary.
Grilling on an offset smoker is a great way to cook a variety of delicious food. Just be sure to keep a few things in mind and you'll be sure to have success!
When grilling on an offset smoker there are a couple of different methods you can use; direct grilling and indirect grilling. Direct grilling is when you place your food directly over the heat source, while indirect grilling is when you cook your food on a cooler part of the grill or away from the coals/flame. Both methods have their own benefits, so it really just depends on what type of food you're cooking as to which method you should use.
If you're looking for more of a char on your food, then direct grilling is going to be the way to go. This method can be used for thinner cuts of meat like burgers, chicken wings, and sausages. Just be sure to watch your food carefully so it doesn't overcook or burn!
Indirect grilling is great for thicker cuts of meat that need to be cooked slowly, like a roast or a whole chicken. This method is also less likely to cause flare-ups, so it's ideal if you're cooking for a large group of people.
So, can you grill on an offset smoker? The answer is yes! Just be sure your smoker has the right grates and grill to accommodate grilling like available with the Flaming Coals Offset and use the correct grilling method depending on the type of food you're cooking. Happy grilling!