Best Smoking Wood

Although finding the best smoking wood for your cooking is a opinionated aspect, it is well worth talking about. There are certain smoking woods that are going to be much better than others depending on what you are cooking and smoking. A simple rule of thumb is the heavier woods like hickory wood and mesquite are better for heavier meats. Lighter fruit smoking woods are for the lighter meats like fish, pork and chicken. You can use a heavier smoking wood on light meats but it does have the opportunity to over power your meat. When I grill vegetables I use light fruit woods if I want to bring out the vegetable flavor. To really give vegetables a good punch of flavor then I will consider a more aromatic smoking wood.

 

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One of our favorite smoking woods at the shop that we've experienced thoroughly with is Pecan wood.  If you want to use 100% pecan wood in your next cooking session, it is possible to use pecan wood as your base wood. Doing this it will help if you start your firebox fire out with some seasoned pecan. This will insure you get your fire burning easily and hot. If you are going to be smoking for 5+ hours you may want to consider another base wood like Oak firewood. Oak will burn hotter and longer for your lengthy smoking sessions. But, if you are cooking under 5 hours then you will be able to do it well with pecan wood being your base wood.  Once you get your pecan smoking wood going well as your base, you can add your greener pecan wood. I like to use green pecan as the main smoking wood because it will burn long and really put out some great smoke. But remember that it is not considered a "firewood" when used like this. It is a "smoking wood" so it may not catch fire much.

 

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Another smoking wood that puts off a good amount of heat and is a long burner is hickory smoking wood. We've had customers use it as fireplace firewood because of it being a hot and long burner. If you are going to use the hickory smoking wood for sale then you may want to pair it with a lighter smoking wood. Some great options are pecan wood, apricot wood, persimmon wood and our large collection of smoking wood pellets. Is apple the best smoking wood? Actually it's not. It just says on the internet that it is and you can't go by that when it comes to your favorite smoking wood. One reason apple wood is given glorification on the internet is they don't know what to do with all the apple wood in the orchards of Washington State. Most often they have to burn the trees and wood in the orchards because they need to plant more apple trees quickly. We have also found better cooking performance in pecan wood mixed with persimmon smoking wood that far surpasses what apple wood can do in the BBQ smoker. 

 

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5 Comments

Owner of Best Smoking Wood
Owner of Best Smoking Wood

November 20, 2014

John,

There is quite a difference between hickory smoking wood and pecan smoking wood. We sell a mix of the best smoking wood that has 50% Southern Hickory smoking wood and 50% Pecan smoking wood. In the short way to explain it – Hickory gives that authentic flavor and Pecan wood help tenderize and the meat can fall off the bone if smoked correctly. That’s how I have always described it to people. Pecan smoking wood is a light nut wood and Hickory wood is a stronger aromatic nut smoking wood. They are both wonderful smoking woods.

John - Dallas, TX
John - Dallas, TX

November 20, 2014

I would like to know the difference between hickory smoking wood and pecan smoking wood. Thanks for your help,
John
Dallas, TX

Jon - Wisconsin
Jon - Wisconsin

November 10, 2014

I appreciate it, thank you very much

Jon

Owner
Owner

November 10, 2014

Jon,

When smoking fish two of the smoking woods to choose are pecan wood and alder wood. In Alaska the salmon is best with the alder wood. For those of us in the United States, most of us have had pecan crusted trout and it’s grilled with pecan smoking wood. Stick with those two and you’ll be very happy!

Jon - Wisconsin
Jon - Wisconsin

November 08, 2014

I am going to be smoking a lot of fish for a party and need a great smoking wood for fish. Can you help with your best recommendation? Thank you

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