I certainly appreciate your advice, but it's going to be hard to do in my second-floor condo.
Actually, I can do a pretty good smoking job, using the left burner on low and the other two off, plus a little container of soaked chips. I misspoke about the grill- the brand is Member's Mark (not Makers Mark.) It's a Sam's Club brand; I understand Costco has similar grills from the same Chinese (what else) manufacturer.
Speaking of smokers, in 2000 my wife and I RV'd from San Francisco to Houston, timing our trip to catch the Great Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, Texas. There were some minor BBG action there as well, and one eye-catching smoker was an eighteen-foot long steel sculpture of an armadillo, evidently crafted from a variety of steel oilfield pipe sections. Its head was down, serving as the firebox; the tail was upright, forming the chimney. The torso was the smoker, with the appropriate door. The sculpture was, um, anatomically correct, with the grease drain at the rear on the bottom. It boasted two highly-polished brass balls, also correctly located. It was, pretty obviously, a male armadillo.
A friend in the BBQ business said he wanted to commission a similar smoker, and I put him in touch with the armadillo-smoker owner. (I had gotten his
business card.) Through him, my friend contacted the builder, who refused to take an order, saying it had been too **** hard to build.
Too bad. It's a great sculpture. Does nice ribs, too. Keep an eye peeled for it on the various Food TV programs about BBQ and festivals. If it shows up, you can't miss it.