How to Use a Smoker Box – (5 Simple Steps)

A smoker box, also known as a smoke can or chip smoker, is a small metal or ceramic box that you fill with wood chips and then place on the grill over your food. The smoke from the wood chips will add flavor to your food.

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There are Several Ways to use a smoker box:

  • Place the smoker box directly on the cooking grate.
  • Place the smoker box in the indirect zone of your grill. The indirect zone is the area of your grill where the heat is not as intense.
  • Place the smoker box in a foil pan. This will help catch any juices that may drip from your food.
  • Place the smoker box in a Weber Chimney Starter. The Weber Chimney Starter is a device that helps you start your charcoal grill.

What Wood Chips should I use?

The type of wood chips you use will add a different flavor to your food. Apple, cherry, and hickory are all good choices for pork. For beef, try using mesquite or oak chips.

Instructions:

When using a smoker box, you will need to soak the wood chips in water for 30 minutes to an hour before use. You can use any type of wood chips, but I recommend using a mild wood like apple or cherry.

If you are using a charcoal grill, you will need to light the charcoal and let it burn until it is ashy white. Then, place the smoker box in the chimney starter and set it on the coals. Once the smoker box is hot, place it over your food.

If you are using a gas grill, you will need to turn the heat to medium-high and place the smoker box over the heat. Once the smoker box is hot, place it over your food.

The amount of time that you will need to smoke your food will depend on the type of food that you are cooking. I recommend smoking food for at least an hour, but no more than four hours.

So, next time you are grilling out, try using a smoker box to add some extra flavor to your food!

FAQS

Will wood chips catch fire in the smoker box?

No, the wood chips will not catch fire in the smoker box. The smoke from the wood chips will add flavor to your food.

Can I use any type of wood chips in the smoker box?

Yes, you can use any type of wood chips in the smoker box. I recommend using a mild wood like apple or cherry.

How long do wood chips take to smoke?

The amount of time that you will need to smoke your food will depend on the type of food that you are cooking. I recommend smoking food for at least an hour, but no more than four hours.

Should you use wet wood chips in a smoker box?

When using a smoker box, you will need to soak the wood chips in water for 30 minutes to an hour before use. You can use any type of wood chips, but I recommend using a mild wood like apple or cherry.

Can I put the smoker box in the oven?

No, the smoker box should not be used in the  oven. The smoker box should only be used on the grill.