MSP...Where Can I Buy Chunk Hardwood for Smoking / Grilling?
- g rote May 8, 2008 07:41 PM
I got a brand new 2-chamber smoker bbq grill, and I want to do some slow-smoked meats this weekend. Looking for either oak or apple. What's a good place to go for quality grilling hardwoods in lieu of charcoal? West Metro preferred.
Having just completed a search of the west metro, I can tell you that it will
be easy to find hickory or mesquite chunks at Home Depot, Menards or Gander
Mountain. Gander Mountain also has a variety of wood chips (maple, apple, cherry),
but I don't find those to be terribly useful with my Weber Smoky Mountain.
For fruit wood chunks, I wound up ordering from Hawgeyes BBQ
(hawgeyesbbq.com). Pricing was OK, not great, but I was desperate for
some apple and peach chunks.
Hackenmueller's in Robbinsdale has a pretty broad selection of woods, in addition to the standard Hickory and Mesquite. (And great sausages to boot) I've definately seen Apple there, and they may have Oak as well. You could try giving them a call before heading over.
There was a company at the Minnesota State Fair that had an even wider selection, and also offered bbq classes, but I can't think of the name for the life of me.
I think it's The Outdoor Cooking Store in WBL that is at the State Fair. They also make a market in charcoal. As intimated, you may need only a few water soaked small pieces to get the flavor you are looking for. FWIW, tho I have a 1 chamber grill, I use just a small handful of pieces for a chicken, and that is just in the 1st hour of a 2 hour cook.
At above's cooking class, they recommend for a brisket 6 hours on the smoker, then finish it off in the oven for a similar time, if I remember.
I was at Midtown Global Market today and noticed that right across from the cash register at Callister (ie., in the aisle between Callister and the produce stand--Farm in the Market, I think it's called) is a little display of chunk wood: Mequite, Pecan, Hickory, and Applewood $8.69/bag. I don't know if that's West enough for you...
Stopped @ Hackenmuller's on the way home. Gawt Damn! They have Cherry, Apple, Alder, Oak, Mesquite, Hickory, Pecan...and IIRC it was about $8 per bag. I also got a lb of their house smoked bacon, house made brats, some spicy sticks and a package of Italian Sausage. Will be going back to them whenever I want prime beef cuts for home use. what a great butcher.
re: g rote
Good choices at Hackenmueller's. The Brats are outstanding (especially if you cook them over lump charcoal). Dara Moskowitz also raved about the "yard sausage" a couple of years ago.
Don't forget that there's a Wuollet's a few doors down from Hackenmueller's. That block can really do wonders for your next picnic.