How to Grill with Wood

Grilling with wood will add flavor to your food. Use this guide to learn some grilling tips.

You will need

  • A wood-burning grill
  • Hickory or oak chunks and chips
  • A wire brush
  • Paper towels
  • Vegetable oil
  • Kindling
  • Charcoal
  • Seasoned hickory or oak
  • Meat
  • Tongs
  • An instant-read thermometer
  • A platter
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Wine (optional)
  • Whisky (optional)

Step 1 Clean and oil Use a wire brush to clean the grates before and after grilling. Wipe the grates with paper towels dipped in a little vegetable oil to prevent the food from sticking.

Step 2 Start the fire Start the fire with a base of kindling or charcoal. Place the logs on top and allow the wood to reduce to a bed of hot embers.

Step 3 Add wood chips for flavor Add hardwood chips that have been soaked in water for 24 hours to achieve a greater amount of smoky flavor.

Step 4 Place food on grill Place the meat on the grill. Don’t overcrowd the grill in case you need to move the food around because of flare-ups.

Step 5 Use tongs Use tongs to pick up your food. Poking meat with a fork will release the juices.

Step 6 Use thermometer Use an instant-read thermometer to get a temperature reading. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat to get an accurate reading.

Step 7 Let meat rest Let meat rest for 10 minutes after grilling, which will allow the juice to flow back through the meat.