If you’re a barbecue lover who’s always looking to capture an amazing smokey flavor in your food, you need to know this trick.
All you’ll need is some wood chips, a pair of tongs, a large metal pot to boil water and a few mason jars. When it comes to the wood chips, make sure you steer clear from cedar chips. They can produce a toxic smoke that can poison you, so opt for woods like Hickory or Alder instead.
First, load up the chips into the jar and fill them up with water. This is only an initial soak to wash out impurities, so you’ll want to leave it for two or three hours. Then, you’ll just need to strain the wood chips and set them aside.
Next, you’ll want to sterilize your mason jars. Boil hot water in a large tub and put a rack at the bottom or some sort of barrier that the jars can rest on. If you don’t, the jars are likely to hit the bottom of the pot and have a better chance of cracking from the heat.
You’ll want them to be under about two inches of water for at least 10 minutes to kill any germs.
Take the jars out with a pair of tongs, then empty the pan and refill it with water – you’ll use it again shortly.
Take your jars and fill them about three-quarters full with wood chips. Ladle your boiling water into the jars until it’s close to half an inch from the top. Screw on the lids, but not too tightly. You want some air to be able to escape out of the jar.
Grab your tongs and lower the filled jar into your boiling water. Keep them in for about fifteen minutes, then remove. Let cool, then label with what type of wood chip is inside.
When you want to barbecue, all you need to do is drain out the excess water and throw your wood chips in the fire. You’ll get wood with an amazing scent that will give you an awesome smokey flavor.
For more info on how to pre-soak your wood chips, check out the full tutorial at Instructables.