Tips for Smoking on a Gas Grill
The key to successfully smoking on a gas grill is indirect heat and temperature control. First and foremost, you need a grill with at least 2 burners and an accurate temperature gauge. While some grills come with an integrated smoker tray (like the Napoleon Prestige PRO 665 and Prestige PRO 825), there are still options if yours doesn't already contain this feature. We suggest purchasing a stainless steel smoker tube, like this one. Not only is it easy to use, but it's also dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Simply fill the smoker tube with soaked or unsoaked wood chips and place over a lit burner. When the pipe stops smoking, it is time to replace the contents. This is an easy and foolproof way to enhance your food with a genuine smoke flavor. Don't have a smoker tube? No worries, you can make your own. Grab some aluminum foil and create a packet. Place the chips inside and securely fold the foil around the chips. Poke a few holes in the top to allow the smoke to escape and you're good to go!
Chips, Chunks or Pellets
Wood chunks are typically preferred for a long smoke. They are denser and last longer. Chunks won't need to be checked on or replaced as frequently. Wood chips are smaller and less dense. They're ideal for short, quick bursts of smoke and typically can last up to one hour. Wood pellets are made from hardwood sawdust and organic matter. They're typically used in electronic smokers as they need to be replaced frequently.
The Great Debate: Soaking Wood Chips
While it was once thought best to soak wood chips before using them, many people now disagree. It was once recommended to soak the wood chips up to an hour before smoking to keep them from igniting too quickly. However, many BBQ experts now say it isn't necessary. Wet wood chips must first burn off the liquid before they start to smoke. This process creates steam, not smoke and leads to longer cooking times. While it does make the wood chips "last longer", it doesn't necessarily have much benefit in terms of enhancing the flavor. Our suggestion: experiment with both options to see what works best for your taste preferences.
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