Source of wood chips

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by blackhawk19, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The only thing available in my area so I have been looking online, I checked the http://www.charcoalstore.com/ for their 2lb bags, most $3.99 and apple $4.99. i was going to order 3 bags till I got to checkout and the freight($14.00) was more then my order. Would have cost me $28 for three bags[​IMG] so I kept lookin.

    I found Bass Pro Shops, their bags are $2.99(2lb) and their shipping is cheap.
    I got 4 bags +shipping($3.95) for $15.91 total[​IMG]
    I will let you know about the quality
    http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...=SearchResults
     
  2. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  3. Fortunately for me, I've got Wal-mart, Bass Pro, and now Calbrea's near me. Most chips are only 2.99 a bag. If you have anything like that close to you, check it out first.
     
  4. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Only have a Wally-World here and all they carry is Hickory and Mesquite,
    nothing else. I got apple /cherry and maple from Bass Pro
     
  5. Did you try your local Home and Garden place. You know, the place that has colored rock, bird baths, etc. I get mine there a lot cheaper then you guys. If they don't have any ask them to roder some for you.
     
  6. doc

    doc Meat Mopper

    I ordered some chunks from smokinlicious.com, it should be here this week. They include shipping, which is a big plus, although they only offer a handful of woods. Maple, oak, cherry coming my way. I will post after I get to test the goods.
     
  7. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I gotta get an order soon too. No more seasoned apple, apricot or cherry til fall unless I rush it along somehow. I need a good pecan store. We only get hickory and mesquite here too and I have plenty of hickory all around my house.
     
  8. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Got my wood from Bass Pro Shop thursday and used it Saturday, I used the apple, some of the chips were pretty small and I using an aluminum pan with foil as a smoke box, don't have a real one in my ECB. I learned not to set the pan directly on the coals, it will burn a hole in the bottom of the pan[​IMG] Overall I'm pleased with the Quality of their chips
     
  9. sin

    sin Fire Starter

    I don't know, I'm new to smoking, but is mesquite supposed to smell intense, pungent and... well... kind of 'rotten' smelling. It's sooooo much stronger and bitter smelling than the light, sweet, flower-like smelling hickory I purchased.
     
  10. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  11. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    SIn -

    I use Mesquite quite a bit it doesn't smell bad. It is stronger flavored than say pecan or apple but I like it, but then I've heard people say that hickory was strong and bitter. I think it's more the smokee than the smoke sometimes!
     
  12. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have ordered from http://www.naturesownonline.com/ when I was looking for chunks of apple.

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  13. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Being from TX. I use a lot of Mesquite I just don't use too much at a time. I found that it's REALLY good for grilling steaks. When I use it for smoking I mix in some hickory with it.
     
  14. sin

    sin Fire Starter

    OK, thanks. I ask because I just got some hickory and mesquite from a supplier and I wasn't sure about the mesquite. It's dark brown in color and very 'intense' smelling that the rest of the family didn't care for, compared to the hickory.

    I got them both at http://www.barbecuewoods.com/ and wasn't 100% sure if mesquite was supposed to be that 'intense' compared to other woods.

    How are those Brass Pro Shop bagged wood chunks? Any good? A HUGE BPS just opened up in Rancho Cucamonga, which is the town next to mine.
     
  15. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My family also does not seem to like the aroma or taste of mesquite. I use it sparringly and mixed with a lighter wood such as oak.

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  16. bud's bbq

    bud's bbq Meat Mopper

    I agree Sin. Have had Texa BBQ in Houston and the mesquite flavor on the briskett was wonderful......but trying to use it on my home smoking requires a very small amount.
     
  17. sin

    sin Fire Starter

    Yeah, it does. Thanks! [​IMG]

    I have yet to fire up the smoker for the first time. Not all the parts are there, yet. I was going to smoke a chicken (butterflied) with all mesquite for my first adventure. I think now I'll use a 50-50 dose of mesquite and hickory. I don't want the first smoked food to be 'too intense' for the rest of the family.
     
  18. bud's bbq

    bud's bbq Meat Mopper

    Words to live by........
     
  19. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Sin

    when you have strong woods go light. I mix hickory and mequite alot but I only throw in one small chunk to 2 hickory chunks.

    I think it's great with chicken and steaks!
     
  20. sin

    sin Fire Starter

    Debbers,

    Ahhhh, so 50-50 is still a bit too much mesquite. OK, I'll drop the ratio to 2-1. Perhaps 3-1 would be best, but I'm not too sure I'd like hickory smoked chicken. Whenever I USED TO eat chicken with store-bought BBQ sauce, I grabbed for the 'Mesquite' flavored kind. I'm not one for hickory flavored chicken, but pork is a different story.

    Now, with my new smoker, I'm looking to avoid using all those flavored sauces for some homemade sauce and use actually wood smoking for the flavor. I take it these sauces compared to the real deal is kind of laughable to you guys?

    I guess, there's a big, BIG difference between flavored sauces and THE REAL DEAL. It's a learning curve I need to get used to, and something you've already learned. I guess I'll learn as I go. Really, the best way, but it's nice to get some pointers!

    Thanks again for the feedback! You guys are GREAT!
     

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