Smoking in the kettle grill: the preparations
If you want to smoke with a kettle grill, you should make sure that the temperature is sufficient. If the temperature is high enough, it doesn’t matter whether you use charcoal, gas, or an electric kettle grill.
- Before you start smoking, you should decide on a smoking method. Depending on whether you want to smoke with direct or indirect heat, the methods differ a little.
- Also, choose the right wood. Different types of wood are suitable for different types of meat and fish. These give the meat a special flavor.
- For example, try the wood of a plum or cherry tree. This is suitable for almost all types of meat, for example. The wood of the maple tree is suitable for poultry, cheese, and pork.
- Use wood chips for your grill. They are the easiest to light.
- So that they can smolder and do not burn during smoking, you should moisten them before smoking. Soak the wood in water for 30 minutes. If the wood burns too quickly, the smoke aroma cannot be distributed well.
- Then let the wood drain well.
- If you would like to smoke your meat or fish for a maximum of half an hour, smoking with direct heat is suitable for you. If you want the process to take longer and the smoking result to be more intense, you should work with indirect heat.
How to smoke with direct heat
If you would like to smoke meat, fish, etc. with direct heat, you will need a maximum of half an hour. In this case, the meat becomes more tender, but cannot be stored for as long.
- First, place the prepared wood chips on the glowing charcoal.
- As soon as gray ash has formed and the charcoal is glowing well, you need to close the lid of your kettle grill.
- When the smoke rises from the grill, place your meat or fish over the burning wood chips. Now close the lid.
- Turn the meat several times during the smoking process. The grilled food is smoked evenly.
- After half an hour, the smoking process is complete.
How to smoke with indirect heat
With the indirect heat, smoking takes more than half an hour. This method is suitable for meat that should be kept longer. In addition, you achieve a more intense smoked aroma.
- First, push the charcoal to the sides. The area under the air vent should be free of charcoal and wood.
- Light the charcoal. As soon as it glows well, spread the prepared wood chips on the glowing charcoal.
- Place your food to be grilled in the middle of the grill grate. Note that the area under the meat is empty.
- In this case, the temperature must not exceed 80 to 100 degrees Celsius. In addition, it must remain as constant as possible.
- Regulate the temperature using the ventilation openings on your kettle grill.