Have you been looking for the right wood for smoking your BBQ? Did you try some kinds of wood and find that they didn’t quite match what you were hoping for? Sure, you could try any number of woods but, there’s one that stands out from the rest: almond wood. There are a number of reasons that so many folks use almond wood for cooking, smoking, and more.
“Good With All Meats”
That’s what almond wood is. If you’ve got a kind of meat in mind, almond wood is perfect for smoking with it. You don’t have to take our word for that, however. “The Spruce Eats,” a site that’s been around for more than 25 years that is “here to meet cooks wherever you are, and to show you the way,” said exactly that about how to “Choose the Right Wood for your Smoker.” Indeed, their exact words were “almond gives a nutty, sweet flavor that is good with all meats. Almond is similar to pecan.” If you’re looking to add a bit of sweetness to your smoke, we’ve got you covered.
“Flavorful and Sustainable”
Maybe you’ve heard of “Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse” and maybe you haven’t. It’s a small steakhouse chain, as of this writing, there are ten restaurant locations. They serve excellent BBQ because, in part, they use “almond wood in all 10 of (their) restaurant locations where (they) grill all (their) steaks, chops, ribs, and seafood over an open fire.” Indeed, their owner said: “it’s not unusual for us to have guests ask us, ‘What’s Tahoe Joe’s secret ingredient?’ because they’re trying to figure out that one special taste they can’t quite figure out. That’s the almond wood.”
That entire article is revelatory in how it describes what almond wood can do for BBQ. It says that Tahoe Joe’s “decision to use almond was only partly influenced by flavor.” Indeed, as the owner goes on to say “meats sear to a beautiful crust over the high heat of almond wood, and almond’s sweet smokiness just blends perfectly into that tender juiciness all beef lovers appreciate.”
The flavor is, of course, when it comes to BBQ, perhaps the most important consideration. Yet, it is rarely the only one. For example, at Tahoe JOe’s “while flavor alone would have been enough of a reason to choose almond, it is also a matter of sustainability that made almond the signature wood of the restaurant chain.”
Almond Wood for Cooking, Smoking, and More
The truth is that you don’t need to have your own restaurant chain, or site full of professional cooks, to be able to appreciate what almond wood can do for your smoker. Here at Knotty Wood, you can find almond pellets that will make your meat exactly what you want it to be. To see all that we offer, head to our site or, alternatively, you can find our products at Home Depot as well.
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