Patio and Hearth Shop in Rocky Mount, NC will up your patio or backyard BBQ to the next level by smoking your grilled food. If you want that smoky taste in your next grilled dish, you don’t have to use a charcoal grill— all you need is a smoke box. Here’s how to smoke on your propane gas grill with a smoke-box step by step.

It’s important to know what type of wood to use to smoke your food. To make it easier, here is a list of fire wood, broken down:

Oak- This is an earthy, medium smokey wood for hot and slow gas grilling sessions. It’s usually paired with beef and lamb.

Hickory- Has a sweet and savory taste, similar to bacon. It’s best with pork, beef, and lamb.

Maple- It’s sweet and light, perfect for hot and fast dishes. This is usually paired with beef, lamb, and chicken.

Pecan- nutty and Sweet, it’s great for slow and cool sessions. Try it with pork and beef.

Mesquite- Has a very strong, charred taste that’s perfect for beef and lamb.

Cherry- Like the name, is fruity and sweet. Cook chicken, ham, and salmon hot and slow for pure magic.

Apple- Use this for a light, fruity, and sweet taste that is great for pork and chicken, and white fish.

Once you’ve chosen the wood you want to use, follow these simple steps:

Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. Before placing the wood chips in the grill, drain the excess water. Then place the chips in the smoke box.Close the smoker box and grill lid and wait for it to begin smoking
Once the grill is ready, adjust the grill lid to low-medium heat and set meat over the unlit burners. Then close the lid.

Grilling season is starting, and to really up your game for parties and just cooking great food for the family, smoking your food is the best way to grill.

For all of your gas grill and outdoor furniture needs, Patio and Hearth in Rocky Mount, NC, has the grills and other accessories you need to bring smoke into your life. Contact us today to get your taste buds started on this amazing smoky journey.