Can You Smoke Meat On A Gas Grill?

You can still get the flavor and cook of a smoker even if you only have a gas grill on your deck!

To smoke meat on a gas grill, use the different heat zones in your grill. Heat zones are formed by the multiple burners in your grill. An easy way to know how many heat zones you have in your grill is to count the knobs that control the gas flow. This method is call Indirect Cooking. You will also need smoking chips and a high quality external thermometer.

How Can You Smoke Meat On A Gas Grill Shown on a Grill

Simply follow the steps below to smoke on your gas grill!

  1. Determine the Heat Zones on You Grill
    1. Count the number of knobs on your grill that turn on or off your burners.
    2. Use ONLY ONE knob in the “on” position.
    3. Remove the cooking grid directly over the burner that is on.
    4. All the other heat zones (knobs) will remain in the off position.
  2. Prepare Smoking Chips
    1. There are many varieties of wood chips you can use to add flavor to the smoke in your grill!
    2. You will want to soak the chips before using.
    3. Wrap them in aluminum foil and poke holes in the top.
    4. Place the foil packet of chips in the heat zone that is ON.
    5. There is heat dispersal covering your burner; this is usually a stainless steel heat plate, lava rocks or briquettes.
    6. Place the packet of smoking chips ON TOP of your heat dispersal.
    7. Keep an eye on the packet. If all the chips inside burn up, replace the packet with a new one.
    8. Check out this video I made showing the prep of wood chips: See Video
  3. Prepare the Meat (or other protein)
    1. Salt and season the protein.
    2. There are many seasoning rub mixtures you can purchase.
    3. You can easily find a recipe to make your own seasoning rub!
  4. Use Thermometer to Hone Grill Temperature
    1. It’s best not to trust the grill thermometer when you want to smoke meat on a gas grill.
    2. The probe of the thermometer should be in the airspace of your grill and not touching anything.
    3. Adjust the burner that is on to get your grill to the smoking zone, usually around 180- 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Smoke Meat!
    1. Place the cut of meat on the grids that are not above the “on” burner.
    2. Follow usual smoking instructions depending on your cut of meat or protein.
    3. Enjoy your dinner!
    4. If you’re a smoked meats connoisseur, check out these meat forks. They will change your life!

That’s all! If you’re wondering ‘can you smoke meat on a gas grill,’ hopefully now you know you can! It’s not even that difficult.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or share your favorite recipe!
-Grill Girl

Top 5 Grilling Gadgets for 2015

Grilling is not only a great way to cook your lunch and dinners, it’s also one of our country’s favorite ways to enjoy the summer months with friends.

I put together a list of my favorite newly added accessories to our website for this season. I like to call them gadgets because it makes me feel cooler. These items will make grilling even more fun and easier than ever!

LED Grill Light

A Grill Light!! It’s battery operated and comes with a base to clamp onto your grill. This means the uses for this light are extremely diverse. It has a flexible neck so you can bend it to shine a light in any direction. This is perfect for the grilling enthusiast, but also for anyone who loves to camp! Don’t keep yourself in the dark! Your food deserves better!

Meat Claws 

Have you seen these? They are basically over-sized, really sharp forks.  These are made of stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about the rusting or getting gross after just a few uses. If you like to smoke meat, these are an absolute must for shredding that delicious pork, brisket or chicken once you’ve smoked it to perfection. We have a pair of these at home and I promise serving a smoked pork butt in our home is ten times easier now than it used to be.

Grill Griddle

This one will be a harder sell – but I promise, you will end up using it much more than you think you will! My favorite version of this is the double-sided cast iron griddle.  One side is a smooth cooking surface while the other has ridges if you want some sear marks. It probably won’t take up your entire grilling surface area when you place it in the grill. It allows you to get the flavor of the smoke on delicate things like fish and veggies or even buns while using the rest of your grilling area for your burgers, steak or chicken. I actually made pancakes on a grill using this! We also have a stainless version available if you prefer that!

Grill Wing Rack

If you’ve ever grilled wings on a gas or charcoal grill, I’m sure you know the frustration of that fatty chicken skin getting stuck to your grilling surface. Is there anything more frustrating?! That skin is supposed to get crispy and flavorful and just when you’ve achieved that, you flip the wing and the skin stays right there, stuck to the grid. I HATE that! As you can tell, this hits a nerve with me, but there is an easier way! Chicken wings should not be naked, people. Keep the skin on right? Try out this wing rack and let me know what you think!

Shish-Kebab Grilling Set

Finally, don’t you love shish-kebabs? It’s such a fun way to bring diversity into your grilling repertoire. Get those veggies and meat all grilled at the same time, flavoring each other as they cook. Yum! Here’s the annoying thing – they get stuck to the grilling surface too, or when you flip them, they flip back. If that wasn’t annoying enough, the metal skewer gets too hot to touch. How about this little folding metal set? It comes with 6 skewers, and holds them above your cooking grid so they can cook without getting stuck. The skewers sit in grooves so you can flip them and they stay put! When you’re done grilling, just fold the set up and put it away. It’s made of stainless steel and will be another piece that will last long into your grilling career.

So what is your favorite pick on this list? Do you have any of these items currently? I’d love to hear your feedback.

As always, Happy Grilling from the Grill Girl!

Turkey Day!!

Anyone out there planning to grill up some turkey day on Thursday?

I looked around at some recipes and it seems to me that you cook a turkey on the grill pretty much the same way you cook a turkey in the oven. The only difference is that you’ll get some really amazing flavor from using the grill.

Here are the basic tips for turkey grilling:

1) Use a medium-high heat setting on your grill. The heat definitely needs to be indirect so MAKE SURE the heat tents or briquettes that cover your burners are in good shape!!

2) Place an aluminum pan on top of the briquettes or heat tents in your grill and directly under your bird. This pan will catch the juices and evaporate them back for more deliciousness.

3) Season the bird with salt, pepper and oil, or anything else you normally use and tie the legs as normal. (Cook your stuffing in the house)

4) Place the bird in the grill breast side up.

5) Grill for 11 to 13 minutes per pound (instant read thermometer should say 180 degrees F and the juices will run clear).

6) Let it stand for 15 minutes before you carve it and serve it to all those amazed faces.

Yup, you’re the bomb!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all.

-GG

This turkey was smoked on a Big Green Egg at my very own house.
(and it was fantastic)