Transform Your BBQ into a Smoker With Devonshire Firewood
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Transform Your BBQ into a Smoker

Transform Your BBQ into a Smoker

Are you ready to elevate your BBQ game? With Devonshire Firewood’s guide, you can easily turn your standard BBQ into a smoker, infusing your meals with rich, smoky flavors. Here’s how to get started, whether you have a gas or charcoal BBQ with a lid and ventilation.

Prepare Your BBQ

  • Heat Settings: Begin by setting your BBQ to a medium to low heat. This is crucial for creating the ‘low and slow’ cooking environment essential for hot smoking.
  • Fuel Choice: Use the purest charcoal or ecological compressed briquettes. The goal is to establish a long, low burning fire for the most succulent, flavor-packed results.

Lighting Your Coals

  • Avoid Chemicals: Steer clear of any chemical-laden BBQ fuel. Opt for natural firelighters or consider an electric firelighter for a cleaner start.
  • Charcoal Chimney Starter: An invaluable tool for lighting coals quickly and efficiently, especially handy for longer cooking sessions.

Add Wood Chips

  • Choosing Your Flavor: Select a wood chip flavor that complements your dish (refer to our Guide to Using Wood Flavor).
  • Smoker Box or Foil Pouch: Place a handful of wood chips in a smoker box or a foil pouch, then douse them with water. This slows down the burning process and promotes longer, mellower smoke production.
  • Placement: Position the box or foil pouch directly on your heat source or above the gas burners.

Smoke Slowly

  • Cooking Process: Close the BBQ lid and cook gently. For added moisture and temperature control, place a heat-proof bowl of water inside your BBQ.
  • Wood Smoke Absorption: Remember, food absorbs smoke flavor best during the first part of cooking. A handful of chips usually suffices for an hour of cooking for items like fish fillets or chicken cuts. For longer cooks, like brisket or pulled pork, you might need to add more chips.
  • Temperature Check and Resting: Use a temperature probe to ensure your food is thoroughly cooked. After cooking, let the food rest for 5 to 10 minutes, allowing flavors to settle and meat fibers to relax.

Now you’re all set to turn your standard BBQ into a haven of smoky flavors with this simple yet effective method. Happy smoking with Devonshire Firewood!

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