True North Wood Chips - We've been doing business with the company that makes these chips for over 20 years. How can you tell this company is Canadian? Well, its chips are about the size of a loonie. The True North name is a dead give-away. And if you read the bag, it says Product of Canada.
Available in a selection of six delectable flavours, you can add whichever flavour of smoke you'd like at a great price. Not sure which one you'd like? Pick up the True North Wood Chip Six Pack. While yes, a six pack of beer helps me make great decisions, we mean a six pack of wood chips. Get a bag of each for a nice bargain!
If you enjoy smoked salmon, you've tasted the magic of alder smoke. Indigenous to northwestern United States and western Canada, alder is the traditional wood for smoking salmon. Alder produces such a lovely, lightly-flavoured smoke, it is the go-to wood for fish and poultry. It also does wonderful things to pork.
Spartan. MacIntosh. Gala. Fuji. Granny Smith. Jonagold. There are so many delicious (hah, there‰۪s another one!) varieties of apples, it's no wonder apple chips are so popular with grillers and smokers. As flavouring, apple smoke matches up perfectly with pork and if you've never tried it with ham, you must. And get this: it also enhances beef, poultry and game birds. Aficionados describe apple as having a 'slightly sweet but denser, fruity smoke flavor'. (We couldn't have said it better even if we hadn't written it ourselves.)
We love cherry wood smoke because it goes with just about everything. It's sweet. It's mild flavoured. And not surprisingly, cherry wood chips are a bit fruity. We like to remind our customers that wood chips add another layer of flavour to whatever they're cooking. And it really is as easy as tossing some wood chips onto your grill or into a smoker box and letting time do its thing. And we're not blowing smoke up your back when we say that we've got all the supplies (and free advice) you need.
We like to say that hickory is kind of like drinking and driving. A little drink is probably okay. But a big one can cause you all kinds of problems. So use hickory sparingly. It's loaded with flavour and it's real good with beef and lamb. Some grillers also like a little hickory smoke on their poultry, pork, cheese and wild game.Just remember what you mother always said: everything in moderation.
Well, of course, a Canadian company would have maple wood chips. And wouldn't you know it: the chips are about the size of a loonie. Makes a person proud, it does. Experienced grillers suggest you use maple chips for poultry, vegetables and ham. It's mild and smoky and kind of sweet, like a fruit-tree wood. One word of caution: over use of these chips can lead to the spontaneous singing of O Canada.
(Okay, so that's more than one word. Sorry.)
Mesquite chips have been a popular choice of late. It's good for grilling. It has a strong flavour that most people have tasted it before because it's often used in restaurants. They like it because it burns hot and fast. You can use it with most meat, especially beef, and it also favours vegetables.