How to choose Smoking Wood for your BBQ Smoker

How to choose Smoking Wood for your BBQ Smoker

Types of Wood for BBQ Smokers

So you've decided to get into low and slow BBQ smoking and wanting to experiment with different types of woods. With so many different types of wood available, it can be a bit confusing knowing which type of wood to use for which type of meat. Mesquite is great for cooking beef, but will absolutely destroy chicken or pork. 

BBQ Spit Rotisseries is a supporting partner of the Australasian BBQ Alliance who are avid promoters of barbecuing and smoking with wood. Check out the below video produced by the Australasian BBQ Alliance where founding partner Jess Pryles interviews Australians leading BBQ Competitors to get the down low on which wood they use for low and slow. 




Wood can typically be purchased in pellets, chips or chunks. What form you buy your wood in will depend on which type of BBQ smoker you're smoking in. For example, if you have a gas or electric smoker, you'll need either pellets or wood chips. Wood chunks are too large to be used in gas or electric smokers. On the flip side, if you're using a charcoal smoker like the guys interviewed do, you'll need wood chunks as pellets and chips will burn too quickly.

If you don't yet have a smoker and you're tossing up which kind of smoker is right for you, check out our smoker comparison video where I go into more detail about the differences between gas, electric, bisquette, vertical charcoal, pellet, ceramic and offeset smokers.  



If you're interested in learning more about how to protect your smoker, check out our blogpost

For guide in how to cook on a Flaming Coals Gas Smoker check out our previous blog post

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by: Rhiannon Peterson