Originally Posted by PalJoey
Not having a garden or yard, I do envy those who have the requisite open space to smoke and generally barbecue.
I can do ribs indoors (dry rub, several hours in the slow cooker, then slather on the sauce and finish in regular hot oven 'til sticky), but there's no substitute for real smoke.
For an indoor ribs hack, what about tossing some wood chips or sawdust into a roasting pan, over the stove (low flame), then above that a cooling rack with the ribs? All that covered with foil, then placed under the hood vent / fan, in a well ventilated open window house. Then again, this may not work in winter, but give it a month. ;)
After about an hour of that, wrap it up in foil with some apple juice and bbq sauce, and stick it in a low 250F oven for another 4 hours. Uncover, apply more bbq sauce, broil for char, and nom nom nom.
With St. Paddy's Day coming up in a couple of weeks, the corned beef is coming out of the woodwork at supermarkets, whole foods, trader joes, etc. I just chuck the whole thing in the le crueset, cover with beer or water, put in oven, let braise for 3 hours @ 350F, then let rest at 180F indefinitely until serving time. Boil copious amounts of potatoes, carrots, and cabbage, serve with a yummy stout like Iron Fist's Velvet Glove, and thar's a meal. More importantly, you've now got the leftovers basis for bad-ass breakfast hash.