Pellets are made of compressed sawdust. They are wood, and wood
burns when heated. If you starve wood of oxygen when you heat it,
it smokes rather than burning to ash.
If you don't have a BBQr's Delight Cast Iron Smoker Pot,
a pouch made of heavy duty aluminum foil with just one tiny hole in one
side works great to provide smoke in most outdoor cookers.
To make a foil pouch, cut a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil 6" by 12" and
fold in half making a 6"x6" square. Fold the side edges at least twice,
pressing each fold firmly along the entire side. Put 1/3 cup of pellets in
the pouch and fold the top to seal. Poke one (1) tiny hole in one side of the
pouch with a toothpick. Place the pouch above your charcoal briquettes
or above the gas flame where the pellets will get very hot, but not catch fire.
(Sometimes this takes practice to find just the right spot.)
When the smoke starts coming out of the hole in the pouch,
put your food on the cooking grate and close the cover
of your cooker.
Smoke should last up to 30 minutes depending on the
temperature of your cooker. If you want more smoke, you can
use slightly larger foil packets, or use multiple packets.
Experiment with multiple flavors and make your own favorite pellet blends!
Practice! Practice! Practice!
If you have a smoke box made for chips, restrict the air with foil when
you're using pellets. Remember, one little hole is all you need!