You Can’t Get The Wood-Smoked Flavor On Gas Grills
That isn’t true. You can add wood chips to the dedicated wood smoker box available in most high-end gas grills. These grills often have a dedicated burner so that you can control the speed of combustion.
If your gas grill doesn’t have a wood smoker box, you can always wrap your soaked wood chips in aluminum foil and place it towards the back of the grill. Be sure to poke some holes on the top of the wrap so that the smoke from the wood chips can escape.
Alternatively, you can buy stainless steel smoker boxes, or disposable smoke trays to get that delicious wood-smoked flavor.
You Can Add Wood Chips Directly to The Grill
The people who know that BBQ wood-smoking is possible with gas grills often assume that the wood chips can be added directly to the flame. This is a bad idea because, depending on where the chips are put, they will burn off very fast or not at all.
Wood chips added directly above the burners turn to smoke very quickly, while the ones added to the grill grates don’t get hot enough to catch fire without burning the food first.
The Flavors Are Not As Good
This is partly true, depending on your definition of “good.” As we have already seen, the difference in flavor profile is only limited to the charcoal flavor.
However, gas grills also have an advantage. These grills can produce flavors more reliably than charcoal grills since their temperature is easy to control. This is one of the reasons why some of the best steak houses use gas grills.
There’s No Difference Between Affordable and Expensive Gas Grills
This is not true even though there is a kernel of truth to it.
Yes, both affordable and expensive grills will do the same job of producing a flame. However, the more costly grills are better because:
- They have better heat distribution
- They have better heat diffusers to produce more smoky flavor
- They are better at retaining heat for low-and-slow cooking
- They have features like smoker boxes to give you the wood-smoked flavor