BBQ Smoking Wood Chunks
The Best BBQ Smoking Wood Chunks That Burn Clean Every Time
At ProSmoke BBQ we feel consistency is important, and our American flavour wood chunks are just that, large fist-size virtually barkless pieces of wood, seriously, these chunks are huge, probably the largest in the UK.
Each 23cm x 23cm x 23cm box contains approximately 6 Litres of wood with the weight varying depending on the type of wood you buy. This usually amounts to 10-14 pieces of wood.
We've been smoking with wood chunks for many years and feel you should use smoke like you use salt and pepper on your food, sparingly! Read this description carefully and we will take you through how to get the best results and the most for your money.
Our chunks are kiln-dried to an optimum moisture level, this means they will burn at lower temperatures, wet chunks will be very hard to get a clean burn, so we do not recommend you soak them before use.
If you're looking to use these chunks as a fuel source for your offset smoker, these chunks are not for you, these chunks are for the gentle flavouring of food, where your primary fuel source is either charcoal or wood splits, using this bag of wood as a fuel source would only last you about 2 hours.
Blue Smoke And Smoke Flavour ExplainedYour top priority when smoking food is ''clean smoke'' , this means the wood is burning at the correct temperature to release all those tasty vapours locked in that wood chunk, that's what you want to flavour your food, and the way we determine if this is happening, is a thin slightly blue smoke coming from your BBQ vent. If this is happening you know your wood chunk is dry (properly seasoned), air flow through your cooker is good, and your food will come out with that subtle hint of smoke flavour.
Good smoking temperatures range from 250F to 320F. If you're seeing puffy thick white smoke you won't get the proper flavour on your food, this smoke tastes harsh and bitter, if this happens check the following: - Is your smoker getting enough airflow and you're not running very low temperatures - Did you soak your wood in water beforehand (we don't recommend this) - Is the chunk size too big for your cooker
How To Use Wood ChunksThe best way to use chunks is sparing, these fist-size chunks should be split in half, then layered into the charcoal on a Weber kettle, or offset smoker, but ceramic BBQs like kamados normally like quarter size chunks, due to their slower airflow.
We also recommend 1 sweet 1 savoury chunk, like a hickory or pecan chunk with a maple chunk, this increases the smoke profile and adds an extra layer of flavour.
Even when you're grilling food, why not throw a large chunk in the corner, this will smoke away for hours and gently flavour your food.
During long smokes, on bullet smokers, we recommend upto 4 half chunks scattered through the fuel, or refuelling every few hours.
This wood creates a sweet, yet strong flavour, the smoke can be pungent, but it adds a nice, strong flavour to just about all meat cuts, but it’s especially popular with pork and beef.
This wood is stronger than most fruit woods, but milder than hickory and mesquite. Pecan is ideal when smoking poultry and fish as it adds a bit more kick than cherry and apple, but won't over smoke.
The perfect complement to any other of the chunks listed, a light sweet smoke very similar to apple or cherry, works well with chicken and Pork.
We've managed to get a limited supply of this wood from our US wood chunk supplier, it's the original brisket wood! made famous by the likes Aaron Franklin and Texas BBQ, if American style brisket is your aim, this is the wood for you.
Much the same as Maple this is a nice addition to any of the stronger woods, it will also provide a red colour to all food smoked with it. We've had excellent results with all poultry especially duck.