Ideally, meats, poultry, and fish are best smoked with a temperature range of 180°-225°F. Always remember to bring the internal temperature of the animal protein to the recommended internal temperature (as recommended by the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service) to ensure it is safe for consumption (ground meats and meat mixtures like for sausage: 160° F, fresh beef, veal & lamb: 145° F, poultry: 165° F, pork and ham: fresh items 145° F, pre-cooked items 140° F, Seafood items with fins: 145° F).
Why does smoker hardwood work so well in fire cooking? Because hardwood contains organic compounds, over a 100 of them, with 3 key compounds: cellulose (40-60% composition), hemi-celluose (20-30% composition) and lignin (20-30% composition). It is the lignin, a phenol compound, that gives wood-fired foods distinct flavour, aroma, and colour! The added benefit: it protects foods from bacteria. Smoke is the visible gas derived from the combustion of the wood. Each hardwood will react differently to the food or beverage item exposed to smoke vapor and produces a unique flavour, aroma, and colour to foods. There really is no true descriptor for each wood flavouring. Instead, we guide you on the boldness of the flavour.
Here is our Hardwood culinary offerings listed in order from mildest to boldest of flavour:
TIP: A little goes a long way. Remember to start with small quantities (about 6-8 ounces depending on the equipment) and add wood gradually as needed.
Superior Product… Superior Outcome! For all wood-fired techniques including braai, smoking, grilling, coal cooking, ember fired, cold smoking, and stove top smoking.