While we were enjoying the amazing smoky chicken cooked by my sweetest daughter Jessica, she leave the table having a mysterious smile on her cutest face. I look at my sweet wife if she knew anything….
But, within seconds Jessica come back holding a big box on her shoulder and claims that she’s gonna showing us the best smoker box for gas grill which helped her cook this smoky chicken without burning her hands.
Charcoal Companion Stainless Steel Smoker Box @ a glance
- Made of stainless steel.
- Designed to meet outdoor or indoor use.
- Contains hinged lids.
- Easily to clean.
Behind the best smoker box for gas grill
As a part of our weekly hangout program, we were watching Jurassic Park together last weekend. We usually take rich foods while watching Movies. But that day, I wished for some smoky dinosaur wings…. Sorry, sorry…. Smoky chicken wings.
I know where to get those smoky wings, but my daughter Jessica stopped me from going out saying that she can bring smoky flavor to chicken wings. But, hearing about smokey chicken, my wife became very angry.
I don’t know why she has become so angry when Jessica wanted to cook it herself! (maybe here’s the difference between mom and dad). I even couldn’t guess this. But, Listening to what Jessica says, her mom replied – Yes, you will cook smoky chicken and will burn your two hands.
OMG! I and my daughter got a little worried after hearing this.
But, my daughter wasn’t such a person to celebrate climb-down so easily. She came to me after her mom fall asleep and we both sat down in front of our laptop for the purpose of finding a way to cook smoky chicken without burning hands.
As she already knew some famous chef’s personal blogs and YouTube channel, so it didn’t take much time to get the solution for our smoky problem and it was that stainless steel V-shape smoker box designed for gas grill.
Although earlier we purchased a manual meat grinder from a nearby local market with Jennifer, but this time without telling her anything, we ordered the smoker box directly on Amazon.
After ordering the smoker box, my daughter told me-
Dad, you will not tell mom anything about this smoker box!
We will give her a big surprise by getting the smoker box in hand!
Oh, that’s a great idea…. I agreed with my princes Jessica.
The next week, my daughter and I spent time with a lot of excitement and so much waiting. Often it just seemed like when we will get our smoker box.
Finally, after a long week of waiting, our desired day arrived. We’ve received the smoker box on Friday and Jessica didn’t forget to hide it from her mom.
So, the next afternoon, we are again sitting together to enjoy our family time. But, this time Just me and my evergreen wife Jennifer. Jessica isn’t with us as because she is making a smoky chicken for us in the kitchen without telling anything to her mom. Jennifer also didn’t notice this, because she is very busy in making love with me.
In such a romantic environment when Jennifer just started singing my favorite song, I suddenly heard someone is pressing our calling bell. I wondered who can be at this time.
Anyway, I opened the door and I was surprised to see that a service boy from Grubhub just standing in front of the door. I noticed that he is holding a food parcel by his both hands.
I asked the service boy, what is in the parcel?
He replied to me that it is a smoky grilled chicken.
Jessica didn’t tell us anything about it. I look at Jennifer and she looks at me. Both were very surprised to see Grubhub’s box…..
So, can you guess who placed the order?
Approximate Half an hour later, Jessica called us to the dinner table. We both sat in the dining table and was waiting for our daughter. Jessica then put two big dishes on the table!!
Both the dishes were full with smoky chicken. As I guess, one from Grubhub and the other one is cooked by our Jessica. She said after her yummy showcasing that we’ve to review on these two smoky chickens.
But before eating, Jennifer asked her to show her hands. Thanks God! Both of her hands are okay.
Finally, we started eating. Jessica looks so excited. We were finishing almost half of the first dish. It was so delicious. My wife claims that it’s from Grubhub. I remained silent and looked at the second dish.
My wife also followed me and tested the softest portion from the chest. She took another loaf from the wing and babbled that not as tasty as the first dish. In the meantime, Jessica already lose her patience and asked us to leave our review.
The first dish got 9 out of 10 and the second dish got 7.5. We were happy that the smoky chicken cooked by our daughter was not that bad. But watching the score, Jessica shouted with happiness and showed her proof that the first dish is cooked by her and the second one is from Grubhub.
I couldn’t believe. But, there was no way but to believe Jessica after watching her unboxing video. Really the performance of a smoker box is surprising to let you cook smoky chicken in your home kitchen.
What is smoker box:
Smoke box is a box which produce and release smoke from inside of its. It is a generally a metal or steel container or box. Usually, some pieces of soaked wood or charcoal is provided into the smoke box. And when this box is placed near the fire, the smoke comes out from the box. It is usually used in the gas grill to give a smoky flavor to various recipes. 🙂
Types of smoke box:
Although there is no much varieties in conventional smoker box but now a days many varieties types of smoker box can be found in any super shop. Such as:
- Bullet charcoal smokers.
- Barrel and drum charcoal smokers.
- Offset side firebox charcoal smokers.
- Cabinet style smokers
- Propane gas smokers.
- Manado, egg ceramic smoker.
- Pellet smokers.
- Wood smoker/Charcoal smoker (V-shaped stainless-steel smoker box is a wood or charcoal smoker)
- Electric smokers.
- Box smokers.
Why to use a smoker box
Many people think that gas grill is the most convenient way to make a grill but unfortunately giving up great smoky flavor for convenience. So, to reduce this type of inconvenience and to make a grill, The Charcoal Companion Stainless Steel Smoker Box contains a v shape bottom so that it can easily place between the flame deflector bars of gas grills. The position of smoker box right beneath the food, just to allow a great intense smoke flavor.
This V-shaped smoker box contains a reusable hinged bottom. Just add some soaked wood chips of your favorite flavor into the smoker box and place the smoker box just beneath your meal.
How to smoke on your gas grill
If you are a new user and don’t know how to operate your smoker box, then follow carefully step by step.
At first soak all the wood chips (for exact measurement see the recipe) into normal cool water for about thirty minutes. If you do not properly soak it into water, while cooking it may light to fire and will give you more flames than your cooking fire.
Clean all the grills bar well by a stainless steel. If you feel require, you can use any soap or detergent water to rub the bar. After washing the bars with water, wipe them by a kitchen towel. Let them dry. Then brush oil onto your grill bar by a Smooth brush.
Start by preheat the grill for about 10 to 15 minutes at a high temperature. Once it is preheated. It is now ready for your next step.
In this step, you have to add your soaked wood chips at your smoke box. Open the lid of your smoke box then grab some soaked chips with a long tong so that excess water can drained out from your wood chips. Then put these chips into your smoke box. Spread the wood chips into your smoke box. Close the lid.
Wait a few minutes so that flavored smoke may poured out from the smoke box then lower the heat to the dedicated burner just beneath the smoke box.
It is the final step to give a flavored smoke to your food. Place the food in the middle of the grilling grates so that it can face the heat eventually. When you will smoke your food, just turn off all the main burners, and use only dedicated burner beneath the food and beneath the smoke box. Always keep in mind that the closure you will place your smoke box to your food the more your food will absorb smoke.
Pros and cons of the smoker box:
There are two types of people among us. One type of them simply never feel good without smoky flavored foods, and another type of them never can know what actually are missing by them.
Anyway, pros, and cons of V-shaped smoke box are given below.
- They are constructed basically for grills in Between deflectors. That is, for their v shape they can easily use in a gas grill by adjusting into the grill bar.
- Large, so may contain large amount of chips if required.
- As made of stainless steel, so can clean easily.
- Ashes residues never fall out of the container to anywhere.
- User choice.
- Made of very thin metals.
- In an extra heat, it may break into small pieces.
- Easily may turn into black color.
- Have to clean frequently.
- May become rust very fast.
Feature of v- shaped smoke box:
Many people think that gas grill is the most convenient way to make a yummy grill item but unfortunately they give up a great smoky flavor for their convenience. So, to reduce this type of inconvenience to make a grill, The Charcoal Companion Smoker Box contains a v shape bottom so that it can easily place between the flame deflector bars of gas grills.
The position of a smoke box right beneath the food, just allow a great intense smoke flavored.
Follow the following criteria of this smoker box very carefully-
- The size of this metal container is large i.e.13 and 3/4.”
- For its v-shaped, it can easily fit between the flame deflector bars of the gas grill.
- As it is made from stainless steel So, it Can be used for a longer time. Do not break easily and do not hold the rust easily.
- For its hinged lid, ashes do not come out of the box. It remains in the box, and Just help to keep clean the surrounding area.
- Wood chips are easy to put inside this container.
- It is a portable container, so that you can easily use it anywhere; indoor or outdoor of your house.
Things to consider before purchasing a smoke box
1.How many people, you will cook for?
– Before purchasing a smoke box, you have to must think at first for how many people you are going to cook your meals. Do you want to cook for four of you or do you have more family’s members?
Besides, you need to think more about whether you bring smoky flavor to a beef shoulder? Or should a pig give a smoky flavor? Depending on various issues you have to purchase a smoke box.
2.Type of fuel:
It is also a matter of concern before purchasing a smoke box from the market. Basically, it is the hardest decision to choose any fuel for smoker box.🙂
Example of Some fuels are-
Charcoal smokers mainly use a combination of charcoal and wood chips. Though many people are using this type of smokers happily, but they also have some difficulties. It needs a long time to place the charcoal into the smoker box, also difficult to lighting it and finally cleaning it.
Actually, placing of charcoal as a fuel into your smoker box, is a matter of regular practice. But if you think you have plenty of time to deal with the charcoal smoker, you can buy it without any hesitation.
Electric smokers work through a careful programming of sensor and heat, So, they require more energy and more attention to work. Basically, they are highly expensive. Also, they release smoke at a less amount than any other fuel.
Propane smokers are best among any other smokers in market. They are user-friendly too. They are faster than charcoal smoker and release a huge number of authentic flavors than any electric smokers. So this type of smokers is a very good choice for all beginners.
Nowadays, rapidly growing of this type of users. Pellet smokers usually use electricity or gas to burn all wood pellets.
3.Charcoal smoker or electric smoker box:
If you are already using smoker box then certainly you should know in details of both types of smoker box. You may have to change the smoker which you are already using into your kitchen, or you may have to stick on your current one. Whatever, before taking any further decision, you should know the following facts.
Why charcoal smoker:
- Particular flavors can achieve by incorporating specific type of wood chips.
- It perceived for top quality smoking.
- It is less expensive than any conventional smokers.
- It produces through a Straight cut procedure.
- Can easily feel the smoker box.
- Good for newbie.
- It has a constant cooking time of 30 to 40 Minutes. After then, it starts to drop at a faster speed.
- It needs a continuous monitoring, so not good for busy people.
- It is a traditional and very old model which is using today. It seems very backdated comparison with the latest electric smokers.
- It is difficult to confirm either your cooked meat is free of dust or not.
- Suitable only for outdoor use, indoor use never makes.
Why electric smoker box:
- Only an electric smoker can give you a faster and practical process.
- Unlike charcoal smokers, it performs by automated heat controlling.
- Since all the processes are preset here, everything will run according to the process, you do not need to continuously sit here.
- Both the newbie or the experts easily can use it.
- The cleaning process is straightforward.
- It is highly (expensive) than any other smoker box available in the supermarket.
- A sudden power cut may cause damage to the electric machine.
- Without electricity, it is valueless. You cannot start the starts this smoker without any power supply.
- Indoor use only, can’t use outdoor.
- Need an extra electricity bill for this type of smokers.
- Release less smoke than the charcoal smokers.
- Taste of smoky flavored through electric smokers is found less from a charcoal smoker.
Today’s market is now full of various smoker box. So, you will not be able to buy all smoke box at a time. Some smoke box may offer a huge costing where any another may contain only a few dollars!!
whether you will buy a low-price smoker or high price, it is totally your personal choice. Several thousands of dollars may need from you to buy a charcoal or gas smoker. But if you want to buy a smoker with extra in-built offers than you have to count approximately 700 to 1000 dollars from your money bag.
The more expensive smoker will sustain more and obviously it will give you a good service. But as it relates to your financial issue so think carefully buying any expensive smoker box.
5.Ease of use:
There are various types of smoker box are available in the market. Among them all are not easier to use. However, actually it will depend on up to you which smoker box is seem user-friendly to you.
If you want to make a manual control over the temperature and if you like to keep your eyes continuously on your grill than charcoal or wood chips burning smoke box will be your best choice.
If you want to get a set and forget facilities, just before starting to cook, set the temperature and go for a walk. After one or two hours when come back home, look your grilled smoky food is absolutely ready.
6.Portable or fixed?
Do you like to travel? Or do you like to make a regular campfire like me! You need a portable smoker box so that you can easily carry it for your vacation or for your camping. A portable smoker box into your backpack can serve you the best favored smoky meal even in your camp cooking as well.
But be sure that you really need a portable smoke box for your limited time of camping? Maybe, you bought portable smoker box with a lot of money, but you might not have to travel that much. Rather than you can buy fixed smoker box to sit with your gas grill.
7.Who will service it?
Another consideration before buying your smoke box may contain several metal parts and several programing etc. Sometimes some smoker box may contain a dozen of metal parts.
So, when you will require to solve any technical related issues you have to think twice is there any available technician who can help you at your needy time.
Some tips for buying a smoke box
Try to follow some tips, it will be useful for you.
- Check the size of the smoke box and be sure that it can adjust within your grill bar.
- Before purchasing any smoker box please be sure that it has a stainless-steel coating both on its inside and outside. If you don’t want to buy a stainlessness steel coated smoker box, then be ready for using a rusted dirty smoke box.
- Never miss seeing the lid design of your smoker box. It is very crucial because your smoker box should have some specific lid design to fit between the grills bar.
4.Finally, check all the metal parts and the manuals of this machine just before buying it.
Five best Smokey recipes:
1.Recipe of Smokey grill chicken in the gas stove:
Poultry 1 PCs (weighing one and a half kg), Ginger paste: 1 teaspoon, Garlic paste:2 teaspoons, Kebab Masala: 1 teaspoon, Tandoori spice: 1 teaspoon, 2 tablespoons of soybean oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt is as your taste, Barbecue spice 1 table Spoon, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of talk yogurt, Ghee or butter: 1 tea spoon, Red chili powder as your choice.
First, the chicken must be cut into four parts, and thoroughly washed and drained in the chicken pieces. To penetrate the spice well, small cages should be cut into the meat. Then the pieces of chicken should be well marinated with ginger, garlic, kebab Masala, tandoori Masala, lemon juice, salt, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, tuck curd, red chili powder, etc. Chicken slices should be mashed in such a way that the spices can be infused everywhere.
When the seasoning is done, add 1 cup of soybean oil to it. Marinate should be well covered for 2 hours. After 2 hours in your gas grill, start to cook the chicken at a medium heat. Grill the chicken very carefully cause, if one side of the chicken is roasted, the other side should be well soaked.
At the end of the grilling, incorporate a smoke box (containing Apple wood chips) into your grill. Wait another 5 or 10 minutes for your Smokey chicken be ready.
2.Beef slice kebab:
Ground beef: 500 gram, ginger paste: 1 teaspoon, garlic paste: 1 teaspoon, raw pepper: 2 pieces , coriander powder: 1/4 teaspoon, cumin powder: 1/4 teaspoon, hot spice powder: 1/4 teaspoon, nutmeg powder: 1/2 teaspoon, Jyotri powder: 1/2 teaspoon, rose water: 3 tablespoons, onion paste: 2 tablespoons, oil: 3 cups
Mix all the ingredients together for two hours. Make a good oil brush on the grill, and gently cook the meat. At the end of the cooking, place your smoker box (containing almond wood chips) on the grill bar. Cook it for ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Then serve hot beef slices kebab.
2.Arabian Smokey Fish Steak:
Tuna fish: 1 (large size), Fish sauce: 1 teaspoon, onion paste: 1 teaspoon, garlic paste: 1/4 teaspoon, ginger paste: 1/4 teaspoon, kebab spices: 1 teaspoon, raw pepper paste: 1 teaspoon, mint leaf paste: 1 teaspoon, Salt: to your taste, egg yolk: 1 piece, oil: 2 cups.
At first clean the fish very well then mix all other ingredients with the inside and outside of fish. Marionette the fish for half and hour. Then start to bake it in a pre smoked gas grill. Cooking time should be not more than 15 minutes, and the heat should be very medium. Once fish steak is ready finally once again meet the smoker box (containing ash wood chips) into your grill boxes just beneath the baked fish.
- Smokey Capsicum:
2 cups of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of nut paste, salt: as your taste, white pepper powder: 1/4 teaspoon, capsicum :2 or 3 pieces.
Mix all the ingredients to the capsicum very well. Then bake all the capsicums in a gas grill at a low heat. Keep the smoker box (containing maple wood chips) beneath the capsicum. After 10 minutes stop heating.
- Smokey potato fry:
Potatoes :1 kg, salt pepper powder or paprika powder (1 tablespoon, can give more if desired) salt, testing salt (according to taste), chicken flavored powder (according to your taste) Garlic powder 1 tablespoon. Chicken stock: 1 liter.
Design the potatoes, cut them and wash them well. Then soak it with water for half an hour. This step is very important. In it, excess starch of potatoes is washed away. I have noticed that the chips do not become too thick if you do not do this step. Allow the chicken stock to boil in the pan. When the chicken stock rises, boil it with boiling potatoes.
Do not cook too much the potatoes. Just semi-cook it. Drizzle water over this semi-boiled potato by a towel. Combine chicken flavored powder, paprika powder, tasting salt and garlic powder together with salt.
Mix these potatoes well and allow them to dry in the sun. After five minutes, bake these potatoes with a light oil. While baking, place the smoker box (containing oak wood chips) on the grill.
Did you notice that
wood chips are the main ingredients of any wood smoker. As we here talking about a V-shaped smoker box so we know very well, a v-shaped smoker box is a wood or charcoal type smoker box.
Various types of wood chips can be used in this smoker box. Such as: ACACIA, ALDER, ALMOND, APPLE, ASH, BIRCH, CHERRY, COTTONWOOD, CRABAPPLE, GRAPEVINES. HICKORY, LILAC, MAPLE, MESQUITE, MULBERRY, OAK, ORANGE, LEMON & GRAPEFRUIT, PEAR, PECAN, SWEET FRUIT WOODS – APRICOT, PLUM, PEACH, NECTARINE, WALNUT etc.
You may ask a question now; any wood chips can be used to incorporate smoky flavor?
Well, then for your kind consideration I am giving you some examples of poisonous wood chips which are very unsuitable for smoking food.
Some of them are– PINE, FIR, SPRUCE, REDWOOD, CEDAR, CYPRESS, ELM, EUCALYPTUS, SASSAFRAS, SYCAMORE and LIQUID AMBER wood etc. So, be careful before choosing your wood chips and maybe you’ll get to know about the best wood chips to smoke chicken wings.
Frequently Asked Question:
1.Does the smoker box really work?
-No doubt, a smoke box is just amazing to bring a smoky flavor to your grill item. You have to Just choose the correct smoker box so that you can get your desired function.
- Can I put charcoal instead of any wood chips in my smoke box?
-Basically, we suggest making a combination of both your charcoal and wood chips. Charcoal can create more flames than your cooking fire.
- Can I place my smoker box in my oven?
–You can, but we never suggest doing it. Anyway, you can try it, but you have to keep in mind that, never place any v-shaped smoker box into your oven.
- Can I smoke meat on my propane grill?
-Propane grill is basically use for the making of burgers, barbecue, etc. But if you wish to make a grill through your propane grill you have to do some modification to your propane grill with the help of a technician.
- Should I soak my wood chips?
-Frankly speaking, just cut the wood from your garden, and never leave the bark portion from the wood pieces.
Make them into wood chips, dry well and finally use them. But you have to obviously soak your wood chips by normal water to avoid any unnecessary firing while smoking.
- Are electric smokers good?
– They are user-friendlier than any other manual smoker. But we do not suggest anybody to buy an electric smoker. It requires high expense, but never release smoke as much charcoal or wood chips releases.
- Is smoked meat bad for my health?
– Any grilled food may be hazardous to your health. A recent research tells that even any grilled meat may cause cancer to us. Women also are at a risk of breast cancer due to eating daily grilled meat.
- What is the easiest meat to smoke?
– Actually, some meats (Such as, beef brisket, pork shoulder, and ribs.) are not so quality full meat that you can cook it by any other cooking method. They are very tough to cut, and also chewy to eat. That’s why we suggest them to cook with a smoky flavor.
- Is liquid smoke is bad for my health?
-Smoke made from wood chips are pass through a vacuum chamber. During passing through the vacuum chamber, the smoke is captured and condensed. Liquid smoke also may contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon(i.e.PAH). PAH is very carcinogenic for your health.
- What is smoke made of?
Smoke is nothing, but a gaseous substance. It contains small particles, irritant volatile organic compounds. Various gases (such as carbon monoxide, carbon Dioxide, nitrogen oxide), some air toxins, etc. Anyway, the majority portion at smoke is made of water vapor.
- How to clean a smoker box?
Try to separate all the parts of your smoker box. Brush all the metal parts, if any particle is developed onto the metal parts. Sweep all the ash, or residue from inside of the smoker box. Use a hot soapy water, and rub well all the interiors or outer parts of the smoke box.
Rinse well with plenty of water, finally drained all the water from the smoke box and wipe it by a kitchen towel. Let it dry well. Finally, store your smoker box to a safe place.
- How to season a smoker box?
Before use of your new smoker you need to season it. The new smoker box may contain some Manufactural residue i.e. machine Oil, dust etc. So, if you season your new smoker box, all the residues will burned out, and your smoker box will be ready for your use.
You only need 2 hours to complete the seasoning process. But be sure you only have to do it only one time throughout the whole life of your smoker. Anyway, spray cooking oil to the whole portion and side (both inside, outer side wall grates, chamber, etc.) preheat and pre grill smoker cooker for one hour or more.
Things I came to know about smoker box from my FnFs
1.Nila asked me if my smoker box is rusted or not, she told me that her new smoker box which she bought last week, has already been rusted.
Anyway, I suggest her to buy this time a new smoker box which are made of stainless steel.
- Ruby told me she brought a new v- shaped smoker box. And it works amazingly!!
- My sister-in-law, Neva informed me that she needed smoker box that she could set in the middle of her gas grill bar.
And her desire to set a smoke box in between the grills bar have fulfilled after buying a v-shaped smoker box.
- Tania, my friend reviewed me that
-Oh my God, I have never been so happy to use smoker box. This new v- shaped smoker is really very user-friendly, and I can use it whether I want!
- Jack told me he is very happy with this stainless-steel smoker box because it is totally hassle-free and could be cleaned within a short time very easily!!
Nowadays, the kitchen cannot be thought of without a good smoker box. It has certainly brought a lot of relief to people’s busy lives. Starting from any hot smoky meal, it can be used in many verities type of cooking as well.
Anyway, I think since I bought a smoker, I would invite all my and Jennifer’s friends to have a party to celebrate it. At the party, Lucy and I would cook some smoky flavored foods.
What do you say? How is my idea?
Let’s ask Jennifer, if she agrees or not!!