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Working with Wood Chips

Adding wood chips to your grill imparts a deep, smoky flavor to your food as it cooks. In the test kitchen, we use wood in two different forms: chips and chunks.

What We Learned

Adding wood chips to your grill imparts a deep, smoky flavor to your food as it cooks. In the test kitchen, we use wood in two different forms: chips and chunks. In either case, the wood needs to soak in water before being added to the grill in order to maintain a slow smolder rather than a quick burn, which can impart an acrid taste to your meat.

Wood chunks need to soak for at le...