How can I use my grill as a smoker?

Your versatile grill can be used as a smoker by changing up your grilling routine just a bit.

Gas Grill

Before you turn the grill on, remove the left and center cooking grates and place a 9x13 disposable aluminum pan filled with wood chips (that you’ve soaked for 30 minutes and drained) directly on the flavor bars or lava rocks in the far left corner.

Place a couple smaller disposable pans with a little water beneath the center grate to catch drippings and keep the meat from drying out.

Replace the cooking grates, close the lid and preheat all burners on high for 15-20 minutes, which gets the chips smoking and smoldering.

Turn off the middle burner and place the meat on that cooking grate. Never place the meat directly over the wood chips, or your food will taste like ashes.

Charcoal Grill

Remove the cooking grate and place an aluminum pan containing water in the center of the grill’s charcoal grate. As with the gas grill, this pan will catch drippings and add moisture.

Place about 25 charcoal briquettes on each side of the pan and light them. When the coals are covered with gray ash, place a little handful of wood chips that have been soaked in water for 30 minutes on each pile of charcoal.

Place the meat over the drip pan and put the lid on quickly. Open the air vents just slightly to keep as much smoke as possible inside the grill.

Smoking takes longer than grilling, of course. Baby back ribs may cook anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours and chicken may require one to two hours. But you’ll quickly find that the wait was definitely worth it.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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