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How to smoke on a gas grill

How to smoke on a gas grill

For smoke flavor, you’re going to have to add wood to your fire using wood chunks, wood chips, or wood pellets. Most grills have some type of “flavorizer” or barrier that sits on top of the burner. Simply place a wood chunk on top of this barrier and it should smolder and smoke away. If it bursts into flames, you can still use pellets or chips.

Pellets and chips can’t be simply placed on top of burner since they need to be deprived of oxygen in order to smoke. To do that there are several accessories you can use.

Why not create smoke with a pellet tube?

While some high end gas grills come with a built in smoker box, for most of us we’ll need another option. Luckily there are some neat toys you can pick up that will help you turn your grill into a smoker. One of the more popular accessories is UBO Pellet Smoker Tube.

Fill the smoker tube with pellets, light one end with a lighter or blowtorch and lay it on the grill grate and it will burn for up to 4 hours. That’s a heck of a lot easier than replacing wood chips every 30 minutes.

These tubes are so good at creating smoke people with dedicated smokers often add then as well to get a little extra smoke. They come in different sizes depending on how long you want to smoke for, but the 12″ is a good option for most uses.

Another popular option if you like to use wood chips is the simple smoker box, a stainless steel box you can fill with wood chips and place directly over the burner. Its heavy duty design means it will probably outlive your grill.

DIY options to create smoke on a gas grill

If you don’t want to shell out any money for a pellet tube, then there are a couple of simple options that are probably already kicking around in your kitchen cupboards.

You can make a pouch out of aluminum foil and fill it with either pellets or wood chips, poke a few holes to allow oxygen to get in and out, and you’re good to go. Likewise, you can try placing wood chips or pellets in a disposable aluminum pan and place it on top of your burner.


Don’t Over Smoke

If this is your first time smoking meat, one word of caution – don’t use too much wood. It may be tempting to use half a bag of wood chips, but trust me there is nothing worse than over smoked meat. You’re better off just using a half cup of wood chips or pellets, or a single small chunk of hardwood your first time around.

After you’ve cooked your meal you can decide if you would like more smoke flavor or not. If you think your meat could have been a little smokier, just remember to use a little more wood next time. I can assure you the food you cook the first time around will still be awesome.