Cooking with smoking chips provides a delicious smoke flavor for your favorite foods. Depending on the type of wood you choose to grill with, the flavor can be fruity, bold, nutty or sweet. But not everyone has a charcoal grill or smoker to use smoking chips. That’s why we want to show you how you can use smoking chips on your gas grill.

Using Smoking Chips in a Smoker Box

Some gas grills come with built-in smoker boxes that you can use for smoking chips. Simply add your favorite chips and let them smolder! Others, however, don’t have anywhere to put smoking chips. But you can (pretty inexpensively) purchase smoker boxes at most hardware stores or in the grilling section at some grocery stores.

You can either place the smoker box over the burners. Or if you’re like me and forget about the smoker box until after you’ve already preheated for half an hour and don’t want to move those hot grates, put the smoker box on the grates directly.

Make Your Own: Aluminum Smoker Bag

On the (unfortunately not so rare) occasion that I can’t find my smoker box, I simply use some aluminum foil to create a little packet of smoking chips. Make sure to poke some holes into the aluminum foil to let air (and smoke!) out. I normally just use a fork to do that.

However you use your smoking chips on your gas grill, here are some general tips:

  • Soak your chips in water (or apple juice, beer, apple cider vinegar…) for 20 minutes prior to cooking. It’ll help them smolder.
  • Leave the lid closed! Every time you open it, you lose heat and smoke.
  • Mix different chip flavors for your unique flavor experience. I like to mix Hickory and Apple.