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How to Grill with Wood

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Wood chips can also be soaked in lemon juice, wine, or whisky.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Every year, around 30 people in the U.S. are injured from gas grill fires and explosions.

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)

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