Weber 17005 Apple Wood Chunks, 5-Pound
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- One of the most popular cooking woods
- Apple wood chips creates less dense smoke
- Fruity flavor benefits pork and poultry
- Adds wood smoke flavor to your favorite foods
- 5-Pound bag
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Wood chunks are great for adding wood smoke flavor to foods, or they can be the perfect alternative to charcoal briquettes as a heat source for grilling. Apple wood gives a slightly sweet, fruity smoke flavor that is great for poultry, game birds and pork (especially ham).
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Apple: Slightly sweet but denser, fruity smoke flavor. The strongest flavor of all the fruitwoods. Beef, poultry, game birds, pork (particularly ham)
Pecan: Sweet and mild with a flavor similar to hickory but not as strong. Tasty with a subtle character an all-around superior smoking wood. Good for most things including poultry, beef, pork and cheese. Pecan is the best for that beautiful golden-brown turkey.
With that said, I decided on apple wood and pecan wood. After shopping around locally (and comparing to Amazon while shopping), I found that the wood chunks were cheaper than my local stores.
Unlike other reviewers, both bags of wood (apple and pecan 5-pounders) that I received were nice sized chunks and nowhere near the size of "chips" like they stated. Of course those reviews were back in 2010 and 2011. So maybe Weber improved the quality of their content over time.
Bag weighed in at 5 pounds 6 oz.
The bag says it's 360 cu. in, not really sure how that is measured since it's a bunch of chunks of wood.
My bag had one large piece. a couple pieces about 2/3 the size of a can of soda. Then there was a series of medium size pieces and then a set of small chips.
Overall it's a good mix and you should get a 2-3 good smokes with the bag.
Around here we can't get Pecan wood in a bag, so this is a good value.
The wood was plenty dry and ready to use. There was one piece that had bark on it that I had to remove.,but that's to be expected. I opened another brand that I had that was Apple wood and it had 5 pieces that I had to remove the bark from.
If you're looking for a ready to use bag with little prep and a decent smoke this is the one to try. I'll be back for more...
I'm impressed with the lack of tiny pieces in the bag and the relative uniformity of the wood chunk sizes overall. I will definitely order it again when I run low.
What works well is to have a light apple smoke flavor, and even though it does not seem like much, one or two chunks can give off plenty of flavor. The aroma and taste are light and fruity and a little sweet, as you'd expect, not repulsive like mesquite can be when overdone.
Note that for wood chunks, you do not need to soak them. In fact, if you soak a wood chunk for an hour or two, and cut it open, you will find the water barely penetrates the surface of the wood. Let it burn naturally for the best flavor.
My only complaint now is the neighbors lining up with plates at the back door whenever I smoke a few big steamin' hunks of pork...