VIDEO: How to Build a “Mini” Weber Smokey Mountain


Step-by-step instructions and a parts list can be found here.

These look like the perfect tailgater BBQ!

Want to make one? You can likely find most of the nuts & bolts at your local hardware store. Here are a few of the components you can source online at decent prices:

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VIDEO: Meathead’s Buying Guide to Thermometers

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Meathead does a great job over-viewing the various types of thermometers. Now here are some of the best-sellers and most highly-rated among BBQ enthusiasts:

ThermoPro TP03A – Instant Read Thermometer. A high precision sensor gives you accurate readings within 4-7 seconds. Stainless steel probe is easy to clean, and folds for convenient storage. Five-year warranty. Price range: $.

Lavatools Javelin – Instant Read Thermometer. For about twice the cost as the TP03A, you can get this ultra-fast sensor probe (3-4 seconds). Display is nice and big for easy reading. An integrated magnet allows for easy storage on your fridge or grill. Lifetime warranty. Price range: $$.

ThermoPro TP08 – Dual Probe Wireless Thermometer. We own this unit, and have found it well-suited to monitoring our wood pellet and gas grills alike. One probe monitors the meat, the other monitors the grill temp. Alarm and receiver both alert you to when temp has been reached. Up to 300 feet range. Lifetime Sensor Probe Warranty. Price range: $$.

ThermoPro TP20 – Dual Probe Wireless Thermometer. Simple and easy to use. Main difference from the TP08, are a Meat and Taste button that give you pre-programmed internal temps. Takes the guess work out of cooking any meat. Lifetime Sensor Probe Warranty. Price range: $$.

Tappecue – Meat Thermometer with Wifi. Comes with a phone app to monitor temps that’s available on all Apple, as well as Android products. You can get alerts when the meat or chamber goes above or below a min/max temp. Four meat probes mean you can keep track of multiple cooks at once! One year limited warranty. Price range: $$$.

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Smoked Ribs on Gas Grill

HOW TO: Smoke Ribs on a Gas Grill

At the in-laws, and no wood pellet grill. Had to improvise!

Luckily, you can turn any gas grill into a smoker, by using a pellet tube or smoke box:

A-Maze-n 12in-18in Expandable Tube Smoker (also available on eBay)

Stainless Steel Smoker Box by (also available on eBay)

With a smoker tube or box, simply fill with your favorite pellets or chips, and then light one end with a propane torch or lighter. Let pellets or chips burn until smoke is firmly established, and they begin to glow. Then blow out the fire, and let the smoke roll.

If going chips route, check out Char-Broil Simple Smoke (Hickory, Apple, or Cherry). With chips, you may want to add water to them in a bowl first, and let them soak/expand, before adding to smoke box.

Now for the rib instructions:

  1. Remove silver skin on the back of the ribs

  2. Rub ribs generously with mustard

  3. Add your favorite rub liberally to both sides of the ribs

  4. Cover in saran wrap, put back in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 4 hours.

Once you are ready to cook, on a four burner gas grill, start half of the burners on one side. Set to low. Put your smoker tube above one of the hot grates. Close lid, and let temperature climb to 225F. Adjust burner accordingly to get it to keep at that temp.

  1. Remove ribs from refrigerator and un-wrap.

  2. Add ribs to the cold side of the grill, bone-side down.

  3. Close lid, and let smoke build.

  4. Every hour, for two (2) hours, open grill and re-arrange ribs.

  5. At two hour mark, cover ribs in foil, adding a 1/2 cup of apple juice, and leave on for another (1) hour.

  6. Check ribs at 3 hour mark for tenderness and temp. They should be fall-off the bone, with meat receding from bone by at least a 1/4 inch.

  7. Once cooked to optimal tenderness, remove from foil and add sauce (turning every 5 minutes) for wet ribs, or remove and let rest for 15 minutes.

Cooking on charcoal? Check on this Classic Baby Back Ribs recipe from Weber, using a similar technique.

That’s about it. Now you’re ready to try ribs on a gas grill!