How to Smoke on a Gas BBQ


Gas barbecues are not only used for convenience but they are much more energy efficient than some charcoal grills Most people are not aware that  ‘smoking’ food on a gas barbecue can be achieved , but we assure you this is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook on gas!

Below is all you need to get started and to start smoking real tasty food straight away.


To Smoke your food correctly the  method involves infusing a Smokey flavour whilst cooking,. It adds an appetising delicious  aroma and flavour to your food that you can’t get from any other cooking method, and there is a wide range of flavours depending on the type of food you’re cooking,. and the flavour you require.


To smoke on a gas barbecue is done by combusting flavoured wood inside your grill through a wood chip smoke box they are on our site under grill accessories and other than that you can use tin foil but its not quite as efficient but works.  Using a wood chip smoke box doesn’t only mean your chips are kept tightly in place, but the airflow is maximised, making for an optimum burn and smoke distribution throughout your grill. The wood can be found in the form of wood chunks, wood chips or wood pellets.

Get smoking with our very own wood Chips Smoke Box! 

Our wood chips smoke box are designed to fit neatly below the cooking grates of your BBQ. Using a  wood chips smoke box doesn’t only mean your smoking chips are kept tightly in place, but the airflow is maximised, making for an controlled  burn and smoke distribution throughout your grill.

There are a wide choice of wood chips available 

There are so many flavours available from Whisky flavoured to Apple and from Brandy to Cherry the choice is vast.

However they all produce a mild smoky taste with a sweet finish that work best with beef, fish, pork, poultry, fruit, vegetables

The whisky flavour in smoke chips creates an unrivalled taste that will definitely leave your guests wanting more!


Pre-heat the Barbie

Pre-heat the barbecue to at least 250-260 degrees before adding the smoker box or chips this could take 15-20 mins

We highly recommend soaking the chips in water at least 30 minutes before use to avoid them lighting on fire and producing more fire than smoke. The time you need to soak your chips will differ depending on the recipe you are using, so double check this first.

Pack the smoker box with your chosen wood chips. and use tongs to pick up the chips and allow the excess water to drain off.

Hot smoking 

Hot smoking will be done at temperatures between 95° and 190°C. This technique works best with food that needs smoking for a longer period of time. Such as  portions of meat like joints of beef or whole chickens they will all need to be hot smoked to make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked. As a rule of thumb, we recommend hot smoking anything that will need to be cooked for a bare minimum of  20-minutes.

Cold smoking 

Cold smoking is perfect for more delicate foods such as fish, cheese and anything that could melt easily. Aim for a temperature between 100° and 120°C. please read up on cold smoking first and use the guide to find the correct temperature to cook your food as this does vary so you ensure there is no bacteria left in your cooked food.

Tip of the day!!!  ……….Get a meat thermometer 

Meat thermometers are great for checking your meat is fully cooked through.the last thing you want when everything is ready to serve is to have raw meat!

Investing in a wireless meat thermometer! is a great way to ensure your cooked food is perfect every time and they so easy to use.( they also make a great gift for the person that does not yet have everything!!) these are available on our web site under grill accessories

Do not keep lifiting the BBQ hood!

Please lift the hood of your BBQ as little as possible whilst smoking  this will  to allow the smoke to disperse around the cooking area and do its job.

Ready, Set….. Lets Smoke

The mouth watering flavours and aromas that a wood chips smoke box brings to your barbecue is life changing!.

We love to share our ideas of BBQ cooking and we hope these pointers help you to smoke your food and enjoy your day

We would love you to show us your smoking hot culinary achievements so please put them  on Instagram and Facebook!

and we would love you to share your recipes with us as well.

If that’s not enough to get you fired up about smoking food on your BBQ  Grill, check out the video on how to smoke with Whisky Chips here!

Why not try a smoking hot recipes of ours to get the practice in? Find them here!

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