Grilling may have now become the very essence of your cooking. As a foodie, you must have gone on to try everything that every kind of grill offers. And, it is not a hidden fact that smoky flavor is something a foodie craves for. Charcoal may be the best for flavor but there are health hazards associated with them. Also, they are rather difficult to maintain. On the other hand, a gas grill is fairly easier to work with.
As an owner of a shining gas grill, you might be missing the succulent smoky flavor of the gas grill. You do not need to be too much sentimental now as there is a way of bringing smoke to your gas grill. It happens when a few steps are taken. We have listed down those particular steps here:
Selecting the wood you would be using for smoke:
There are different types of woods available and can be coupled with some specific food items for a perfect combination. Some of the woods that are available are hickory, mesquite, oak, cherry, and apple. Cherry and apple go well with vegetables, fish, and chicken while hickory and mesquite are apt for pork and beef.
Preparing your woods:
The wood chunks you have chosen need to undergo a little process before they are thrown into the fire. The steps involved are as follows:
- Get some water in a container and soak your wood chips in it. Allow them to soak for about an hour. This prevents flaring up of wood chips.
- Carve out a tray out of disposable aluminum foil and place your wood chips in it after smoking.
- Create a lid for this container with aluminum foil and plunge small holes in it in order to obtain smoke that escapes slowly while you cook.
Using the woods for smoking:
Once you have prepared your wood chips, stick to the following steps to add smoke to your food:
- Take off the grill grates from your gas grill and place the container you just created out of aluminum with the wood chips in it, over the burners but in one corner of the grill.
- Fire up your gas grill and let it preheat on high flame. Lower down the lid as you allow the grill to work for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- When you open the lid after this time, you should witness smoke coming out from your grill. Only allow this burner to work as you switch off the others.
- Now use the side of the grill that is far from the wood chips to smoke your meat and veggies. Remember not to chuck the food items right above the smoke or you may end up with a too much smoky flavor.
That is pretty much it. You are ready with smoke on your gas grill. Rest assured the flavor resembles that of a charcoal grill.
You should not now be waiting for the right opportunity to make smoke happen. Do it right away!