How to smoke on a gas grill

Smoking on a gas grill

One of the downsides of buying a gas grill is the absence of flavor when grilling due to the absence of a smoker.

However, you really don’t have to buy a charcoal grill to enjoy these perks. In this article, we’ll show you how to smoke on a gas gril. There are two main ways to go about this.

One, if your gas grill is fitted with an in-built smoker box. If yours isn’t equipped with a smoker box, don’t worry. We’ll show you ways on how to create one or modify sections of the gas grill to have a similar set up.

Steps to smoking on a gas grill with a smoker:

Step 1. Soak your wood chips in water

Ensure they’re soaked in water for at least half an hour, or else they won’t give out the amount of smoke you need. They can light on fire if soaked for more than 30 minutes.

Step 2. Pre-heat your gas grill

Once your wood chips are soaked as required, pre-heat your grill to a high for at least 10 minutes or more. Then, using a stainless grill brush, clean your cooking grates to a sparkle.

Step 3. Add the wood chips in the smoker box

Open your smoker box with long-handled tongs. Grab the wood chips and drop them one by one into the smoker box. However, make sure excess water has drained off the chips before using them. For a better experience, spread the wood chips until they cover the bottom of the smoker box.

Next, make sure all wood chips are exposed to the grill’s burner. Keep adding the chips into the smoker box, as provided in the recipe. And once all the chips are in, close the smoker’s box lid. Then close your gas grill, too, and wait for plumes of smoke to pour out from the seams of the grill.

The wood chips inside the smoker box should be left to smoke at a slower pace. So lower the burner’s heat under the smoker’s box to medium heat to achieve this goal.

Step 4. Smoke your food

To smoke your food, place it in the middle of the grill grate and ensure the burners are unlit. And don’t forget to close the grill’s lid after that immediately. Because the temperature inside the smoker box needs to remain constant.

But sometimes, you can adjust the main burners during cooking, especially if you want to cook your food at low temperatures (around 250°F). In that case, turn off the grill burners and let the food cook with only the dedicated heat coming from the smoker box.

By the way, most smoke will accumulate around the smoker box, and smoke is what will give your food flavor. So keep your food closer and around the smoker box at all times.

Are you gutted that your grill lacks a smoker box? Don’t be, because you can improvise with these simple steps.

  • First, gather wood chips and then place them in a pan. (Drain excess water from the chips).
  • Next, cover the pan with a foil and poke holes on it to create escape vents for the smoke.
  • Gently place your foil-covered pan in a back corner on two unlit grill burners. With the cooking grates in place, light up your gas grill and then close the lid.
  • Plumes of smoke will soon appear, and that’s your cue to start cooking your food. Remember to adjust the temperatures consistently.

There you go! You just made a smoker box for your grill.


You’re able to enjoy the pleasure of smoking on a gas grill irrespective of whether you have a smoker box or not.

Smoking on a grill gives food a great flavor that will have your family and friends thoroughly enjoying your meals. Moreover, you don’t have to invest in an expensive gas grill as there are plenty of gas grills under $500.

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