Here are a few tips and tricks for adding a smoky flavor to grilled foods
No Smoker? No Problem! Try These Tips To Add A Smoky Flavor To Your Grilled Food
#1.Soak wood chips in water for 30 to 60 minutes then drain (suggested woods to try: apple, cherry, pecan, hickory, maple, mesquite, oak, alder).
Layer chips around the bottom of a disposable aluminum pan and place on burner or directly on top of coals (underneath the grill grate). Turn heat on high until chips begin to smoke.
tear off a sheet of aluminum foil to make a pouch (by folding sheet in half and sealing sides), fill with wood chips and seal open end closed. Poke holes around the top of the pouch (when laid flat) and place directly on burner or coals.
Heat on high until chips begin to smoke.
More Flavor Tips
Save those shells from nuts! Add a hint of nutty flavor by using shells from pecans, peanuts, walnuts (first soaked in water). Just mix them with the wood chips and proceed as above.
Save the branches from pruning your fruit trees and cut into chunks to use for grilling (only use if they are pesticide free).
Flavored Wood Chips: Try soaking wood chips in beer, wine or fruit juices for another flavor twist.
Cedar Planks: Try cooking chicken, salmon, fish and other cuts of meat directly on a cedar plank, this will add a light smoky flavor to the meat. Soak plank in water for at least one hour before using on the grill.
Smoky herb flavors: Soak fresh herbs in water for about 5 minutes then lay across coals (or on top of the grill, underneath food items). A few herbs you can try: thyme, lavender, rosemary, oregano.
Citrus flavor infusion: Soak lemon or orange rinds in water for several minutes then toss on top of coals (or on top of grill but underneath food). This will add a light fruity flavor to the food.
Let me know what you try and what you like. Enjoy!