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Marwendholt 03-11-2013 01:11 PM

Campfire smoker?
I'm going camping with some friends in two weeks to a very remote campground that is a bit of a haul from my house, and I want to smoke either a brisket or a butt but don't want to drag my smoker along.

So I have came up with an idea to make a disposable smoker out of aluminum pans and a rack that I can hand over the fire on my tripod using my grate to hold it. I would put some holes on the bottom pan to let smoke in, possibly put a small pan on the bottom upside down to diffuse the heat(see terrible drawing below), with the meat in on a rack above the upside down pan maybe a small water pan too.

Any thoughts as to whether this will work? Suggestions? Do ? have too much time on my hands?

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Wampus 03-11-2013 01:19 PM

I'm not seeing great success with this idea. I'm thinking the smoke won't enter the pans as well as you're thinking it will.

If you have a tripod and a grate to hang from could just work with that...treat it as a Santa Maria style cooker? You'll get the smoke and the heat....just a thought.

Do you have a Weber Kettle grill you could take?

code3rrt 03-11-2013 01:20 PM

To be honest, I really couldn't say from the drawing, but if you have 2 weeks, try a test run with a few country style ribs or a small butt and tweak it from there.

It would be a great treat for your friends if it works. Let us know how it turns out, and don't forget the pics!

Good luck,


J'ville Grill 03-11-2013 01:20 PM

Let us know how it works out for you. The wife and I camp a lot and different ways of cooking are the most fun part. I have taken my WSM with me on occasion as well as my Master Touch.

Marwendholt 03-11-2013 01:23 PM

I don't have a webber kettle. I don't like using charcoal, I'm either wood or propane.

aawa 03-11-2013 01:31 PM

Have you thought about possibly making a mini wsm? It is cheap to build, lightweight and portable and you could always use wood coals to smoke whatever you decide in the mini. I have used wood coals from my fireplace this weekend in my mini with great success.

jestridge 03-11-2013 01:37 PM

Maybe something similar to this

Marwendholt 03-11-2013 01:40 PM

I want to go as cheap as possible, so I don't really want build a mini WSM.

Marwendholt 03-11-2013 01:41 PM


Originally Posted by jestridge (Post 2402860)
Maybe something similar to this

I already have a tripod with a grate, im just looking to build a little smoker i can hang over the fire on the grate.

Bludawg 03-11-2013 01:54 PM

Since you have a Tripod ( that's what the wimen call me) I would dig a shallow fire pit maybe a foot deep and build a fire in it keep feeding it until it is full to the top with coals set your tripod over the pit your gonna need a hook (PBC Style) hang the brisket over the coals and wrap a cheap blue tarp around the tri pod leave about 6" clearance between the ground and the tarp for drafting and you can add wood chunks under the tarp.
This style of cooking is an ancient one used by igenius peoples all over the word. I have cooked venison & antelope this way on several occasions.

qnbiker 03-11-2013 03:53 PM

Not exactly a smoker, but we cook briskets & butts in a dutch oven when camping. Use your tripod and hang it over the campfire.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-11-2013 03:56 PM

A brisket is not easy to cook under the best of circumstances. Looks to me like you are making things difficult for yourself.

ButtBurner 03-11-2013 03:59 PM


Originally Posted by HeSmellsLikeSmoke (Post 2403094)
A brisket is not easy to cook under the best of circumstances. Looks to me like you are making things difficult for yourself.

I agree

I would shoot for a pork butt. Hard to mess those up

Beef 03-11-2013 06:26 PM

whatever you do, use hardwood, and not pine firewood that is common in campgrounds..

Hoss 03-11-2013 08:40 PM

Just a thought.Precook whatever you want,cooler or freeze and warm it up using the campfire.:twitch: Your guests will thank you.:mod:Hey it beats potted meat and crackers.Good luck.

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