How to Grill with Wood Chips
Using a smoker isn’t the only way to get great smoke flavor into your favorite foods. You can easily transform any grill into a smoker by simply using wood chips. Here’s everything you need to know about how to grill with wood chips.

How to Grill with Wood Chips

Choose your wood flavor. The multiple varieties of wood flavors each produce their own unique flavor of smoke. Pick wood flavors that will compliment the food you are grilling. The wood smoking chart below shows that poultry pairs well with fruity woods, while pork and beef are better suited for woods of stronger flavor.   char-broil-wood-flavor-smoking-chart.jpg
Choose the size of your smoking wood. Smoking woods come in different sizes, such as chunks, logs, and simple smokes. But when grilling, we recommend using chips. They are quick to smoke and easy to manage. Chunks are better suited when smoking for a long period of time. char-broil-types-of-wood.jpg
Select your grilling method. Your method of grilling with wood chips will differ based on the type of grill you use. Find the best method for you below.
  • Charcoal Grill: Heat coals with half-time charcoal starter. Pour coals into grill and place smoke packet on top for a quick smoked suited for chicken or fish. For long smokes, try setting up a fuse burn with charcoal and wood chips or chunks.
  • Gas/Electric Grill: Place wood chips in packet or smoker box and place over direct heat. Once the chips are smoking, move to cooler side of grill and add food.
  • Tru-Infrared™ Grill: Place chips directly onto grate.
Here are a few additional tips: How much wood do I need?
    For long smokes, add a packet of chips every 30 minutes to keep the smoky flavor going. About 2-3 handfuls of chips placed on direct heat will smoke for about an hour.
Should I soak my chips?
    It might be tempting to soak your wood chips to prevent them from burning up faster. This will only add time to the process and take away some of the smoke intensity because the wet chips steam before smoking.If you are worried about the chips catching fire, place them in a foil packet.
Don’t lift the grill lid.
    Keep as much smoke as possible sealed in the grill to help flavor your food.
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