Wood Chips primer

There are many different types of wood chips that can be used in a wood-burning pit, wood-burning grill or even a gas grill.

Some of the more popular types of wood chips are apple, oak, mesquite, hickory, cherry, pecan, alder, maple, elm, pear, peach, beech, birch and many more. My personal favourites come from the spice shelf –

  • liquorice root – imparts a quite strong taste, so use it sparingly
  • lemongrass – really adds a zing to most meats but works exceptionally well with fish and fowl
  • cinnamon bark – adds a strong sweet flavour and works best with dark meats

Buy it on AmazonTo use them in a pit, grill, or a gas grill unit, you will need to use a cast-iron smoker box, aluminium foil (heavy-duty), or keep hold of the aluminium dishes from he take-away and use those.

Whichever option you use is intended to keep the chips from burning up too quickly.  Soak the chips in water, or fruit juice, for at least one hour prior to use.

Don’t be shy with experimenting, buy several different types and discover which you like the most.  Try each one with a different meat, with fish, and with vegetables, even with grilled fruits until you find the combinations that truly set your cooking apart from everyone else.

You’ll be the envy of all your friends, and have the neighbours arriving uninvited every time you light the grill.


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