Hey, I want to show you how I set up a Weber Kettle grill for doing a little indirect cooking. If you don’t have a smoker, one of these Webers, it’s probably one of my favorite grills that I actually own.
I use it more than anything. You can do a lot with these. For indirect cooking on the Weber, you need two zones. You need a hot zone, and you need a cool zone that you cook your meat on. So, what I do, is I’ve taken just a half size aluminum pan to keep it over in my cool zone. Now, I have a space where I can pile up my charcoal. I can get some wood going on it for smoke, and it’s keeping it totally separate from my meat. So, I’m cooking over here at a different temperature. I’m going to show you how I get the coals going here in just a second, but this is the basic set up.
I use one of these Weber racks. The one touch that I had didn’t come with this rack, but I found it at Home Depot for like 15 bucks, but it has easy access to what’s below. So, if you need to add charcoal during the long cooks, or if you’re smoking at a lower temp on the Weber Kettle, you can just flip it up, add a few coals, add more wood, and go right back to cooking. This is a real easy set up, and it works just as good as a smoker. I’m going to get some coals going, show you how I stack them in there, how I add the wood, and this thing will be be ready to cook.
Now, I’ve got some hot coals. We’re ready to set up this Weber Kettle for some indirect cooking. So, the first thing I want to do is get my spacer pan right down in the area I want to put it. I’m going to put my hot coals over here as well. You just want to pile them up.
Now, we’re pretty much set up for indirect smoking right here. What I do like to do, since we have a water pan in here, I want to add some apple juice to it. This is where you can get creative, ,just water, add some beer, whatever you like. Apple juice gives it a good flavor and cut up onions and put in it. This just adds a little bit of moisture when it’s cooking. It’s a little bit more of a heat sink, absorbs some of that heat right off those coals, and you don’t have to fill it up. You just want some moisture in there. Now I’m ready for my grate.
All right, now we’re ready for a little wood, and the Weber is set up for smoking. So, what I like to do, just drop a piece of good, cherry wood down on there. It doesn’t need much. On this side, you can leave it flipped up if you’re going to be accessing it. But, today, that’s the way I’m going to do it, or you can flip it back over if you wanted to sear right over it. But, this is the set up for indirect smoking on a Weber Kettle grill. Anybody can do this. You don’t have to have an expensive cooker. Use Your Weber. Very versatile.
So, now that we got the wood on, the fire’s hot, you want to get your vents just cracked about a quarter to start with. We want it to smoke, so it’s going to be a lower temp. We’re probably going to be around 300 degrees. You can put a thermometer in it to check it, but usually I know that if my bottom butterfly vent is set about a quarter, and the top one’s about a quarter here, we’re going to be right where we want. We should start saying some smoke come out. Now, the Weber’s ready, smelling good.
Dallas Jones is a 37-year-old former secretary at a law firm who enjoys cooking, meditation and escapology. He is bright and generous, but can also be very stingy and a bit violent. You can reach me via e-mail at [email protected]