• MealPro
  • Blog
  • How to Use a Smoker Grill with Wood Chips

How to Use a Smoker Grill with Wood Chips

Chef Dan Catanio , On July 1, 2023


How To Use a Smoker Grill Overview

Welcome to our step-by-step guide on how to use a smoker to smoke meat. Whether you have a wood pellet smoker or a different type of smoker, this guide will walk you through the process. Get ready to enjoy delicious smoked meat for any occasion!

How To Smoke Meat In Wood Pellet Smoker Video

What Is A Wood Pellet Smoker?

A wood pellet smoker is a type of smoker that utilizes wood pellets as a fuel source to produce smoke and cook food. It operates by automatically feeding wood pellets from a hopper into a heating element, which ignites and generates heat and smoke. The smoker has temperature controls that allow you to set and maintain the desired cooking temperature.Not only do wood smokers utilize wood pellets, but wood smokers can utilize wood chips as well for a fuel source.

Wood Smoker Chips and Pellets

The Wood Chips (Left) and Wood Pellets (Right). Both good fuel sources.

How To Smoke Meat In Wood Pellet Smoker Instructions

  1. Select wood pellets of your choice. There are different types of grilling woods to choose from, or you can do a blend of flavors like cherry, hickory, or apple for a tasty result.

    Choose your pellets

    Use Only Pellets or Small Chips for Smoking.

  2. Load the hopper with wood chips or pellets per your selection.

    Load The Hopper With Wood Or Pelletes

    Load The Hopper With Desired Pellets or Wood Chips

  3. Cook by time or temperature. Smokers like mine have a temperature probe that senses the temperature of the meat. In this case, set the desired temperature on your smoker. For medium to medium-well doneness, aim for an internal temperature of 150-153 degrees Fahrenheit (66-67 degrees Celsius).

  4. Prepare the meat by selecting your preferred cut of meat. Season the meat with your favorite dry rub or favorite meat marinade for added flavor. Allow the seasoning to penetrate the meat for at least 30 minutes or overnight for more intense flavors.

    Seasoned Meatt

    Prepare Seasoned Meat

  5. Place the seasoned meat on the grates of the smoker and insert a meat probe into the thickest part of the meat to monitor the internal temperature accurately.

    Insert Probe Into Meat

    Insert The Probe Into The Thickest Part Of The Meat

  6. Close the lid of the smoker, ensuring it is slightly loose to allow smoke to escape.

  7. Keep an eye on the smoker’s temperature and the internal temperature of the meat using the meat probe to make sure to maintain a consistent temperature inside the smoker by adjusting vents or the control panel, if available.

  8. Once the internal temperature of the meat reaches at least 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit (60-63 degrees Celsius) for medium doneness, it is ready to be taken out of the smoker.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully smoked your meat using a smoker. Remember to allow the meat to rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy this smoked meat with other side dishes such as sautéed green beans or a mixed green salad to elevate the dish and enjoy! Whether it’s the Fourth of July or any other time of the year, this technique is perfect for creating mouthwatering barbecue delights. Enjoy and have a great time with your smoked meat!

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.