Here at True Texas Pits, we are often asked which woods we recommend cooking with when using a reverse flow or offset smoker. This isn’t a simple question to answer as it all depends on the meat you’re cooking and the flavor you want to achieve. For example, if you aren’t a fan of a heavy smoke flavor, Oak may not be the right choice for you. Some woods such as apple and cherry will add a slightly sweet and fruity flavor to your smoked BBQ. Smoking with other woods, such as mesquite, will give you a bold earthy flavor. We recommend experimenting with different woods and meats in your new smoker to find what you like best. Look through the chart below to help get you started. Fortunately, if you’re like us, experimenting with your smoker will always be an enjoyable¬†event. We will warn you though, once your neighbors get wind of the delicious smokey aromas coming from your new True Texas Pit, they’re sure to invite themselves over as often as you’ll let them. If they’re good neighbors, perhaps they’ll bring you over a cold beverage in exchange for delicious barbecue. They’ll of course be on the winning end of this backyard deal every time.


MesquiteBold and earthy flavorBeef, Burgers, Pork, Poultry, Vegetables, Fish
HickorySweet to strong and smoky flavorPork, Beef, Ham, Brisket, Ribs
PecanSweet and mild flavorBeef, Steak, Game Birds, Poultry
CherrySubtly sweet and fruity flavorPork, Poultry, Lamb, Ham, Burgers, Beef
AlderSubtly sweet with a light smokey flavorFish, Pork, Small Game Birds, Poultry
OakHeavy smoke flavorBeef, Ribs, Fish, Brisket, Heavy Game
AppleSlightly sweet and fruity flavorPoultry, Pork, Game Birds, Ham, Lamb


Don’t have a pit from True Texas Pits yet? Check out our standard offset smokers here. If you prefer slower smoked BBQ, check out our reverse flow BBQ smokers here.