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.
Sweet to strong smoke flavor; good for pork, beef, ham, brisket, and ribs.
A Texas favorite with a strong earthy flavor; good for beef, burgers, pork, poultry,
vegetables, and fish
Lighter version of hickory, bacon-inspired flavor that is sweet and mild; good for beef,
steak, poultry, and game birds.
Fruity smoke flavor and subtly sweet; good for beef, pork, lamb, burgers, poultry, and
Delicate smoke flavor and subtly sweet; good for poultry, fish, pork, and small game
The most versatile of the woods; heavy smoke flavor; good for beef, brisket, ribs, fish,
and heavy game.
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