Learn how to use your gas grill as a smoker with Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Char-Broil.
Smoking meat, vegetables and other dishes is a great way to lock in flavor, and even add new flavors to your food. If you don’t have a smoker, you’re still in luck. You can use your gas grill as a smoker with these tips from Char-Broil and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Choose Your Meat
If you’re using your gas grill as a smoker, Char-Broil recommends smaller cuts of meat such as fish, chicken breasts, thin-cut pork chops, salmon filet and pork butt. Larger meats like a beef brisket are too big and have a longer time commitment.
Choose Your Wood
Different types of wood pair well with different types of meat. Char-Broil has some suggestions to help you get started:
- Apple, cherry, alder wood and pecan all produce a delicate flavor.
- Oak and hickory are more assertive flavors.
- Mesquite provides a full-bodied, bold flavor more suitable for beef brisket.
- You can also use aromatics such as cinnamon sticks and herbs to give your dishes even more flavor.
Aside from flavor, you’ll also need to pick the wood size you want to use for smoking. You can choose from wood chunks, wood chips or pellets.
Wood Chips – Wood chips are small in size and burn quickly – you’ll most likely need to add more of them throughout the smoking cycle. If you’re doing a short cook, chips can work well. For longer cooks, you’ll want to use wood chunks.
Wood Chunks – Wood chunks burn more slowly than wood chips, so you won’t have to restock the wood. They’re the perfect source for smoke if you’re smoking on your gas grill. There’s a good variety of wood chunks and chips to choose from to help lock in flavor.
Pellets – There are some smokers that can also use pellets. Food-grade pellets are safe for smoking and barbecuing. They produce the most controlled heat, and have a clean burn.
Choose Your Smoking Method
Char-Broil has two ways to turn your gas grill into a smoker: smoker boxes and smoking packets. If you plan on smoking food often, a smoker box is a great investment. They’re easy to use and they’re reusable. If you’re just starting out, you can also make a smoking packet. Use a square of heavy-duty aluminum foil and put a handful of wood chips in the middle. Close the foil around the chips and poke a few holes in the top to let the smoke escape.
Using Your Grill as a Smoker
Once you have your wood and method chosen, you can get your grill ready to cook. To preheat it, turn one side of the grill to high and leave the other side off. Put the wood chips on the hot side. When the wood chips start smoking, turn the burners down low. Then place the meat on the unlit side of the grill. The temperature for smoking should range from 230 – 250°F. Always use a thermometer to test the grill’s heat and the meat’s temperature.
A gas grill is a versatile tool to have for any aspiring grill master. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand. That’s why we carry all the grills and grill tools you need to grill out all year long. For more grilling tips, how-to’s and recipes, visit our Grilling & Patio blog.