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For Better Grilling, Try BBQ Wood Chips

Jun 15, 2008
There is nothing better then BBQ meat that has been cooked or smoked with wood chips. If you are an avid griller then you already know the reason for using barbecue wood chips. But many people have no idea what the big deal is about this product.

What are BBQ wood chips and why use them? These wood chips are very small pieces of wood added to your BBQ that will create smoke. If you're not already using wood to cook your food, the only way you're going to get true smoke flavor is to add wood to your grill fire.

Whether you use a charcoal, gas or electric grill, wood chips will give you authentic barbecue flavor. You can also buy a special smoker box to place in your gas or charcoal grill so that you can get that "wood smoke" flavor. Read the instructions for your particular grill before you try doing this.

When you use wood chips, take care to keep them burning quite slowly. What you want is slow, steady smoke. Intense bursts of smoke will simply make your meat bitter. If you soak wood chips in water for about 15 minutes before you use them, you'll slow down their burn and make them smoke more. Before you use them, though, let the wood chips "drip dry" for a few minutes before you add them to your fire. The wood chips should be moist rather than truly wet.

If you're using a smoker in your grill, it's probably not necessary to soak the wood chips before you use them. Soaking wood chips will let them burn longer, but if you're cooking a steak, you probably don't want a long, slow grilling.

Wood chips are available in a large range of varieties that cater to all tastes; your local vendor should be able to advise you on pairing a wood chip with a particular meat.

In general, the lighter the meat, the milder the wood chip you need to use. But it also doesn't hurt to experiment and try mesquite with chicken, just begin with fewer wood chips then you would normally use.

If you use alder wood chips, these are great to use with pork or seafood. Fruit wood chips are a mild wood chip that you can use with veal, poultry or pork. These types of woods include cherry or apple.

Hickory or maple barbecue wood chips are strongly flavored and should be used with poultry, pork or beef. Lamb, duck and beef also are great meats to use with strong mesquite wood chips. Beef or ham go well with oak wood chips, which is another strong wood chip flavor.

When you barbecue, your first focus should be the meat. A substandard cut of meat is not going to be improved significantly by the wood chip you use. Make sure the meat you get is fresh and comes from a reputable supplier.

So the next time you decide to grill a great piece of meat consider using some of these BBQ wood chips and savor the great flavor and aroma coming off your grill.
About the Author
Ashley King loves to barbecue, and is editor of the Home and Garden Section at i-KnowHow | Information for Life, where you'll also find ideas and tips on family, hobbies, personal finance, technology basics and much more.
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