Add Smoky Flavor to Cold Foods With Smoke Tubes

This is not one I had heard of before. A smoke tube is another one of those gadgets you can use on your BBQ grill to make certain foods, and if you know someone who's super into grilling, these stainless steel tubes make a great gift whether the person has a gas grill, charcoal grill, pellet grill, electric smoker, or portable grill.

What Is a Smoke Tube?

According to Smoking Meat Geeks, a smoke tube or pellet smoking tube "is a perforated metal container for holding smoking pellets." You put wood chips or wood pellets into the tube, then light one end of the tube with a butane torch or propane torch. Blow out the flame, put the tube in the smoking area, and the pellet smoker tube will smoke for 2-5 hours, Eat Cured Meat reported.

"The main thing I've used a pellet tube for is cold smoking," that outlet noted. But they can also be used for hot smoking on a gas or charcoal grill. Basically, these tools are a great smoke generator if you're looking to get high-quality taste out of the hours of smoke the best smoke tubes can provide. Smoke cheese and other goodies can be made with the diffusion and hot smoke or cold smoke from these amazing little tubes.

You can use wood chips made of wood like apple, cherry, alder, or something stronger such as hickory or mesquite in the tubes depending on the smoke flavor you want. BBQ pellets can work as well.

What Can You Make With Them?

Smoke tubes are helpful for making a lot of things you want to get a smoky flavor out of when you're grilling, such as brisket. When you put it on your gas grill and close the lid, you can cold smoke foods like cheese or nuts. Just make sure to put some butcher paper between the food and your grill grates. Who knew smoking cheese could be so easy?

Where Can You Buy One?

Smoke tubes are not particularly hard to find. You can go on Amazon right now and find ones from brands like Zerich, A-MAZE-N, and Carpathen. You can also just buy a smoker box from companies like Traeger or Masterbuilt, but that's going to cost you quite a bit more!

Look for one with good airflow, durability, and great reviews, and you'll be well on your way to getting the smoked food of your dreams.

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