How To Use Wood Chips On A Gas Grill – Best Tips You Need To Know

How to use wood chips on a gas grill for the additional smoky flavor? It must be a frequently-asked question for most barbecuer who use a gas grill for their backyard party.
So, in this article today, I will walk you through a simple step-by-step guide to smoke your food with a gas grill.
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Wood Chips On A Gas Grill

How to use wood chips on a gas grill

Before starting with the guide, let me explain why we should use wood chips rather than chunks or logs.
For a backyard party with steak, fish, and chicken, the small pieces of wood are the best choice since they ignite quickly. Plus, the wood chips that burn out fast are suitable for a small amount of time that the food requires.

Wood chips are the best choice for barbecue

Now, let’s move to the main points of our article. Here are the four simple steps for the best smoky barbecue.

1. Prepare the wood chips

Do you know that wood chips can bring a different flavor to your barbecue? Most of the barbecuer do not know that. But congratulation, you are now on the other side of knowledge.

You should know that wood chips that come from different kinds of trees can bring your dish a distinct taste. Mix and match the food with the right chips can blow your guest away with excellent flavor.

Take a quick look at our chart below and take your smoke game to the next level!

Wood Name Flavor Uses
Alder Sweet Salmon, Pork, Poultry, Game Birds
Apple Sweet, Fruity Poultry, Beef, Pork, Game Birds, Lamb
Cherry Sweet, Fruity All meats
Grapevine Tart, Fruity Poultry, Game Birds, Lamb, Pork, Sausage
Hickory, Oak Sweet, Strong bacon-flavor Pork, Ribs
Maple Sweet Poultry, Game Birds

Vegetables, Cheese

Mesquite Strong, Earthy Red and dark meats
Peach, Pear Sweet, Fruity Pork, Poultry, Game Birds
Pecan Nutty Beef, Pork, Poultry
Mulberry Sweet, Fruity Poultry, Fish, Pork

After deciding the right wood chips for your smoke game, you can choose to soak them in water or not.
Many people believe that wet wood will give more smoke. However, those who prefer dry smoke claim that soaking wood chips will slower the smoking process.
So, the best idea is to test both two ways and see which one works better for you.

2. Preheat the grill

Before starting smoke, you should turn on your grill for 10-15 minutes on high temperature.
With a gas grill, all you need to do is connect the grill with the propane tank. Then, twist the knob to turn on the grill.

3: Add wood chips

For the best smoky dish, the use of a metal smoker box, smoking bag, or smoker pouch is a must.
Generally, a gas grill comes with a smoker box as an additional item. All you have to do is add wood chips in the smoker box. You should check the recipe to know how many chips you need.

However, don’t worry if yours don’t have a built-in smoker box.
You can make a smoker pouch from aluminum foil in a matter of minutes. Wrap a handful of chips in a two-layer foil pouch. Poke holes in the pouch for smoke to escape. And then you have a handmade foil pouch.

4: Cook your dish

When the chips begin to smoke, it’s time to lower the heat and place your main star on the grill.
Remember that the closer your meat is to the smoker box, the stronger the flavor is. So, you should place the meat in the middle of the grate and close to the smoker box.
Moreover, you should know that controlling the heat is the key to good smoking.

With a gas grill, getting to the target temperature is very easy. You can twist the knob to adjust the heat. But the hardest part is to hanging there and let the smoke do its job.
So, the crucial thing you must remember is that, do not open the lid. Resist the urge to open and check the meat since the smoke will leak out and reduce the heat.

I strongly recommend using the thermometer to keep track of the internal temperature before serving the barbecue. With that tip, you don’t have to open the lid to check whether the food is well-done or not.

Wrap Up

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