Adding Flavor with Wood Chips
Wood imparts wonderful flavor and richness to grilled foods.
Remember…a little goes a long way. Before using, place the wood in a food-safe container; cover with water. Soak blocks of wood at least 1 hour and chips for 20 to 30 minutes; drain.
For a charcoal grill, place the wood directly on the hot coals. For a gas grill, place the wood in your grill's smoker box if available and use according to your manufacturer's directions. If no smoker box is available, place wood in a disposable foil pan or create a foil pouch for chips and set on the grill before preheating.
|Wood Type||Flavor||Use With|
|Alder||Delicate and sweet||Fish and poultry|
|Apple||Slightly sweet and fruity||Poultry, pork and fish|
|Black Birch||Delicate, touch of mint||Lamb, chicken, swordfish, vegetables|
|Butternut||Sweet, nutty||Steak, venison, buffalo|
|Cherry||Mild, slightly sweet and fruity||Poultry, pork and fish|
|Grapevine||Rich, fruity||Fish, especially salmon and swordfish|
|Hickory||Hearty, smoky bacon-like flavor||Most red meats, pork, poultry and vegetables|
|Maple||Mild, smoky and sweet||Poultry, ham and vegetables|
|Mesquite||Strong, sharp earthy flavor||Beef, most other meats and vegetables|
|Oak||Rich, yet mellow||Steak, ribs, pork, venison|
|Peach||Mellow, fruity, sweet||Duck, goose, turkey|
|Pecan||Mellower than hickory||Chicken, duck|
|Sassafrass||Mellow, smoky||Suasage, hot or mild|