Ever wanted to smoke a nice piece of pork butt or brisket but was too lazy and/or don't have any money (like myself) to go out and buy a smoker? I have a solution that should satisfy your craving for smoke! In your charcoal grill (preferably one with a attached thermometer), light about ten briquettes and set them off to one side of the grill. Then set a aluminum pan with about one cup water over the briquettes. Once the temperature gets to about 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit you can set a handful of soaked wood chips on the briquettes and start smoking! Remember to add briquettes and wood chips when needed.
I smoked a 6.5 lb brisket for just about 9 hours at about 200 degrees. This is the rub recipe I used the night before and let the meat dry marinade it overnight:
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarse black pepper
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
*I like pepper, so feel free to use less pepper
Of course I didn't just sit around for 9 hours and wait for the beef to be done. I drank beer! And the perfect beer to drink while smoking is Boulevard Brewery's Smoke Stack Series Double-Wide IPA. This 750 mL bottle has been sitting in my fridge for about one year. Luckily this beer has a ABV of almost 9%, so it is able to last even longer if needed (and it would slightly change the flavor). It's a really good IPA with a slight sweetness and an aggressive hoppiness to it. They use 5 different types of hops in this beer! I also love the red-amber color this beer has also. Very good looking beer. This is a year-round beer for Boulevard so go grab one at your nearest grocery store.