How to easily convert a Weber Smokey Mountain into Santa Maria grill so that the WSM can burn wood logs & grill incredible Santa Maria style tri-tip over real wood fire…without using tools.
This is such an easy modification to make to the Weber Smokey Mountain (*affiliate link to a smoker like mine if you want to pick one up: http://amzn.to/2t9jD0x) that I’m surprised more people aren’t doing it. The key thing to remember is the WSM isn’t designed to burn logs like a actually Santa Maria style open style pit. So if you put the lid back on, the fire will go out and smolder the whole time and you will absolutely hate the results you get. However, if you keep the lid (and the WSM drip pan) off the Weber the entire time, the logs will burn similar to a chimenea.
I usually keep the door for the Weber Smokey Mountain shut after the logs are burning but you could crack it open if you need to in order to keep the logs lit. I haven’t had that issue but it could be helpful for people in higher elevations.
I used the Weber Chimney starter to light some charcoal to get an instant bed of coals in order to get the logs going faster.
If you like this, you might consider upgrading to the Gabby’s Grills attachment I mentioned: Here are some of my friends videos on that (and another creative DIY solution).
T-roy Cooks Tri-tip on Santa Maria Grill for Weber Kettle | Gabby’s Grills
Andy Olsen (now “Provo Grill Mod”) shows Gabby’s Grill SM mod:
Phil in Florence’s Santa Maria grill accessory on the WSM 22
Heavy Metal Bar-B-Que’s “Poor Man’s” Santa Maria Grill/Wood Fired Open Pit Style BBQ on Weber:
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Here’s a direct link to Weber Smokey Mountain 22 like I used.
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