I was at a party this past weekend and a long time friend and very experienced BBQ'er was amazed that I'd not tried apple wood. He said something to the effect that if I tried it, I'd not go back to hickory, mesquite, or whatever.
So, on Monday, with several errands to run, I included a search for apple wood. The first several places I tried had sold out since before the holidays. My last resort was a place in Southlake, TX called BBQ Outfitters and they had two bags. I grabbed one, dug for my wallet, and forked over $29 for about 14 pounds. I'm still pretty new at smoking so I had no clue about a fair price, and I thought that $2.07 per pound was a bit high.
Cabela's had an ad insert in today's paper and they had apple wood chips for $2.50 per pound. I don't know why I didn't consider an online purchase and a kinda glad I didn't. The convenience of an online purchase here would have cost me $3.00 per pound.
I got lucky this time around. What's a reasonable price for apple wood?