Best Wood for Smoking Beef RibsPublished: May 16, 2022
When you are smoking meat low and slow, and spending hours tending the fire and the cook. You want to make sure that you pick the right wood to really bring out the taste and the flavor of the meat you are smoking.
This is part of series to match the right wood to the right meat.
- Hickory Wood - Strong smokey flavor
- Mesquite Wood - Strong smokey flavor and reminiscent of Texas BBQ.
- Oak - A solid all around hardwood for smoking.
1. Hickory Wood
Hickory is one of the most common hardwoods to use on brisket. Primarily because hickory is a very strong smoke flavored wood, and since brisket generally takes a much longer period of time to cook, the hickory flavor will get deep into the meet.
Plus Hickory and Mesquite are typical Texas flavor from cooking brisket.
2. Mesquite Wood
Mesquite has a very strong flavor and is typically used in Beef or heartier cuts of meat.
3. Oak Wood
Oak is another solid smoke flavor hardwood.
4. Apple Wood
Apple wood isn’t a traditional choice for beef, it does however have lighter smoke flavor, and is just a good cooking wood.
5. Pecan Wood
Pecan wood is a good match with Pork. It is different from Apple wood in the sense that it is a more subtle flavor and adds nutty flavor dimension to the pork,
6. Alder Wood
Alder wood is a much stronger wood flavored wood, it is well suited for beef.
Woods to avoid
1. Maple Wood
Maple wood is another sweet and fruity wood, for that reason it isn’t a good match with beef
2. Orange Wood
Orange hardwood also has a fruity flavor, that isn’t a great match for Beef.
3. Peach Wood
Peach wood, works well with other cuts of meat.