Gas barbecues can be convenient and easy to clean up, but they don't usually offer the same wood-smoked flavour and aroma that a charcoal BBQ can give you. Luckily, you can bring the smoke to the gas BBQ pretty easily, thanks to the folks at America's Test Kitchen. Here's how.
The method is simple: you'll need some aluminium foil, and some wood chips you want to burn for that delicious, smoky smell and flavour infused in your food. Soak about two cups of wood chips in water for 15 minutes, then drain them. Leave another two cups completely dry. Then wrap the soaked chips in one aluminium foil packet and the dry chips in another, making sure the chips don't poke holes in the foil. Cut two evenly spaced five-centimetre slits across the top of each packet, and put both packets of wood chips on your gas BBQ's primary burner.
The combination of wet and dry chips will give you steady, even smoke over the course of your cooking, so you don't have stronger smoke at the beginning of the meal and weaker smoke later. It's simple adds a ton of flavour and aroma to your backyard BBQ.
Super Quick Video Tips: How to Get Wood-Smoked Flavour on a Gas Grill [America's Test Kitchen (YouTube)]