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Smoke Woods for Grilling

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Stepping into the world of smoking meat can feel like entering a large and mysterious forest. Literally. There’s wood everywhere and it’s easy to get lost. What’s alder wood? Is mesquite too strong for poultry? Is maple as sweet as it sounds? Luckily we made this handy wood smoking chart to serve as your compass while you travel on your smoky journey. | Char-Broil

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How to Use Smoke Woods

Types of Wood -- Love Apple and Cherry; found the Pecan to be a bit bitter (Mesquite and Hickory are suppose to be similar); want to try Oak or Maple if I can find them

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*Heat Content - measures the embodied energy. Higher is better. *Sparks Produced - self-explanatory. "Few" indicates low pitch content. *Heavy Smoke - measures the thickness of smoke upon heating. "No" is best. *Coaling Quality - measures propensity to form durable coals. We want "Excellent."

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Using Wood Chips for Smoking Food

Learn how to use wood chips to smoke food on the grill. Wood chips add a smoky flavor to the fire and your food.

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8 Easy Tips to Smoking Meat Like a Pro - The first step to bringing out the robust flavor of ribs, brisket and other meats is selecting the best meat smoker and deciding which fuel option — charcoal, electric or gas – works best for you. Smokers are fueled by propane gas, electricity or traditional charcoal briquettes. The fuel in turn heats wood that generates smoke. http://www.odumagazine.com/8-easy-tips-to-smoking-meat-like-a-pro/

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