How to grill with wood chunks on a propane grill

How to grill with wood chunks on a propane grill

Grilling with wood chunks on a propane grill can infuse your food with a delicious smoky flavor, similar to cooking with a traditional charcoal or wood-burning grill. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you use wood chunks for smoking on a propane grill by Papa Ken at Maine Grilling Products.


Materials You'll Need:

  1. Propane grill
  2. Wood chunks (not chips)
  3. Aluminum foil
  4. Water
  5. Tongs
  6. Meat or vegetables to grill

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Select the Right Wood Chunks:

  2. Soak the Wood Chunks (Optional):

    • Some people like to soak wood chunks in water for about 30 minutes to an hour before grilling. Soaking can help prolong the smoking process by preventing the wood from burning too quickly. However, it's not mandatory, and opinions on soaking vary.
  3. Prepare the Grill:

    • Preheat your propane grill to the desired cooking temperature. You'll be using the grill's indirect heat to create smoke rather than direct heat.
  4. Create a Smoke Packet:

    • Tear off a large sheet of aluminum foil, enough to hold the wood chunks. Place the wood chunks on the foil and wrap them up to create a packet. Leave one side open to allow the smoke to escape.
  5. Place the Smoke Packet on the Grill:

    • Position the smoke packet directly above one of the burners on your propane grill. Make sure the burner underneath the packet is turned on to a low heat setting.
  6. Preheat the Grill Grates:

    • Allow the grill to preheat with the smoke packet on the grill grates. This will start generating smoke from the wood chunks.
  7. Grill Your Food Indirectly:

    • Once you see smoke coming from the packet, place your food on the grill grates on the opposite side, away from the direct heat source. This creates an indirect cooking zone where your food will be smoked but not directly exposed to the flames.
  8. Control the Temperature:

    • Monitor the temperature of your grill to maintain the desired cooking temperature. Adjust the heat settings as needed to maintain a consistent temperature.
  9. Rotate and Flip Your Food:

    • Depending on what you're grilling, you may need to rotate or flip your food occasionally for even cooking and smoke exposure.
  10. Finish Cooking:

    • Continue grilling until your food reaches the desired level of doneness. The wood chunks will continue to smoke throughout the cooking process, infusing your food with smoky flavor.
  11. Serve and Enjoy:

    • Once your food is cooked to perfection, remove it from the grill, and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. You are now a pro!  Papa Ken

Grilling with wood chunks on a propane grill can be a bit different from using a dedicated smoker, but it's an effective way to add smoky flavor to your grilled dishes. Experiment with different types of wood to discover the unique flavors they impart to your food.

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