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Can I use wood chips in a gas grill?

Can I use wood chips in a gas grill?

You can, but you do not want to just throw wood chips in, as they can burn up and produce ashes, which will not be good for your grilling experience. Or depending on the measurements of your gas grill, the chips may never come in contact with flame at all.

What you can do, however, is purchase a smoker box to keep the wood contained. When using a smoker box, fill it about half full with the wood chips of your choice. Dampen the wood chips before putting them in the smoke box. This will make them last longer and will also help you avoid large bursts of smoke.

NOTE: Gas grills are often used for their efficient cooking capabilities, and it takes time for meats to absorb the smoke flavor. If you plan on using wood chips to derive the smoky flavor, be sure to cook your meat on a lower temperature for at least 30 minutes.

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