When Its Barbecue It’s Best with Low and Slow Charcoal Wood

Barbecue is cooking with smoke. Considered an aerosol, smoke imparts the true flavor of barbecue. You need a vessel to cook in and a combustible material to produce the smoke. The number one choice is wood.

What to Look For

Although hardwood is the choice for low and slow cooking, not every hardwood is ideal. You should use hardwoods that are common: maple, cherry, hickory, oak, ash, alder, beech. Be sure the wood is not “seasoned” for a long period of time or you will simply end up with firewood. That means wood that is too try to smolder. No smolder means no smoke. No smoke means no flavor.

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