BBQ and Smoking Woods

BBQ and Smoking Woods

Almond Almond wood produces a mild, sweet smoke. The smoke as well as the ash is very light. Apple Apple wood is a popular wood for smoking with the sweet and subtle flavor it gives food. While it is mild, it is the strongest of all the fruit woods making it stand up to red meats. Avocado Avocado wood produces a mild to medium smoke, depending on the tree (not variety of avocado). The flavor is suited for red meats, but poultry also works with this wood. Cherry Cherry wood is a sweet, fruity wood. The smoke is light to medium with smoky notes. The smoke will turn light colored meats (especially poultry) darker, or even a tinge of red. Grapefruit Grapefruit wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Hickory Hickory is the most commonly used hardwood for BBQ and smoking. It is often called the ‘King’ of BBQ wood. Hickory is closely related to Oklahoma, Eastern North Carolina, and Texas BBQ. Lemon Lemon wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Lime Lime wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Mesquite Mesquite wood burns hot and produces a strongly flavored smoke that is often paired with another wood.   Oak Oak is a hardwood, and is the second most popular type of wood for smoking. Oak has a medium to heavy smoke flavor. Since the smoke isn’t overpowering, and depending on the type of...
Avocado Wood

Avocado Wood

Avocado wood produces a mild to medium smoke, depending on the tree (not variety of avocado). The flavor is suited for red meats, but poultry also works with this wood. Type of foods that go well with avocado wood: Beef – whole roasts Pork – whole roasts Poultry – whole birds Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company.   All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Olive Wood

Olive Wood

Olive wood has a unique flavor, somewhat reminiscent to mesquite only milder. Appropriate for both grilling and smoking. Type of foods that go well with olive wood: Beef – thick steaks, roasts Pork – Ribs Lamb Poultry – chicken, but is also good with game birds Any meat that will be served with a spicy sauce, or anything with a Middle-Eastern or Mediterranean marinade, brine, or rub. Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Citrus Wood

Citrus Wood

Citrus wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. If the wood is to be cooked on, the coals burn hot. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Type of foods that go well with citrus wood: Pork Poultry – including all game birds Beef Seafood Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Peach Wood

Peach Wood

Peach wood creates a sweet smoke, similar to pear. This wood mixes well with oak wood. Type of foods that go well with peach wood: Pork – roasts and ribs Poultry Non-meat items and vegetarian entrees Seafood Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Cherry Wood

Cherry Wood

Cherry wood is a sweet, fruity wood. The smoke is light to medium with smoky notes. The smoke will turn light colored meats (especially poultry) darker, or even a tinge of red. This wood mixes well with oak, hickory, and other fruit woods. Type of foods that go well with cherry wood: Beef Pork – especially good with ham and bacon Poultry Game meats – lamb Article by Renee Shelton. Her love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...