I am a big fan of a pellet grill but sometimes there is not a lot of smoke flavor in the meat. Reason to do some research on how to add more smoke to a pellet grill.
Although pellet smokers use wood pellets that are responsible for the heat you need and the smoke flavor I found that many people think it lacks on smoke flavor.
I did some pellet grill reviews and at this moment in time, I am pretty impressed with the Z-grills.
There are, in my opinion, two ways to add more smoke in the chamber of a pellet smoker.
Just like I and many others have used on a gas grill you can also use this method on a pellet grill.
The only problem is that you have to place it close to the fire chamber and that sometimes can be a problem.
This is how a wood pouch works.
Take a generous piece of aluminum foil and place some wood chips or the same pellets you use in the hopper in it. Fold it over without making it to snug. You need airflow to keep the wood smoldering so you have to poke some holes in the aluminum foil for this purpose.
If you cannot place it on the firebox of the pellet grill you can start the wood with a propane burner or even on the side. After it starts you can add it to the smoke chamber and you will see more smoke coming out of the chimney.
I strongly advise using heavy-duty aluminum foil. Not just for a wood chip pouch but for everything on the grill. Here you can find my favorite heavy-duty aluminum foil.
I have to be honest and let you know right of the get go that this is my preferred method of adding more smoke to a pellet grill.
A smoke tube is a sheet of metal with holes in it that is bent round or square. You can fill it with the same wood pellets you use in the hopper of the pellet grill.
You can light it with a small propane burner and sometimes even with a piece of newspaper.
The pellet begins to smolder and will add the extra smoke you were looking for.
My favorite brand is the Amazen smoke tubes. They come in several sizes and you can find them here on Amazon.
Besides a smoke tube you can also use a smoker box as many people use on a gas grill to give the meat they grill some smoke flavor.
Here is a picture of a smoker box from the same company.
As you can see there are several ways to add more smoke to a pellet smoker. What method works best for you is something you have to figure out.
The cheapest way to test it is with a wood chip foil pouch of course. Aluminum foil is something most people have in their kitchen drawer.
There are many discussions going on about soaking woodchips and you can read my opinion in this article about should you soak wood chips or not?
If you, however, are planning on using one of the methods more often I suggest having a look at a smoke tube or maybe even a smoke box. You can read my Amazen smoke tube reviews on this page.
Both come in several sizes and will last for a long time.
Warning: Since you add an additional heat source to the pellet grills chamber it might have an effect on the temperature of the pellet grill and slow down the number of pellets it feeds to the firepot.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has run his own full-service restaurant for many years. Before that, he worked as a grill and buffet cook in some of the mainstream restaurants. With his experience using professional kitchen equipment, he is able to write expert reviews. You can read more about Eddie van Aken here.