More About The Best Smoking Woods

More About The Best Smoking Woods

One of the most asked questions about smoking in order to get amazing backyard barbeque is, “What is the best wood for smoking meat?” The answer answer is that it depends on what you prefer. Because different woods impart different flavors, there are no hard and fast rules.

Since there are no concrete answers to the question of which wood is best, here is a guide to explain some of the woods most commonly used for smoking meat. If you’re starting from scratch or are wondering about new ways to expand your meat smoking repertoire, I hope you will find this to be a handy reference. Of course, uniqueness and perfection can only be found through experimentation.

You might even want to consider keeping a written record of your experimenting and results for future reference.

The basic rule of thumb is to use the heavier hardwoods like oak, hickory or mesquite for smoking heavier meats such as beef and pork. Use the lighterhardwoods like that from fruit trees, maple and nut-bearing woods for smoking lighter meats like fish and poultry. Some of the fun in doing your own backyard barbeque is when you start experimenting with mixing small amounts of the lighter woods to accent the flavors of your heavier meats and vice-versa.

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So Which Wood Chunks to Use?

WESTERN 78055 Hickory Cooking Wood Chunks

I don’t know about anybody else, but it has been my experience that in order to get amazing backyard barbeque, not only do you need low and slow, but the wood that produces the smoke flavor is of major importance. The big question then becomes, what wood is best?

For me and my wife, being from the Southwest, we prefer the flavor that hickory and mesquite imparts into our pork and poultry. I have experimented with both wood chips and chunks and depending on what I am smoking dictates whether I use chunks or chips.

When I am smoking beef ribs, pork or chicken, don’t be surprised to find me using a combination of hickory, I prefer the bags of Western 78055 Hickory Cooking Wood Chunks and mesquite. These woods are suppose to impart a stronger flavor than other kinds of hardwood. Being from the Southwest, hickory and mesquite is abundant and could well be why professional as well as they backyard smoker uses these woods. Now that we live in the Mid-Atlantic states, it seems that oak and a few other hardwoods are the predominate woods for smoking.

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