Why wood for smoking?
Wood has been used for building, cooking and preserving since the night of time, whether it be a barrel for wine, whisky or beer, fuel for cooking, furniture or structures, it has always been there.
Smoking your food is as old as fire itself – transforming your favourite meats, fish or vegetables – flavouring, tenderizing and preserving them in the process. Smoking food adds flavour, improves the appearance of meat through the Maillard reaction - which occurs when heat on a dry surface breaks down sugars and amino acids and when combined with curing it naturally flavours and preserves the meat.
All wood is not created equal when it comes to smoking foods. Using the right woodchips pairing is a key part of the smoking food. The best grill masters know how to match their wood to their food.
There is a vast array of wood smoking products designed for use in food smokers and Brosnahans offer 13 different wood smoke flavours. All pure fruitwood or hardwoods, these chips are sourced from sustainable managed resources, are untreated 100% natural and produced specifically for food smoking purposes. Wood size can vary and some smokers are restricted to certain wood forms, so worth checking what is recommended. But for most a regular woodchip in a 1cm size is ideal for hot smoking, whilst our range of dusts is great for cold smoking or stainless tray style smokers. For longer or hotter cooking sessions, wood chunks are a great alternative.
Think of wood in terms of mild to strong in flavour. At the light end you’ve got your fruitwoods – apple, cherry, peach and pear – light and sweet. In the middle you have manuka, pohutukawa, tawa and rewarewa. These flavours are great for your meats. At the other end of the spectrum are the strongest woods in the spectrum including hickory and mesquite. Use these like you’d use hot chili peppers – sparingly.
Having the right fit produces great smoke, burn efficiency and perfect flavouring for your food.