Maple wood for smoking- Oh the mighty Maple tree gives the grill or smoker and nice subtle tasting smokey flavor

Maple wood for smoking- Oh the mighty Maple tree gives the grill or smoker and nice subtle tasting smokey flavor

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Loyal users of our culinary quality hardwoods know the benefits of our woods but we still hear this one question a lot: what is the best hardwood to use with specific foods, especially meats?

Let’s start with a feature on the mighty maple tree which could turn out to be the best choice!

Maple hardwood is part of the Aceraceae family of wood.   The scientific name for the variety we manufacture is Acer pensylvanicum L. but the common names for the varieties found in the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania regions include: Black Sugar Maple, Hard Maple, Rock Maple, Striped Maple, Moosewood.

Hard Maple is considered the king of all maples because it is stronger, stiffer, harder, and denser than any other maple variety.

Maple can be used with any food for natural wood flavouring/smoking. The flavour profile is on the mild side with a sweet undertone. Feel free to use the wood with any food: chicken, turkey, game birds, beef, lamb, fruit, vegetables, chocolate, eggs, etc.

Depending on the time of year the maple is harvested will determine the coloring to the food.  Color range can be from a deeper brown to a lighter tan. Why so much color variation?  Maple has peak periods for harvesting in order to avoid the heavy sap run in this wood which generally starts in December finishing in March.

This wood mixes easily with other woods, particularly Hickory, Ash, and Cherry. It can even tone down the harshness of pungent woods like oak and mesquite.  Just be sure to store it in a cool location as maple is not a heat or humidity lover.

Heat Level: High – 23.2 (soft) 29.7 (hard) MBTU

Fuel Efficiency: Excellent

Ease of Lighting: Good

Ideal Uses: Baking/Grilling/Roasting/Braising/Pit Roasting/Hot Smoking/Cold Smoking

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Without question, maple is one of the most popular hardwood species for wood-fired cooking techniques! See if you agree but trying some at your next cooking event!

SmokinLicious® Products related to this blog:

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Wood Chunks- Double & Single Filet

Wood Chips- Grande Sapore®, Minuto®, Piccolo®

More Related reading on maple wood for smoking and other hardwood species

More Related reading on maple wood for smoking and other hardwood species

Additional reading:

-WHAT WOOD TO USE FOR SMOKING: A PRIMER

-MAPLE FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS!

-Does Sweet Sugar Maple Sour Up

Dr. Smoke- maple wood for smoking is my favorite for its soft smokey taste!

Dr. Smoke- maple wood for smoking is my favorite for its soft smokey taste!