Be sure to soak wood chips in water for 30 - 60 minutesbefore putting on the grill.
When using gas grills it’s best to put presoaked wood chips in asmoker box or wrap them in a piece of aluminum foil with a lot ofholes in it. This keeps your grill from filling up with ash and cloggingthe jets. If you are using a charcoal grill or smoker then you canjust put the wood directly on the coals (once they’ve heated up).
If you haven’t used wood before, start small. Use a 1/4 cup ofpresoaked chips on your grill and see what is does for you. One ofthe great things about barbecue is the wide variety of experimentationavailable to the backyard cook. Wood is a great tool so don’t beafraid to use it.
You can make a homemade smoker box by using a tin can. Pokesome holes in the can, then open the lid not quite all the way andfill with wood chips that have been soaked in water for an hour.Position the can on the coals before grilling. Wait a little bit untilthe wood starts smoking, and commence with grilling.