We like to use our chips for shorter cooks or smaller things like sausages or chicken thighs/breasts because they give off a lot of smoke in a short amount of time, and add flavour quickly. Chips are also used on gas bbq's in conjunction with the smoker box.
All of our woods are free from bark and are specifically harvested, from sustainable forests, for food smoking.
- 100% natural and harvested from sustainable sources
- Harvested specifically for food smoking
- Contain little or no bark
- Come in Alder, Apple, Beech, Cherry, Hickory, Maple, Oak and Whiskey Oak
Using wood chips, chunks, dust or pellets to create smoke is a great way to transform sometimes bland barbecued foods into meals that will have your friends and family begging for more. I often wonder if people pay enough attention to the quality of wood they use for smoking food. Smoke is used as you would a spice or herb on food… to impart flavour, so don’t compromise (you wouldn’t use spices or herbs that were old, or moldy). A good quality wood, specifically harvested and prepared for barbecuing and food smoking, can make a significant difference. When you chose a wood it’s important to take the following into consideration:
- Bark – If the wood you use still has the bark on, it will impart a bitter flavour to your food. The bark is also the tree’s protection and often contains stuff like mold, old bug carcasses, bug poo and other unsavory contaminants.
- Origin – Where the wood comes from is of great importance… Be friendly to our environment by buying woods that are harvested from sustainable resources. I often hear of people visiting the local woodworking shop to ask for off-cuts/ shavings, while this may be saving you money, please make sure that the wood you’re getting has not been treated, doesn’t contain traces of oil used to lubricate the saws and hasn’t been swept from the floor. If you’re harvesting your own wood (the cherry tree has fallen over in the back yard) do not use wood that has been cut with a chainsaw, as most chainsaw blades are lubricated by oil. It’s time consuming and hard work, but if you’re going to use the wood for food smoking, use a hand saw and make sure you remove the bark.
- Wood Variety – The type of wood you use will make a huge difference. The general “rule of thumb” is that fruit woods are mild and nut woods produce a very strong flavour. See our guide to woods.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to try different wood varieties to what you’re used to using… In the UK, Oak wood is the most popular wood to use for smoking just about anything We use Hickory for chicken and pork shoulders, Apple for ribs and Beech for fish. These are just my personal favorites, but bear in mind that the amount of different flavours you can create, by mixing different wood varieties together, is mind boggling.
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A great way to prolong the smoke you get from chips is by making a foil pouch to stop them flaring;