Cooking over firewood has many advantages and is one of the hot trends of 2021! Whether its in your fire pit, pizza oven, wood oven ,fireplace barbecue, or smoker, cooking wood can add great flavor and aromas to your grilled and smoked foods.
Dense hardwoods are best here.
Sweet smelling fruit woods, like apple wood, cherry wood and sugar maple are perfect companions to grilled and smoked foods. Their aroma complements food beautifully. Oak, being one of the hardest and most dense woods, burns hot and long and is definitely a good barbecue cooking wood, but doesn’t have as much distinct flavor as the fruit woods. It does impart a strong smoky flavor though which is great for smoking meats. A mix of woods it key to get all the benefits!
Some of the strongest smokey flavors come from hardwoods like hickory and mesquite. They can be a great compliment to certain meats and poultry but have a very distinctive aroma. If you don’t want their strong signature aromas in your food, stick to the milder fruit woods or oak.