What's the point of using a gas grill? The only thing it does is leave grill marks; otherwise, it's no different than using the broiler in your stove. OTOH, charcoal (with or without wood chips) imparts a distinct flavor to food.
Former CHOW.com Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro recommends that you smoke all sorts of things: fish, cheese, salt, and, of course, meat (see our recipes). And you don’t need a fancy smoking device: You can smoke food on a basic kettle grill. It’s really easy. Watch the video, or see it all step by step (plus instructions for smoking on an outdoor gas grill).
Grillmaster Todd Eng encourages you to rethink your use of lighter fluid and consider investing in a chimney starter. While you’re at it, you might pick up some lump charcoal and a grate brush. Then check out CHOW's grilling recipes!
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