No, we aren’t talking about cigarette smokers here so please forgive us if you read the title and thought that we are about to disclose a new way to smoke weed or something!
But if you are a food lover or more so a meat lover, then you must continue reading this as I am going to tell you how to add a unique woodsy flavor to your smoked meat with the help of wood chips made from the trees that produce hardwood.
But why to use chips made from the hardwood? The answer is simple, hardwood burns slow and imparts a prominent flavor to your meat.
Now for the beginners, let me clear the fact that wooden pieces are added to the barbeque grills and different types of smokers such as electric smokers, gas smokers, charcoal smokers, etc. as they give a unique taste and smell to your grilled or smoked meat.
The charcoal smokers do create smoke by themselves but the wood pieces have to be still added to make them taste and smell better. You can easily find different types of wood chips, pellets, wood logs, chunks, etc. on the online shopping websites if you are bored with the regular pieces of wood.
- 1 Which types of wood chips are perfect for smokers?
- 1.1 Camerons Wood Smoking Chips: Experiment with diverse & tempting flavors
- 1.2 SmokeHouse Products Assorted Flavour Chips: For seamless smoking & gentle flavors
- 1.3 SmokeHouse Products 9770-020-0000 5-Pound Bag All Natural Apple Flavored Wood Pellets – A sweet & aromatic twist
- 1.4 BBQ’rs Delight Apple Wood Pellets: For the fruity & amazing taste
- 1.5 Oak Wood Smoker Chips: Unique oak flavor
- 1.6 User’s Guide
Which types of wood chips are perfect for smokers?
Wood chips enhance the taste of the smoked food item by giving a light rustic whiff to it. Fruit trees are more preferable since they are hard and good enough to maintain the smoky environment inside the enclosure.
Wood chips made from apple, orange, strawberry, cherry tree etc. are popular in the market due to the same reason.
Also, wood chips manufactured from the nut trees can be used if you prefer to have a strong and punchy aroma to your meat.
You don’t have to be a scientist to experiment with different ingredients and this I have understood while exploring my passion for cooking. Therefore, I decided to try out the fruit tree chips of various brands just to ensure that I am not missing out on something special.
Each of the wood chips provided a unique and special essence to the smoked meat and you too would love them if you have aristocratic taste buds that understand the nuances between different flavors!
Here’s the list of top 5 wood chips that impressed me a lot due to their perfect quality and inexpensive rates.
Camerons Wood Smoking Chips: Experiment with diverse & tempting flavors
Camerons wood chips provide a delectable flavor to all the types of smoked recipes. These chips are available in different varieties such as Apple, Hickory, Cherry, Maple, Pecan, Bourbon and Mesquite.
According to me, the best thing about these smoking chips is their slow combustion rate which is due to the raw and organic nature of its wood.
A perfect color
These wood chips are coarse and dry which help you to ignite them easily. Also, these chips give a tempting color and taste to your smoked dishes which make them irresistible!
Not a single piece of wood is dipped in chemical or other harmful ingredients. Therefore, they are perfectly safe to use.
The delicate flavor of Alder complements the prawns, fishes and other seafood. The rich and smooth flavor of the cherry chips enhances the taste of chicken, duck, and veggies. The essence of hickory chips goes great with pork and chicken. Likewise, you get to enjoy eight mouth-watering flavors with these wood chips.
- Product dimensions – 10 * 4 * 8 inches
- Weight – 2 pounds
Explore the delicacy of smoked seafood, meat, chicken, fishes and poultry by using these wood chips of Camerons. The rich and savory taste provided by the oak chips is my personal favorite but I also like to add some apple chips to add a tangy taste to the recipe.
The Camerons wood chips offer so many tempting and rich flavors that you simply cannot overlook it and buy something else. Therefore it is a superb deal for people who like to cook a wide range of barbeque recipes and dishes.
SmokeHouse Products Assorted Flavour Chips: For seamless smoking & gentle flavors
Preferred by elite BBQ chefs and expert cooks, these assorted chips of SmokeHouse can prove to be an ideal partner of your smoker.
One thing I liked about these chips is that they don’t just burn but produce abundant smoke which is ideal for your smoker.
Set of 12 packs
These flavored wood chips come in 5 best flavors which consist of 2-Apple packs, 2-Alder, 2-Cherry, 2-Mesquite and 4-Hickory packs.
Select from a diverse range of flavors as they are carefully derived from different types of woods. The sweet and mild smoke created by apple wood chips enriches the taste of pork, poultry recipes, beef and much more. The tangy and prominent taste of Mesquite chips entices your taste buds and you simply can’t wait to gorge on the wonderful dishes.
Flawless & abundant smoke
SmokeHouse wood chips are designed to provide flawless and abundant smoke which allows you to smoke your meat perfectly.
- Product dimensions – 14.6 * 13.2 * 15.9 inches
- Weight – 22.8 pounds
SmokeHouse wood chips give a pronounced flavor to your smoked meat. One negative aspect of these wood chips is that they come in plastic packs.
Therefore, you need to store them in some waterproof container to save them from moisture. The overall variation in their texture and smoke is amazing but you can mix some of these chips intelligently to outclass even the professional chefs of your town.
These are finely ground wood chips that provide a classy flavor to smoked ribs, pork butts, steak, beef, fishes like salmon, and much more. Moreover, the affordable price and surplus quantity of chips make them a purchase worthy.
SmokeHouse Products 9770-020-0000 5-Pound Bag All Natural Apple Flavored Wood Pellets – A sweet & aromatic twist
Yet another product of SmokeHouse, this pack of dry wood pellets is suitable for all types of smokers.
A variant of wood chips, a wood pellet is a finely powdered form of wood which is molded into a cylindrical shape. I love the mild sugary taste of apple and the fact these pellets burn slow and are completely natural.
Oil, additives or other harmful chemicals are not used in these pellets and they only consist of natural hardwood. This makes them safe and reliable to use.
These wood pellets are made from high-quality fruit tree wood which produces consistent and slow smoke to give an eccentric flavor and texture to the smoked food item.
The light and misty smoke created by these apple wood pellets impart a lip-smacking flavor to your recipe. It also comprises a slight blend of alder wood which improves the overall flavor of the meat.
- Product Dimensions – 14.2 * 9 * 2 inches
- Weight – 5 lbs
Some individuals may complain that SmokeHouse is only providing apple flavored wood pellets with this pack. However, let me remind you that applewood is one of the most preferred wood chips as it gives a lovely flavor and succulent texture to the food being cooked!
This pack of apple wood pellets combines perfectly with all types of smoked dishes and is certainly buyable due to its impressive quality and reasonable rate.
BBQ’rs Delight Apple Wood Pellets: For the fruity & amazing taste
If you want to provide a nice and fruity smell to your ribs, fishes, seafood or any other dish, then these apple wood pellets of BBQ’rs Delight are manufactured specially for you.
Applewood has a premium quality to it and therefore it’s my personal favorite as well. It’s tempting and rich taste augments the overall taste and texture whereas its mild flavor blends perfectly with the tenderness of your smoked meat.
Aroma & taste
Want to provide a sweet tangy taste to your smoked meat? The special fruity flavor provided by these wood pellets satiates your hunger for an aromatic barbeque.
This one pound pellet bag has enough wood pellets to last for at least 10 uses.
Unlike other wood pellets, these apple pellets are made from 100 percent natural wood and do not contain blends of any other wood. Therefore, they provide a consistent taste and flavor to the smoked food item.
- Product dimensions – 8.7 * 6 * 1.8 inches
- Weight – 9.4 oz
These wood pellets are not for the people who prefer strong and pronounced flavor to their smoked meat. However, these pellets can be definitely purchased by the food lovers who enjoy smoked food with a sweet and spicy odor.
These wood pellets come at a very economical price and create consistent smoke to add a sweet twist to your recipe. Suitable for all types of smokers and grills, this 1 pound pack has enough resource to assist you in multiple backyard parties!
Oak Wood Smoker Chips: Unique oak flavor
Camerons presents Oak wood smoker chips that spice up meat, fish, poultry, fresh veggies, and other food items flawlessly.
Want to experience the magic of harshly ground wood chips melting slowly to give a unique and refreshing taste to your smoked meat? These wood chips provide that priceless taste and therefore, I recommend it to everyone.
The rough and rigid texture of these wood chips enables you to smoke the meat in a gentle and controlled way.
You can use these wood chips for all types of stovetop smokers, charcoal smokers, gas smokers, etc. Moreover, they are also suitable for all types of cooking grills.
The chemical free composition of these wood chips makes them safe and they come in a large 2-pound pack.
- Product Dimensions – 11.5 * 9 * 2.6 inches
- Weight – 2.1 pounds
Personally, I love the quirky smell of oak chips and therefore, I recommend it to those people who had enough of the sugary flavor of the fruit tree woods. Also, it comes in a 2lb pack which lasts up to 20 uses with ease.
If you are attending a backyard barbeque party and the regular taste of the smoked recipes does not excite you anymore, then you must try cooking them with these oak wood chips.
Some of my friends like to flaunt their cooking skills and therefore, I have to attend to their backyard parties regularly. Most of the times they just smoke the meat with any piece of dried wood and it irritates me to the core. Therefore, I always make it a point to carry a little bag of wood pellets and wood chips just to add that intricate and delicate flavor to their recipes. Many people ask me that how do I choose these wood chips but my answer is always simple; any piece of wood which is tiny, has its own flavor and a hard texture would work like magic on smoked ribs, chicken chest, wings and all the other dishes which are meant to be smoked.
However, there are other factors that cannot be overlooked as well. Those factors are:
Purpose of wood chips or pellets
If you are using wood as the main fuel then you can consider buying wood pellets and chunks of larger size. However, if you wish to use it as a smoking agent, then the tiny pieces of chips and pellets will be perfect for you!
Type of meat
A hard and solid chunk of pork meat may require wood chips with s strong flavor but a slice of slender meat like chicken can be smoked with gentle flavors of apple wood, cherry wood, etc.
Use wood pellets, chunks, chips or sawdust according to the ingredients of your recipe and smoking duration. The larger chunks are meant to provide a slow rustic odor to your recipe whereas smaller wood chips are just to leave a mild impression on your smoked food.
Smoking meat, fishes, vegetables, and fruits is an art that can be mastered with persistence and patience. However, if you do not have the knack for experimenting with different wood chips then your recipe can lack the essence of originality. Therefore, I would advise you to follow your instincts and experiment with different types of fruit tree wood chips and pellets to add a royal and delicate flavor to your meat!