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7 Wood Chips to Try

Try grilling with Mesquite wood chips — a Texas favorite with a strong earthy flavor.

Sweet or smoky, fruity or herbal, each wood imparts its own unique flavor. So if you want to capture a taste that's really smokin', here's a handy guide to wood and its flavors.

 

Hickory
Sweet to strong smoke flavor; good for pork, beef, ham, brisket, and ribs.

 

Mesquite
A Texas favorite with a strong earthy flavor; good for beef, burgers, pork, poultry, vegetables, and fish

 

Pecan
Lighter version of hickory, bacon-inspired flavor that is sweet and mild; good for beef, steak, poultry, and game birds.

 

Cherry
Fruity smoke flavor and subtly sweet; good for beef, pork, lamb, burgers, poultry, and ham.

 

Alder
Delicate smoke flavor and subtly sweet; good for poultry, fish, pork, and small game birds.

 

Oak
The most versatile of the woods; heavy smoke flavor; good for beef, brisket, ribs, fish, and heavy game.

 

Apple
Fruity smoke flavor and slightly sweet; good for poultry (turns skin dark brown), pork, game birds, lamb, and ham.

 

Spice up your wood
Add dried or whole versions of any of these herbs and spices:

  • Rosemary: herbal scent
  • Cloves: fragrant and simple
  • Anise: sweet
  • Cinnamon: sweet, great with fish

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