Grill And Smoker Setup And Firing Up

It all starts with how you set up your grill and smoker. The secret is to have temperature control, and for grills, that almost always means using a 2-zone setup. For smokers, the secret is to get a small hot fire that makes clean "blue" smoke rather that billowy white smoke. And yes, you use a plain old grill, gas or charcoal, as a smoker.

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started."

Mark Twain
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