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Jul 13, 2008 11:34 AM

Woods for grilling and smoking

Is almond wood good for flavor in grilling? I've heard of many woods and chips (Mesquite, hickory, applewood, cherry wood, etc.), but don't recall hearing much about almond.

A friend cut down a bunch of his almond trees and I was wondering if they would make a good flavor for grilling chicken, maybe add a little rosemary to infuse in the smoke flavor.

Anyone done this? Or does it sound like a possibility of good flavor?

Thanks for any knowledge about this.

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  1. no first hand knowledge but some web searching leads me to believe that this is a very good smoking wood. similar to pecan. let us know if you try and results.

    1. Depending on what you are smoking I would say this wood is great for smoking. Almond for obvious reasons will impart a nutty flavor and also very sweet. Another of my favorites would be apple. Pecan is very similar to the Almond but because of the availability of these woods you don't hear of them as often.

      1. Oh yeah. Almond smokes nicely. Just make sure that the chunks are large enough to do the job (wood chips really aren't very effective) and that you soak the wood adequately before adding it to the smoker. If you need an outline to work from in the future you might find it helpful to print out this page:

        and make a place for it in your recipe collections area.

        1. Thanks for responses so far. I try to search the web and get some info, but I always appreciate the Chowhounds experience and wisdom.
          I read that almond wood burns slow and hot.
          Can you tell I'm a newbie at smoking woods?
          Any info is appreciated.
          There's a whole boatload of dried Almond wood at my friend's home and he was just going to toss it.

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