The Best Wood for Smoking Turkey and Ham: Different Types of Woods for Smoking

When smoking a turkey or ham, you want to use the best wood possible to infuse the meat with flavor. Different woods impart different flavors, so it’s important to choose the right one. This blog post at Bourbon O will discuss the different types of wood that can be used for smoking turkey and ham and will help you select the best one for your dish. So, whether you’re a first-time smoker or a seasoned pro, read on for some tips on how to smoke your next Thanksgiving or Christmas feast!

How to Smoke a Turkey or Ham

There are 2 methods of smoking meat, hot and cold.  If you’re new to smoking meats, it is recommended that you start with the hot method since the smoker comes into direct contact with the food being smoked. The smoke infuses into the meat as it cooks. This will give you an amazing flavor profile in your dish! When using the cold method, there must be some type of heat source for cooking (like an oven), so it can be more difficult for beginners. For this blog post, we’ll be discussing how to use wood chips for smoking turkey and ham using the hot method of smoking.

Use Hickory Wood Chips

First things first if you want your meat smoky and delicious, you will need to use hickory wood chips. There are a few different types of hickory that can be used for smoking, including the shagbark variety that is found in North Carolina. Don’t let its gnarled appearance fool you though—it’s actually one of the largest producers of great smoky flavor! When using this type of wood for smoking meat, it is best to soak your wood chips before adding them to the smoker. This makes sure they burn slowly and infuse the food with their rich flavor without burning too hot or fast.

When barbecuing, most people think about beef burgers and sausages as foods that require a strong smoke flavor. However, turkey and ham have just as much potential to be infused with amazing flavor through the use of smoke. While beef is best smoked with mesquite wood, it doesn’t give off the same “flavor bomb” you get when using hickory.

Traeger Grills Hickory Hardwood Pellets Grill

Traeger Grills Hickory Hardwood Pellets Grill

The best wood-fired grill on the market demands quality pellets. Real taste doesn’t just happen, it’s tied to American mills and achieved through perfect smoke production for a full-bodied burger or steak with bold flavor that will leave your friends asking “What are you eating? This food tastes so good! How did they do this?”

Traeger Pellets provide all-natural hardwood fuel in order to create authentic BBQ flavors from beef chicken pork & veggies while enhancing their assertive nature behind one of the most popular choices among classic grills users across America today.

For turkey and ham, maple wood chips are one of the best options. You may not think so at first because maple is often used in sweet dishes for its subtle sweetness, but when combined with other flavors like savory turkey or smoky ham, this mild-tasting type of wood melds into the background. For this reason alone, it’s perfect for smoking meat since it won’t overpower your dish. However, if you’re looking to infuse only a subtle hint of flavor into your turkey or ham, maple wood chips aren’t the best choice.

When you think of fruit, often apples and pears come to mind, but there are many other types of fruit that can be used for smoking meats. And why not? The fruit grows on trees! One option is cherry wood. This type of hardwood gives off a slightly sweet flavor when smoked with meat. It sends out little fruity notes without overwhelming the flavor profile or taking over the dish entirely as an apple does.

Different Types of Wood Chips for Smoking Turkey

As mentioned before, there are many different types of woods that can be used for smoking meat because they all impart unique flavors into food; this blog will discuss some particular types below:

Cherry Wood

One type of wood people often think of when smoking meat is apple, but cherry gives off a slightly sweeter flavor.

Our suggestion: Best cherry wood for smoking turkey

Weber 17139 Cherry Wood Chunks
Weber 17139 Cherry Wood Chunks
Weber 17139 Cherry Wood Chunks

The Weber 17139 Cherry Wood Chunks are ideal for smoking all of your favorite meats and vegetables. These chunks will give you a subtle fruity flavor that goes great with fish, poultry – pork, or vegetable dishes.

These beautiful, natural hardwood planks are not only richly colored but pack a big punch when it comes to flavor too – try adding some roasted vegetables just before serving up this incredible meal idea that will have everyone asking where they can get more!

Oklahoma Joe’s Cherry Wood Smoker Chips
Oklahoma Joe's Cherry Wood Smoker Chips
Oklahoma Joe’s Cherry Wood Smoker Chips

Oklahoma Joe’s cherry wood chips are perfect for adding that mild fruity flavor to meats like fish, pork, or poultry. The all-natural product is made from beautifully-crafted pieces of domestic hardwood which have been kiln dried and filtered through an alcohol process before being packaged in sealable packages so they stay fresh longer!

Apple Wood

As mentioned before, applewood has a sweet flavor that is perfect for smoking poultry and pork.

Our suggestion: Best apple wood for smoking turkey

Oklahoma Joe’s Apple Wood Smoker Chips

Oklahoma Joe’s Apple Wood Smoker Chips

Oklahoma Joe’s Apple Wood Chips are the best way to add fruity flavor to your meats like pork and poultry. For use with smokers, electric grills, or gas/charcoal fires they will provide that special something extra you’re looking for when it comes time cook up some delicious food! Made of all-natural wood chips these 39 cubic inch packs have been around since 1968 making them one old reliable company that knows their stuff well enough not only can I trust them but also my family does too – which says everything right there.

Oklahoma Joe's Apple Wood Smoker Chips
Oklahoma Joe’s Apple Wood Smoker Chips
The Andersons Midwest Smokehouse Applewood
The Andersons Midwest Smokehouse Applewood
The Andersons Midwest Smokehouse Applewood

The all-natural applewood corn cob smoking pellets made in the U.S.A., without any fillers or binding agents; they’re renewable material that is sustainably sourced! Designed to work with your grill (whether it be gas, electric smokers) as well as other types like pellet grills and charcoal chimneys too – giving you better flavor every time while keeping cleanups low ash content so there’s no need for frequent cleaning saves money on utility bills too.

Maple Wood Chips

While maple is often thought of as being mild-tasting, it actually has somewhat of a smoky characteristic to its flavor profile. It doesn’t stand out as much as hickory does though which makes it ideal for smoking turkey and ham without overpowering the dish with too strong of a smoke flavor.

Our suggestion: Best maple wood for smoking turkey

Bear Mountain BBQ Maple Hardwood Pellet
Bear Mountain BBQ Maple Hardwood Pellet
Bear Mountain BBQ Maple Hardwood Pellet

The next time you’re looking for a new rub to spice up your food, consider Bear Mountain BBQ Maple Wood. This all-natural hardwood has been specially selected and sanded by our team of experts so that it will provide the perfect mix between mild sweetness with smoky flavors—making any dish more interesting than before! Infuse these robust spices into meats (or even vegetables), fish/poultry dishes; use on its own as is or add some extra heat if desired by applying directly from stick form under cooking conditions.

Napoleon Maple Wood Chips
Napoleon Maple Wood Chips
Napoleon Maple Wood Chips

Napoleon Maple Wood Chips have naturally sourced kiln-dried hardwood sugar maples. The smoking chips add light and sweet flavor to food that is best suited for bacon or ham dishes as it goes well with poultry/fish too! 

You can use these little guys in your smoker pipes on gas grills but they’re also great when used inside of boxes (or trays) placed over heat sources like stovetop burners – just make sure you point them away from anything precious because their liquid center could ignite easily otherwise.

Mesquite Wood Chips

Mesquite wood can be an intense flavor so it’s best to use this type of wood sparingly. However, if you love intense flavors and spicy food, this type of wood works well with beef (and other types of meat).

Pecan Wood

Pecans are always delicious, so it’s no surprise that they can be used to smoke meats too. This type of wood is best to use when cooking game birds like quail and pheasant because it complements their flavor nicely.

Mulberry Wood

Mulberry trees produce sweet fruit that pairs well with desserts. It also goes well with poultry and pork since its sweet notes balance out savory flavors very well without overpowering the dish. And don’t worry—it doesn’t just complement savory flavors; it has enough sweetness to go well even with sweeter dishes too!

Oak Wood Chips

Oak gives off a strong smoky flavor that’s perfect for anything from beef to lamb.

Our suggestion: Best oak wood for smoking turkey

Traeger Grills PEL310 Oak Wood
Traeger Grills PEL310 Oak Wood
Traeger Grills PEL310 Oak Wood

The Traeger Oak Hardwood Pellets are great for naturally enhancing everything from beef to fish with a mild, nutty flavor. This product will not only improve your food’s taste but also help keep its natural color and aroma alive!

Camerons Smoking Chips
Camerons Smoking Chips
Camerons Smoking Chips

Oak Chunks are perfect for barbecuing. They light quickly, smoke beautifully, and produce a delicate smoky flavor that goes great with poultry or beef but can also be used to cook game like pork lamb chops. The coarser cut will create more of an intense aroma when burning than wood chunk brands such as sawdust do so it’s important you know what kind of your preferences lie before buying them!

Walnut Wood Chips

Another tree-grown food is nuts, and walnuts are a great option when smoking meat because the flavors work well with so many other types of foods. This type of wood can be used with both beef and poultry.

In addition to chips, you can also use wooden planks when smoking meats. Wooden planks come in different varieties including alder, maple, cherry, lemon, mesquite, and oak. They’re best used with red meat recipes, but they work well for seafood too. The final verdict? You shouldn’t ever have a problem finding woods that will pair nicely with your favorite meats!

Conclusion: 

If you want to smoke a turkey or ham, there are many types of wood that can be used. You have seen our list and now it is time to try one out for yourself! We hope this article has been helpful in your search for the best type of wood to use when smoking meat so you can enjoy all the flavors from around the world. Visit Bourbon O Shop now for more cool kitchen appliances!

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