5/22 Amazon Deals/ Pantene Spray

Not only is it Friday, it’s the start of a 3-day weekend.  So, what’s the best way to start?  By getting a good deal, of course!  We have a great coupon for Pantene spray, and a great price for you new subscription to Better Homes & Gardens, plus many more.  Enjoy the deals we have found for you today–these deals won’t last long, so get them while you can!  Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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pantene

Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray 8.5 Fl Oz
This is great to protect your hair from the heat.  I love it when they use it on me at the salon, but I always think it is too expensive for me to buy.  Not today!!  Clip the coupon for $2.00 off to get this spray for only $1.99 (was $5.99) plus free Prime shipping as an Add-on item.

better homes

Better Homes and Gardens (1-year)
Love this magazine!  So many great ideas for your  home…inside and out.  Such a steal of a price at only $4.49 (newsstand price $41.88) for 12 issues/12 months.  Get a whole year’s worth for almost the price of one issue at the newsstand!  Shipping is free.

anna kristoff

Disney Frozen Anna and Kristoff Doll, 2-Pack
Great price for this 2-pack doll set.  Only $14.99 (was $24.99) plus free Prime shipping for subscribers.

apron

Flirty Aprons Women’s Marilyn, Sugar n’ Spice
If you are going to bake, you might as well look cute, right?  This could be a fun wedding gift, or even a graduation gift to the new grad going off to college in their first apartment.  Only $12.99 (was $32.95) and it will ship for free for Prime members.

lights

Wireless LED Motion Sensor Light, 6-Pack
This is a great price for this set of motion lights.  I think these would be great for outside, or the basement.  On sale for just $20.84 (was $59.95) when you clip the coupon for 20% off.  Ships for free with Prime.  This is something my husband would love–great Father’s Day gift??

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Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

5/21 Amazon Deals/ Finish Powerball Tabs

Found some great deals on Amazon today for you.  Dishwasher tabs, a vegetable slicer, play-dog and more!  These prices tend to change quickly, so make sure to get it before the price changes and it’s too late.  Have a great Thursday!

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finish powerboats

Finish Powerball Tabs Dishwasher Detergent Tablets, Fresh Scent, 60 Count
Great price for these dishwasher tabs.  On sale for just $6.84 (was $20.86) when you clip the coupon for $2.15 off.  Ships for free as an Add-on item if you subscriber to Amazon Prime.

slicerPaderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
Have you tried one of these spiralizers?  I have been wanting to try it, and this is a great price and this brand is supposed to be the best.  On sale for only $26.75 (was $39.95) and free prime shipping.

play doh

Play-Doh Plus Color Set, 8-Pack
Great price on this Play-doh.  My kids could play with Play-doh for hours.  On sale for $5.09 (was $8.99) and it ships for free as and Add-on item for Amazon Prime members.

ziploc big bags

Ziploc Big Bag Double Zipper, 3 Jumbo Big Bags
These bags are so convenient for packing away blankets, towels, or beach toys.  Only $4.78 (was $8.89) when you clip the 20% off coupon and ships for free for Prime members as an Add-on item.

food container

3-compartment Food Container with Lid, Bento Lunch Box
This is a great little lunch box.  On sale for $14.99 (was $24.99) and it ships for free for Prime members.

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Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $8.25 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

2015 Summer Fairs and Festivals Near Me in the Pacific Northwest

 

fairs

The one thing I really look forward to every summer is all the wonderful Fairs and Festivals near me here in the Pacific Northwest. This year once again I am teaming up with two amazing bloggers to bring you all a great big list of summer fairs and festivals in the Pacific Northwest.

Eastern Washington /Idaho Fairs & Festivals

June

July

August

Sept

Central and Eastern Oregon Fairs & Festivals

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

Plus visit Frugal Living NW for the Western Oregon Fairs & Festivals and Thrifty NW Mom for the Puget Sound Festivals and Fairs. Hope you have a ton of fun this summer! Please share any other festivals you love to go to if I missed them. I love all the fairs and festivals near me and I am looking forward to the fun summer that awaits!

Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender! happymoneysaver.com
If you’re like me, you love strawberries! They are like little jewels of summer! This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe will make your family cheer with happiness, and you can feel good because you are giving them something healthy and delicious. With this recipe you will not need an ice cream maker…just your trusty blender. If you’ve never made sorbet before, you’ve gotta give it a try…you won’t be sorry!!

Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

You will need 2 lbs. of fresh strawberries. Give them a good wash and lay them out on paper towels to dry.

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender!  happymoneysaver.com

Next, hull all of the berries. You can either use a paring knife or a strawberry huller.

Slice up 1/2 of the berries into large pieces, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for a few hours until they are like little strawberry ice cubes.

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender!  happymoneysaver.com

Take the rest of the berries and put them in a medium sized pot, along with 3/4 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water.

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender!  happymoneysaver.comThis Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender!  happymoneysaver.com

Simmer this mixture over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. During this time your kitchen is going to smell amazing!!

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender!  happymoneysaver.com

Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool completely.

Next, put the frozen strawberries and the cooled mixture in the blender and blend for 3-4 minutes on high or until creamy.

Pour into a freezer safe container, label it and freeze overnight.

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender!  happymoneysaver.com

Once frozen, set out on the counter for about 10 minutes to thaw before scooping. It will be worth the wait, I promise!

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is so delicious! After you’ve made it once…you may want to double or triple the recipe to stock up your freezer! This is the perfect freezer dessert to go with all my freezer meals. Give it a try, I promise you won’t regret it!

This Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe is healthy, delicious and only uses 3 ingredients! It's so easy that no ice cream machine needed, just a blender!  happymoneysaver.com

Below is a printable recipe card for your convenience! Enjoy!

Easy Freezer Strawberry Sorbet Recipe
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Fresh Strawberries
  • ¾ c. Sugar
  • 2 c. Water
Instructions
  1. Wash the strawberries and lay on paper towels to dry.
  2. Hull all of the strawberries.
  3. Slice up 1 lb. of strawberries in large chunks and place on a baking sheet. Put them in the freezer for a few hours or until frozen.
  4. Place the remaining 1 lb. of strawberries in a med. sauce pan with the sugar and water.
  5. Simmer over med. heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove pan from heat and let cool completely.
  7. Add frozen strawberries and cooled strawberry mixture into a blender and blend on high 3-4 minutes, until creamy.
  8. Pour into a freezer safe container and freeze overnight.
Notes
If you are using super sweet or really ripe strawberries, you may want to reduce the sugar to ½ cup.

–> See all of my freezer meals here. 

5/20 Amazon Deals/ Hand Vac

Happy Wednesday! Today I have found some great deals on a hand vacuum, markers and small fan.  If you find something you like, snag it before it’s gone. These amazon deals can and do change quickly and often the price goes up, so don’t delay! Have a great day!

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hand vac

Black & Decker Dustbuster 14.4-Volt Cordless Cyclonic Hand Vac
Over 50% off on this great hand vac today.  Only $29.99 (was was $72) and it ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

olaf

Pillow Pets OLAF Pillow, 18-Inch
Isn’t this Olaf so cute?  Only $16.14 (was $29.99) and it will ship to you for free in 2 days if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.

crayola

Crayola 64 Ct Washable Markers
I’m not sure why, but the Pip-squeaks markers are so much more fun than the regular sized ones.  They are so adorable!  We love them at our house.  On sale today for $8.75 (was $13.99) plus free Prime shipping.

fan

Honeywell TurboForce Fan, HT-900
This is a great fan to keep around for those times when you need it.  Small, yet powerful, and at a great price today!  Only $12.79 (was $34.55) and there is free Prime shipping for Prime members.

globes

Aqua Globe Mini – 3 Pack – Decorative Hand-blown Glass Small Plant Watering Bulbs
Since I seem to forget to water my plants, maybe this will help me out.  On sale for a set of 3 for just $12.75 (was $19.99) and they ship for free with Prime shipping.

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Best Cheap Tents For Your Buck

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

When we went on our first family camping trip, we spent a ton of time searching for that perfect tent.  If we were going to go out and brave the elements, we needed a tent that was going to protect us from sun, water, bugs and anything out there that we did NOT want IN our tent.  We also wanted something that was easy to assemble.  There is nothing worse than going camping and getting all stressed and upset just by trying to get the tent up!

These tents are not only easy to set up, but the price is right.  There isn’t a tent listed that is not on sale.  These tents that I have found are all great tents, with really good reviews. I have searched Amazon for the best cheap tents for your buck, and I hope it helps you find the perfect one for your needs.

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Coleman Sundome 2-Person Tent

This is a great little tent for just the two of you to go camping.  This is an easy two-pole design, so it’s very easy to set up.  That’s what I love about it. EASY!

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Ledge Sports Tarantula 2 Person Tent

This tent will keep you dry.  There is a great waterproofing system that you will love if it happens to rain.  Oh, let’s hope it doesn’t, but it never hurts to be prepared!

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Person 3 Season Tent (Lotus Blue)

I love this tent.  Easy to put up and let’s be honest, I like the colors of it.  Is that so wrong?  It doesn’t hurt that it is 27% off either.

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Wenzel Ridgeline 3 Person Tent

This tent is easy to assemble and is a solid choice. The reviews are fabulous, and they have nice descriptions of how great the tent is too.  Right now it’s 30% off, so it’s a great deal!

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Coleman 6-Person Instant Tent

This tent can be assembled in about a minute.  Now, that’s my kind of tent!  The tent poles are pre-assembled, so set-up is a breeze.  It’s also quite roomy–you can fit 2 queen airbeds.

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Coleman Evanston 8 Screened Tent

The biggest feature that makes this tent stand out, is that it has a screened in porch.  I know, best invention ever for a tent!  This ensures that the bugs will stay OUT, and that’s exactly what I NEED when I camp. This tent is also very easy to assemble, which again, I love.

 

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Coleman Montana 8-Person Tent

Our family has this tent and we have not been disappointed! There is plenty of room and it is easy to set up.  I love the hinged door and the little porch area.  I think the front part around the door keeps the heat out, because it keeps that part shaded as well.  We love this tent, so I highly recommend it!

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent

This is a great 8 man tent.  There are even room dividers so your family can have privacy to change clothes or sleep.  I love that idea!  Easy and fast assembly gives this tent some great reviews, too!

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Browning Camping Big Horn Family/Hunting Tent

Very large tent with the option of having 2 separate rooms.  There are even 2 separate doors to each room, so you can always ensure privacy.  The straighter walls allow for more room for cots.  This is a large tent, so it can be easily enjoyed with all of your family and friends!

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won't go wrong. There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price, and the best bang for your buck! Happymoneysaver.com

Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Family Tent

This is like a mini-house.  It’s very spacious inside, but then you have the large screened in porch outside so you can sit and relax without the bugs.  There is plenty of room, making this tent a great buy.  On sale right now for 37% off, too!  Yippee!

Buying a new tent is surely an investment, but with these cheap tents, you won’t go wrong.  There are many options out there, but all of these are on sale at a great price!

If you love this post, check out my other camping posts below:

Cool and Unique Camping Equipment the Whole Family Will Love
8 Genius Camping Hacks
10 easy and cheap camping meals
Homemade Non-Toxic Bug Spray

5/18 Amazon Deals/ Venus Razors!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

venus disposables

Gillette Venus Tropical Disposable Women’s Razor 3 Count
Great price for these razors today.  Only $4.10 (was $9.99) when you clip the coupon for $3.00 off and choose subscribe & save.  Also ships for free for  Prime members.

aussie

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner, 8 oz
Great price on this 3-minute miracle boost.  This stuff is great.  Smells fabulous and it works so well.  Only $1.97 (was $4.49) when you clip the $1.00 off coupon.  Ships for free as an Add-on item for Amazon Prime members.

spiderman dvd

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack)
This could be a great gift idea!  Only $9.99 (was $40.99) and it will ship for free in 2 days if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.

hummingbird

First Nature 3055 32-ounce Hummingbird Feeder
I love to have a feeder out for those adorable little hummingbirds.  I just love to see them come and have a little snack outside my window.  Get this feeder for only $8.85 (was $13.99) and it will ship to you for free if you have Amazon Prime.

repel

Repel 100 Insect Repellent, 4 oz. Pump Spray, 1 Bottle
Keep those mosquitoes away with this Repel 100.  On sale for $7.99 (was $11.99) and it ships for free for Amazon Prime members.

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The best recipe for Barbecue Brisket {Using A DIY Smoker}

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

So this recipe for barbecue brisket takes HOURS! But would you believe it is one of the easiest things I have made on the grill lately? It may take hours until it is ready to eat, but most of the work is babysitting the grill. This means, sipping on a strawberry lemonade, reading a good book and soaking up some early summer rays. Oh wait, you’re a mom? Yeah, me too…that is enough time to break up about three sibling quarrels, change two dirty diapers, help with a last minute school project and finish up the cupcakes for the bake sale. Throw in one load of dishes and two loads of laundry and we have a very productive, mom-friendly Brisket!

This recipe for barbecue brisket is cooked on the grill. You can choose to use a smoker box for a deeper, smokey flavor or not. If you want to smoke your brisket check out my post on making your own smoker box to put right on the grill. You can put this diy smoker together in seconds and it only costs about $0.75!

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

Mix all your spices up in a small bowl. This is enough to cover a small to medium brisket around 2-6 lbs. When choosing a brisket, make sure it is one with a thick layer of fat on one side. This will help keep the meat moist and give it more flavor as it cooks.

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

Rub the spices onto your brisket in a thick layer and let sit at room temperature while you get your grill ready.

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

Turn your far left heating element on high, and leave the rest off. Place your diy smoker box over the heating element that is on, and let it heat up until it starts smoking, about 10-15 minutes. Once it is producing smoke, place your brisket on the top rack of your grill to the right. Again refer to this post for detailed instructions. Make sure your brisket it fat side up! This allows the fat juices and flavor the sink down into the meat, instead of just dripping off the bottom.

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

Between 1 and 2 hours your brisket will start to drip juice. Make sure you have an old pan underneath your brisket to catch the drippings. You will want to use the drippings to brush onto the brisket about every 30 minutes until it is finished. I love using my silicone brush for this! It’s easy to clean and you never have to worry about stray brush hairs in your food! The only time you should be opening your grill is to baste. Work quickly as not to lose too much heat or smoke. Smoke for about 1 1/2 hours per pound.

 

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the meat. Once it is above 160 degrees, you can remove your brisket. However it is suggested to let it come to 185 degrees, it may take a while longer, but the brisket will be much more tender. Remove the brisket from the grill and let rest for at least a half hour before slicing.

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

When ready to slice, make sure to use a sharp knife and cut against the grain.

I love happymoneysaver.com for all their tips in saving money, but they have really stepped up their recipe game! This seriously is the best recipe for barbecue brisket and she uses a DIY smoker on the gas grill that she made for 75 cents!

Serve with your favorite sides. No need to be fancy, the brisket speaks for itself! This goes so great with my homemade BBQ sauce!

**Disclaimer: I am by no means a BBQ/smoking expert! This brisket turned out fantastic and our family loved it, however there may be other practices of smoking that work better! Feel free to experiment and research what works best for you. Please share any tips or ideas you may have in the comments below!

Happy Grilling!

The best recipe for Barbecue Brisket {Using A DIY Smoker}
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 5-8 servings
 
This barbecue brisket is easy to make and something the whole family will love!
Ingredients
  • 3-6 lb Brisket, fat intact
  • ¼ C. Paprika
  • 2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 1½ Tbs. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Oregano
  • 1 Tbs. Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tbs. Salt
Instructions
  1. Mix spices together in a bowl and generously rub into the brisket.
  2. Place on the grill over indirect heat with a drip pan directly under the meat.
  3. After about an hour, start to use the drippings to baste the brisket every half hour.
  4. Grill or smoke (if using a smoker box) for 1½ hours per pound of meat, or until internal temperature is between 160 degrees and 185 degrees.

 

5/18 Amazon Deals/ Teva Flip Flops!

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teva

Teva Women’s Original Flip Sandal
Snag up a new pair of Teva flip flops for only $12.99 (was $30) and they have Prime shipping for free for subscribers.  This is 57% off!  Sounds great to me!

cottonelle

Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care Toilet Paper, Double Roll Economy Plus Pack, 32 Count
On sale for only $15.16 (was $22.99) when you choose subscribe & save.  This is a wonderful price for Cottonelle toilet paper!

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Glad OdorShield Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, Gain Original, 100 Count
These bags are only $14.19 (was $19.01) when you clip the $1.00 off coupon and choose subscribe & save. Great price!

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Bestway Raised Premium Plus Air Bed with Built in AC Air Pump (Twin)
These raised airbeds are so great for having company, or I’m hoping to take mine camping with me!  Hey, there is no reason I should be uncomfortable while I camp, right?  On sale for only $35.71 (was $49.99) and it ships for free for Prime members.

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Mr. Potato Head the Amazing Spider-Man Spud Toy
This adorable little guy is just $3.98 (was $12.99) and there is free shipping as an Add-on item for Prime members.

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DIY Thrifty & Easy Homemade BBQ Smoker Plans

 You don't need an expensive smoker to get the classic BBQ taste. You can make your own for about $0.75 to use on your gas grill! happymoneysaver.com

I am going to show you my thrifty homemade bbq smoker plans today. I LOVE my grill! In the summer I think I use it at least four times a week, and the only reason I don’t use it more is so my neighbors don’t think I’m a crazy lady! This summer I have a goal to up my grilling game, and part of my goal is to smoke more meat. However, I have never smoked meat before, so I want to gain a little experience with the process and see if it is for me before I go out and buy a $300 smoker. So if you want to join me this summer and improve your BBQ prowess, join me! These homemade bbq smoker plans are just what we need to get started!

smoker box

Smoking on a gas grill is surprisingly easy! You can buy smoker boxes like this one, which are great! But many of them cost between $15-$25. I would rather make my own for about $0.75!

diy smoker

You will need:

 You don't need an expensive smoker to get the classic BBQ taste. You can make your own for about $0.75 to use on your gas grill!

Let your wood chips soak for at least 2 hours (but overnight is best). This step is important because it allows the chips to smoke, and not just catch on fire and burn up.

Happymoneysaver | You don't need an expensive smoker to get the classic BBQ taste. You can make your own for about $0.75 to use on your gas grill!

Drain your wood chips and cover with aluminum foil. Poke holes in the top to allow the smoke to escape.

Now it’s time to put it on your grill. You want it directly over ONE heating element. Turn this heating element on high and leave the rest off. This should produce enough heat to keep your grill between 225 and 250 degrees, which is optimal smoking temperature for most meats. If this doesn’t really make sense, refer to the picture below.

diagram needed

I realize not everyones grill is set up this way. Some heating element run horizontally, and some may have fewer heating elements. However, the important thing to remember, is the smoker box goes over direct heat, and the meat should be over indirect heat (read: a burner that is turned off)

Turn your grill on and let it heat up the wood chips for about 10 minutes (you want to start seeing a little smoke) before you place your meat on.

Smoke for the recommended amount of time or until desired temperature of your meat is reached, and impress your husband with your awesome grilling/smoking skills. (But really, he will totally be impressed).

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Disposable aluminum foil bread pan: $0.70
Sheet of aluminum foil: $0.05
Skewer, knife or fork to poke holes with: Free

That is only $0.75! Your average smoker box costs about $16.00, using our DIY smoker box you save 95%! I vote that this diy smoker hack is definitely worth it!

 

If you love grilling, check out some of my other recipes below:

Perfect Grilled Pizza {Hawaiian BBQ Chicken}
Garlic Lime CHicken Kabobs
Make Ahead Hamburger Patties

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