We Believe…

Hardwoods for cooking/smoked BBQ should be bark-free.

Why? When the bark combusts it does so in variable levels, producing a short burst of elevated temperature. Chemical air pollutant particles are the culprit.  They settle into the outer bark layer.  Here are some examples:

  • ethyl ether – a common laboratory solvent as well as a starter fluid component
  • dichloromethane – common compound used in paint strippers and degreasers as well as to decaffeinate coffees and teas
  • calcium oxalate crystals – a calcium salt found in plant materials with a link to kidney stones in humans.

Bark harbors impurities and can leave a distinct taste difference in foods cooked over bark-on woods.

smoked bbq should be from hardwood only
best smoking wood comes from native hardwood trees

Wood used for cooking/smoked BBQ should be hardwoods only.

Why? Softwoods or coniferous woods should never be used for smoked BBQ and wood cooking. They have elevated sap levels and more air in their cell structure which causes them to burn fast, hot, produce lots of spark, and produce unpleasant flavours.  That makes them less than ideal for flavouring foods. Let’s be clear on what softwood should never be used:

Hardwoods for cooking and smoked BBQ should be harvested from stands that are in forest areas, free of chemicals.

Why?  It is well documented that the smoke from hardwood is influenced more from the soil composition (Terroir) and climate than the actual species selected for smoked BBQ wood-fired cooking.

Beware of Orchard Woods

When wood is harvested from orchards or nurseries, it’s apparent that they have been sprayed with pesticides and chemical preservatives or enhancers.  Go chemical-free when you wood-fire cook with a pure product.

smoked bbq chunks should come from forest fresh hardwood trees
smoked bbq is at its best from wood that is bark-free

The wrong wood choice can be a risk to your health.

Why?  Wood is like a sponge.  It is designed to absorb impurities that circulate in the air, soil bed, and water system.  Just like with fruit from a fruit tree, the wood absorbs the pesticides that are applied to the trees.  Eat a non-organic apple (keep in mind organic items also are exposed to pesticides but usually these are natural derivatives and not synthetic), wash it, and you will still absorb any pesticide that has been absorbed into the actual fruit meat. 

Be Aware of Tree Pesticide Usage

Same is true for the tree.  Pesticide applications embed into the soil base of the tree, which then enters the root system, and is on the way to the other parts of the tree.  Now let’s be clear, pesticides can also become air born as they turn into a vapor and travel with air.  Bark of any tree is a great absorber of these air particles.  Once pesticides enter the human body, they are stored in the colon.

Make A Healthy Choice

SmokinLicious® takes your health into account which is why we are the only cooking wood company to seek and receive Kosher certification.  That makes smoked BBQ a healthier event when you use our products!

Hardwoods for smoked BBQ and fire cooking should be dust-free.

Why? Wood dust is an irritant.  How people react to the dust is dependent on each person’s immune system.  You should make every attempt to purchase wood for cooking that is clean of dust, particularly when purchasing wood chips.  Often sellers of wood chips don’t screen the product sold and you can often end up with a bag or box full of wood dust.  This will certainly aggravate most respiratory systems and potentially could exacerbate already compromised systems.

Just as with the clean food concept which focuses on minimally processed foods and as direct from nature as possible, SmokinLicious® holds to the same approach.


Sourcing wood from forest regions (direct from nature) that are in close proximity to our manufacturing facility, provides us with the unique advantage to process the woods into the various cooking products.  Of course, these woods must still meet our strict criteria: 100% bark-free (we don’t allow any bark-on product to cross our threshold), 100% heartwood (no outer cores of the tree cross our threshold), harvested hardwood that is less than 6 months of age (ensures this is still a “green” product), chemical-free (no pesticide or growth enhancement techniques employed), and in raw state to allow us to process it into a suitable cooking wood size.

smoked bbq wood should be dust free
Uses only 100% bark-free, USDA compliant woods- allowing for shipments worldwide! Sourcing of woods variable with no guarantee of species OR consistent supply of purchased variety of wood
ONLY uses HARDWOODS - no softwoods, press woods, wood fillers, or discarded/waste woods Waste woods, mixed softwood and hardwood, potential for treated woods could be mixed in to their saleable products
NO diseased wood products ever used - We use the harvested trees within 3 months Often sells to multiple industries from the same website with no indication that the product used for "cooking" is any different than the product used to clean up spills! You never know how old that product is!
We only manufacture for the "cooking" industry Often these suppliers offer the same wood to industries like animal testing facilities, janitorial services (cleaning agent), sand blasting businesses, without any change in their manufacturing or sanitation procedures
Products are manufactured from forest grown trees so there is no concern for pesticide/chemical exposure May NOT be the manufacturer of the product, just a supplier, with no knowledge of where the wood comes from and if any chemicals have been used
Kosher certification ensures our clean processes-nothing ever touches an unclean surface Since the business focus may not be on cooking, the wood may have been left in a waste pile, with outdoor exposure, increasing the risk for pest infestation, absorption of chemical properties from the ground, and other contamination
We can customize the moisture level for the specific equipment and cooking technique- "no one moisture level fits all" concept Air or kiln drying of the wood depleting the moisture level to below 10% resulting in destruction of the organic compounds responsible for flavor, limiting the wood's use in cooking
A custom screening process of our wood chips that ensures the elimination of all wood flour (the cause of most equipment failures!) Wood chip product usually collected from a grinding operation that is collected outside, exposed to the elements, then scrapped up with heavy equipment bringing in dirt, dust, and anything else that came in contact with the pile