BBQ oak chips/chunks?
I'm grilling a Santa Maria-style tri-tip for the 4th and I'd really like to find someplace in the Bay Area (the closer to Berkeley the better) where I can get oak chips or chunks for smoking purposes. Everywhere I go seems to have hickory and mesquite and apple and that's it. I realize this is completely last minute but can anybody help? Post-4th posts would be welcome. (This is posted on the Home Cooking board as well - hope that's OK)
You might give Fessenden Firewood in Richmond a call.
686 S 30th St, Richmond, CA 94804
The traditional Santa Maria Style is flamed over walnut wood, then finish over slow, closed fire of pecan or fruitwood. Especially Tri Tip roast loves this and so will you. I am sure most of the place mentioned will carry these woods.. I grew up on SM Q.
Don't forget the pinquito beans..have fun!
Walmart carries (I assume most locations)
Jack Daniels Oak chips
Hickory and Mesquite Chunks
Hickory, Mesquite, Apple and Cherry chips.
I did some the other week searing on a gas grill with a hickory smoke finish and it was nice and mellow. Also, did some on a charcoal grill using some oak wine-barrel pieces. At first seemed a little acrid, but after I sliced the meat and it sat a little bit in the juices, the acridity mellowed out for a really nice smokiness.
To Lori SF- Many of the recipes I have seen for Santa Maria say oak wood- perhaps there is some wiggle room?
P.Punko- always room for wiggle room but I wanted to point out the orginal proper way of the Santa Maria BBQ- which I heartly can say if I know anything I know this. It was a tradition in my family and friends growing up. I am from Santa Barbara and our other family shared home in Santa Maria early 70-80's. My family were BBQ masters and put the technique on the map. So yes other wood chips can be used. But I know the difference. Also, if it's tri-tip we are speaking of there are only two marinades.
Why not get the right chips don't rush it and the difference is so much better.
A word of caution here. Many boxes of fireplace wood contain other items in addition to oak, like pine. Please be sure to check the contents before going this route. Also, unless the OP has a woodchipper or at least a chainsaw, I'm not too sure this tactic would be worth the effort for wood chips.