A Fast & Fiery Way to Turn Your Grill into a Smoker

You may have noticed that the popularity of smoked foods is on the rise — in restaurants, on cooking shows and most importantly, at the home dinner table — at least ours. Imparting a rich, savory, um… smoky… flavor to meats, now it's hotter than hot to smoke veggies, fruits and even cocktails!

Don't have a smoker? No worries. It's easy to convert your charcoal or gas grill to a basic smoker. Maybe not as fancy, but it works with a few simple steps:

1. Smoking Chips
First, you'll need woodchips to create the smoke and then you'll need to soak them for 30 minutes. Hickory is traditional, but there are lots of other choices — mesquite, apple, etc. — each adding distinct flavor to your food.

2. Temperature
Fire up the grill, but keep it low. Great smoking results rely on low heats for long periods of time. You want the temperature of your grill to hover around 225°F — maybe lower for some recipes. If you have a barbecue thermometer, use it.

3. Placement
Once coals are hot (or gas grill is preheated), drain woodchips. For charcoal grills, you can simply distribute the chips evenly (and carefully) next to the coals, using tongs. Be sure not to place the woodchips directly atop the coals — they'll burn right up! When ready to smoke, place food over the woodchips. For gas grills, place the chips in a single layer on aluminum foil, fold tightly and poke holes in the packet. Place it on the grill grate over a flame, and your food on the other side of the grate.

4. Now, You're Smokin'!
You can use your smoker to cook meats, potatoes, veggies — even pizza. Follow a recipe or simply remember that for a true smoky flavor, foods are going to take longer to cook. For safety reasons, make sure all meats and poultry reach an internal temperature of 165°F and seafood reaches 145°F before removing from the grill.

Plus! Coshell Smoking Woodchips
Ready to get smokin'? You'll need these 100% all-natural woodchips to add savory smoky flavor to meat, fish, vegetables and more. Use with charcoal or gas grills. Available in Apple, Hickory and Mesquite.