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How to Grill With Wood Chips

Updated on July 10, 2011
Grilled BBQ ribs photo: Another Pint Please @flickr
Grilled BBQ ribs photo: Another Pint Please @flickr

Why Use Wood Chips in a Grill?

Using wood chips in your grill is an easy way to add unique flavors to your barbecue. There are many different kinds of wood chips, and each one will produce different taste results. Some common examples are hickory, mesquite, and oak. Experiment with different wood chips to see which are your favorites.

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Where Do I Put Wood Chips in a Grill?

If using a charcoal grill or a smoker, just place the wood chips directly over the charcoals. If you have a gas grill, add the wood chips to a smoker box that connects to the grill. If there are any leftover ashes from previous charcoal or wood chips, remove them before using the grill again. Also use a grill cleaning tool to clean the racks and remove any charred remains.

How to Prepare Wood Chips for the Grill or BBQ

There is a bit of preparation with wood chips before actually putting them in your grill or barbecue. You need to soak them in water first. After they have soaked for about 15 minutes, drain them well. Same thing if you are using wood chunks instead, except soak them for about half an hour. Then let them drip dry, so that they are wet, but not still dripping water. Then add them to the grill.

Prevent Flareups When Grilling With Wood Chips

Keep a bottle of water handy in case of flare ups. Grease dripping from the meat can cause small fires to erupt suddenly. Spray water over the flames immediately. If you don't, the fire will possibly burn the food, but more importantly and more probable is the fact that your food will taste bitter.

What Is the Difference Between Wood Chips and Wood Chunks?

There are both wood chips and wood chunks that can be used for a barbecue grill. They both have their advantages. Wood chips are pretty small, but wood chunks are much larger in comparison.

Use wood chips when you won't be grilling for an extended period. Wood chips will produce a lot of smoke for a short time. Also use them when you want just a slight flavor, nothing overpowering.

Since wood chips don't last, use wood chunks when you will be grilling or smoking meats for a long time. They are perfect for smoking meats that take all day. They produce more smoke than wood chips.

Nowadays, wood chips or chunks are easy to find at most grocery stores, large general retailers, home improvement centers or maybe hardware stores. Look for wood that has seasoned for at least a few months. Woods from hardwood work best for grilling.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great hub explaining how to grill with wood chips.