The best wood for smoking different meats

Smoking Wood Selection Guide

Selecting the right wood when smoking is very important because it adds flavour and aroma to your dish. Not matching the right wood to your meat can result in an unpleasant flavour combination or worst case completely spoil your lunch or dinner.

When smoking pork, I often use apple wood or peach, as it gives a very subtle smoke that enhances the flavour of the meat. On the other hand, I use ironbark or cherry when smoking beef. Ironbark has a strong hearty flavour whereas cherry gives the beef a slightly sweetish taste that is a hit with friends and family.

You can refer to the "Wood Selection Guide" table to see a more detailed comparison on woods.

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