All right, you don’t eat the wood chips, but they sure make steak taste good. Over the weekend, Dean grilled some steaks with wood chips for a smoky flavor. We loved them – all of us, including Bump!

Here’s how to add that smoky flavor to any of your grilled goods:

  • Buy wood chips from your grocery store, or wherever you bought your grill – you can also buy a wood chip box to house them on the grill, but if you don’t feel like shelling out for that, you can easily make your own using aluminum foil
  • Soak the chips in cold water for forty-five minutes and drain
  • Create a tray out of aluminum foil and place the presoaked wood chips in the tray
  • Wrap another piece of foil around the top of the tray to tightly enclose the wood chips
  • Using a fork, poke holes in the top and bottom of the tray to let the smoke escape
  • Place your wood chip packet on the grill, away from where you plan to place your steaks (or whatever you’re grilling) and fire it up until the wood chips are smoking, and it’s hot enough to get cooking
  • Try to keep the lid on while grilling to preserve the smoky flavor
  • Eat and enjoy!


As a bonus, the smoke from the wood chips help to keep bugs away while you eat. Not such an issue out here in California, but those of you in humid climates should definitely give it a try. To clean up, let your wood chip packet cool, then dispose of it in the garbage. Easy!

Have you grilled anything with wood chips lately? Share your recipes in the comments below!

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