Sometimes nothing beats smoking a nice cut of meat outdoors on a lazy, hot day -- that is, as long as the weather cooperates. But the great outdoors can get a little testy, especially during these winter months. Even in Southern California.
Next time you're hankering for a smoked rack of ribs, consider smoking in the great indoors, right on your stove top. Stove-top smoking is certainly not a new concept: Scatter some wood chips in a roasting pan, put the meat on a rack to sit above it. Loosely cover the pan with foil, and heat. Watch for the chips to start smoking and cover tight, then smoke to desired doneness. Voilà.