4. Your charcoal kettle grill can be used as a pretty passable smoker
Next, we turned to barbecue expert and author of The Grand Barbecue, Doug Worgul, who advises to cook meat indirectly rather than hot and fast. Just position all the coals to one side and set the grill lid holes right over the meat. The vents will actually pull the smoke out turning the grill into a mini smoker. “Doing that’s going to break down the connective tissues and the collagen,” says Worgul. “It’s going to render fat out over time, yet leave the meat moist and flavorful with a really nice crust.”
5. Barbecue in a trashcan for longer cooking times
Barbecue obsessive John Lewis threw some more helpful advice our way about cooking for longer periods of time: “You just can’t get the meat far enough away from the fire on a backyard grill, but a trashcan works great,” he says. The can puts enough physical space just by placing your grill grates on top and sticking the coals in the bottom. Pro-tip: make sure it’s, like, not a used trashcan.