How to Grill With Hickory Chips. Grilling with hickory chips can add a new flavor and exciting twist to the usual dishes you make for friends and family. Hickory chips can be used on a charcoal or gas grill by using a variety of grilling techniques to achieve different smoked flavors.
Use a Charcoal Grill
Soak hickory chips in water while you are heating up the charcoal. This helps extend their life while in the grill.
Heat the charcoal either in the grill or in a starter can and place it in the grill when hot.
Spread a few handfuls of hickory chips directly on top of the hot charcoal a few minutes before placing the food on the grill.
Place your food on the grill rack and cook.
Use a Gas Grill
Soak hickory chips in water or another liquid.
Place the soaked chips in a metal pan specifically for your gas grill, or use a disposable rectangle aluminum pan.
Put the pan directly over the heating element under the grates on one side of the grill. Turn the heat on for that side only after replacing the grill grates.
Cook your food by placing it on the opposite side of the grill on the rack so it gets indirect smoke and heat.
Smoke Food Using Hickory Chips
Soak the hickory chips in a 2-quart metal bowl or pan with at least 2 cups of water. Place the metal bowl into your charcoal grill, setting it in the center of the grill.
Pile charcoal coals around the bowl, and then light the charcoal.
Put your food on the grill grates in the center directly above the bowl of hickory chips when the grill gets hot.
Shut the lid and let the food smoke making sure the temperature stays around 190 degrees F. Add more coals and water as needed about every hour.