How to Pick the Right Smoking Wood for the Right Meat

Learn how to pick the right wood for the right meat from Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters Heath Hall and Brett Thompson in this Howcast video.

Today we’re gonna talk about the different kinds of woods available for smoking.

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of different things you can use out there in the world of smoking, but there are few that we really like. We love oak and hickory. These are our two mainstay woods that we use in just about everything. They provide a really great flavor to large chunks of meat like brisket and pork shoulder. A pecan is also a good substitute if you can’t find hickory. Very similar in nature. Provides a similar flavor. One note of caution, these are pretty strong smoking woods so you don’t wanna over smoke your meat. So make sure that you use just the right amount of wood in smoking for the right amount of time.

If you’re looking for some more delicate meats or smaller cuts of meat, we recommend trying some of the fruit woods like peach or cherry. These are really beautiful woods, provide a nice beautiful color and they really are a little bit milder than the oaks and hickories. So give those a try on the poultries and the seafoods and even the ribs, perfect for ribs.

Some really unique products out there like the grape vine. It’s a really unusual piece that provides a really unique flavor to what you’re smoking and grilling. One other thing of note is the sizes of the wood. Use the size that fits best for your smoker. You can get chunks, you can buy the sticks or the logs, and you can buy chips or shavings. Use which ever one is most appropriate for your grill or smoker.

Go out there, give ‘em all a try. I think you’re gonna love two or three of these that are gonna become mainstays in your arsenal for grilling and smoking. We love ‘em all but they all have unique attributes and so we just encourage you to pick the ones that you think work best for you.

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