Hickory wood has become one of the most popular hardwoods for cooking in the country for its strong, smoky aroma. It goes especially well with meats like pork ribs.
You might have been cooking with hickory for years, but how much do you know about hickory?
Though many refer to any type of hickory as a singular wood, hickories are a big family — with many varieties.
B&B produces a unique blend of different hickories in its hickory products, all of which will help you impart lots of rich flavor into your food. When people imagine the taste of BBQ food, it’s often hickory that comes to mind.
There is a wide range of B&B hickory-blend products, from BBQ Grill Wood to Lump Charcoal to Pellet Grill Fuel. If you love the strong smoke flavor that comes from firing up some hickory wood outdoors, B&B has a fuel source for you.
The family of B&B hickory products is about to get bigger, too. Coming soon are two new additions to our lineup of hickory products: Smoking Wood Chips and Smoking Wood Chunks.
Many Types of Hickory
Though many refer to any type of hickory as a singular wood, hickories are a big family — with many varieties. B&B offers a unique blend of different hickories that will help you impart lots of rich flavor into your food.
In North America alone there are 16 different species of hickory, with the most abundant being the shagbark (Carya ovata), according to Wood Magazine. Other species of hickory include pignut, swamp, pecan, water, bitternut, and mockernut.
The size of hickory trees varies greatly and they grow naturally all over the Eastern United States, from South to North, according to the American Hardwood Export Council. Some can grow as high as 140 feet.
In the American South, the hickory trees that bear pecan nuts are often simply called pecan trees. Whether they produce fruit or not, hickories are used far and wide for cooking, heat and manufacturing. Tool handles are commonly made from hickory wood because of its strength and ability to absorb shock.
Make sure to check out our wide range of hickory-blend cooking fuel so you can take part in all the flavor that hickory has to offer at your next cook.