What? You mean you can smoke on a grill?
You bet your smoker box you can! This guide shows you the basics.
For step-by-step instructions to smoking amazing BBQ ribs on your propane grill, check out this recipe and guide.
It's just a metal box, and a metal lid with some holes in it. Put wood chips inside, heat up the box, it smokes. That's it!
No box? No problem! Make one out of foil.
Here's how to setup the box in your gas grill smoker:
Start with a cold grill.
Scatter soaked chips in the bottom of the box, cover, and place underneath the grate. Place directly on the flavor bars, rocks, or briquettes.
If you have room, add a drippings pan under the grate next to the box.
Preheat the grill to the desired temperature. When you see smoke, add your food on the grate over the pan.
There are tons of smoker boxes available in stores, but you can use whatever you have around the house to make one yourself. Try:
Why? For authentic BBQ flavor, of course!
When you grill food, the drippings fall and hit the hot flavor bars, rocks, or briquettes. This evaporating fat makes a charbroiled burger taste delicious. Mmmmm good!
But you don't want your ribs to taste like a charbroiled burger, do you!? So collect those drippings! Either in an empty pan (save it for gravy), or in a pan filled with water or other flavoring liquid.
Try experimenting with different amounts:
Less wood = tons of smoke for a short time
More wood = less smoke intensity, but over a long time
Even though the wood embers may not be smoking, they can still be very hot. Be careful when adding more wood or cleaning out the box.
The best placement for a smoker box is right on top of your flavor bars / lava rocks / briquettes. You will also probably purchase drip pans.
Make sure you measure before you buy.
Some boxes even have an angled bottom to fit in between the flavor bars (see below).
Bottom line, don't trust it.
When it comes to smoking, holding a steady, accurate temperature is KEY. Even an accurate lid thermometer will always read a little bit higher, since it is located at the hottest part of the grill (the top).Use a thermometer you know and trust when smoking food. If you can, position that thermometer at the same level as the food.
No lid with your box? No problem!
Cover the box in foil and poke a few holes in the top.
For more tips and info on smoke woods, check out the smoke wood section. (link)
Make a foil box first. If you like it, think about upgrading to a stainless steel box. There are many affordable options out there.
Check out our review section to see what other smoker box owners are saying.