The Most Delicious Smoke Flavors
If you are looking to give the best flavor to the food you cook on the grill, the BBQ Guru points out that the smoke wood you use can play a sizable role in the taste of the final product. Charcoal is what you use for heat and while it can bestow a little flavor, smoke wood is what really gives BBQ its flavor.
What's the Best Type of Wood for Your BBQ?
What Kind Of Wood?
When doing a long cook, like ribs or pork butts or a brisket, you want chunky woods like apple, cherry and pecan. Those woods burn longer, letting the meat soak in smoke for a longer period of time.
If you are working on chicken or anything that takes less than an hour to cook, you want to focus on wood chips like maple. When working with chips, know that you can put them in dry or soak them.
Soaked wood chips take longer to smoke and dry chips reach a smoking point faster than soaked ones.
After you have narrowed down the shape of wood for your BBQ endeavors, its important to consider the flavor that you want to impart upon your food.
- Pecan and hickory are nutty trees that can add a nutty flavor.
- Cherry and apple are fruit trees that can impart a light sweetness.
- Mesquite is the wood you use when you want that hard, "Texas-style" flavor" in your smoked meat.
These notes on flavor are also determined by how much wood you use. A common mistake upon newcomers to smoking is to just toss in all of the wood that can fit and the result will be perfect.
People who know what they are doing understand that smoke wood is like any other ingredient; using too little or too much results in an unsatisfying product.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best wood for smoking fish?
Alder wood is the go-to choice for smoking fish. To see more options, check out our Meat Smoking Guide.
How can I use wood on a grill that is not a smoker?
Get a Smoker Box! This handy tool will allow you to use wood chips and create delicious smoky flavored meat.
How do I know which wood to use to grill my meat?
Take a look at our Meat Smoking Guide to see which wood is right for the meat you are grilling!