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Although it isn't recommended that you actually place your barbecuer inside a tent or under a canopy, you can set it just outside about two feet so you can take care of the cooking food easily while still enjoying the company under the canopy.
There are a number of canopy sizes to consider, but if you are only going to use it for immediate family, a fairly small canopy will work for you. The portable pop-up canopies are easy to put up and take down and you can get "walls" for them to use when the weather is a bit on the cold side. Since the walls can be rolled up or easily removed, you can quickly convert your shelter to enjoy the sun when it comes out.