Do you know how to make your own smoking chips? Well, when it comes to anything in life I try to save money. I also love to do DIY projects specifically when it pertains to anything related to wood. So, when I recently saw that my local apple orchard had bins of apple wood for sale, I decided to pick up a bin of this fruit wood so that I could use it while grilling on my Weber grills and while using my new offset smoker, the Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition. If you ever wondered how to make your own smoking chips, this article will give you the steps and, to be honest, it's pretty straightforward and there's no real mystery to it.
We live in the White Mountains area of New Hampshire and what's so great about this area is that wood is important in many different ways.
Whole logs are used for the multitude of log cabins in the area, wood is one of the primary sources of heat for homes, and there are many BBQ enthusiasts in the area who use local woods for smoking meats. The image to the left shows you one of the bins that I picked up at my local orchard.
After piling them up in back of my Honda CRV (I have pickup truck envy), I headed home to my house in the woods. When I got home I stacked the apple wood pieces next to my 4 cord wood pile in a separate area containing wood I'll only use for grilling and barbecue, and not for my fireplace. I grabbed a couple of branches that were very dry and decided to make my own smoke wood chips from this wonderful apple.
We always buy our wood chips at a local big box store but I figured for the small amount I paid for the apple wood at the orchard, I could easily make my own smoke wood chips and help others learn how to make your own smoking chips and save money at the same time! The following images show how I did it and also shows me using them in my Weber grill when I indirect grill my barbecue chicken.
How to Make your own Smoking Chips
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The smoke flavor that my DIY apple smoke wood chips added to our barbecue chicken was phenomenal. I hope you use this article to help you learn how to make your own smoking chips because it's fun and it saves you some money!
If you want to read about how I barbecue a whole chicken on a Weber grill check out this article. Believe me, I think my wife and I have mastered this indirect grilling technique as the chicken is the best we have tried anywhere, if we say so ourselves 🙂
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