19 Best Wood Chips For Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 

So you have your Masterbuilt setup and you want to cook up some delicious ribs, but you have no idea which wood chips to use.

Sound familiar? 

Well don't worry because we have complied the opinions from Pit Masters and come up with this guide. 

APPLE

This is one of my favorites! Great with pork or as an accent for beef (try adding a little Mesquite wood with it for a nice blend).

Most of the fruity woods are great for pork… and apple is no exception. Apple wood is very mild with a subtle fruity flavor and slightly sweet. It is a good wood to use with poultry as well.

APRICOT

This is somewhat similar to Hickory but a bit more mild and a little sweeter. Much like Hickory, it works with most types of meat.

ASH

Very mild aroma and is pretty darn good with fish. Some use it with red meats as well.

BEECH

Yeah… never used beech so i would love to hear your feedback on this. I am told that it is a seafood favorite.

PreviewProductRatingPrice
Weber 17905 Beech Wood Smoker Chips, 3-Pound Weber 17905 Beech Wood Smoker Chips, 3-Pound 36 Reviews $29.99

BIRCH

Not as easy to find as maple, but similar, yet subtle flavor. It really compliments poultry as well as game birds like duck, grouse or pheasant. 

Not too shabby when used with pork ribs… if you can find it, buy some!

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Birchwood Chunks Birchwood Chunks 1 Reviews $35.50

CEDAR

Cedar is rarely (if ever?) used as a “smoking” wood … but is very common as a platform when cooking fish. 

Place your fillet on your cedar plank and grill low and slow. I would personally never use cedar in my smoker’s wood bin.

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GrillPro 00275 Cedar Wood Chips GrillPro 00275 Cedar Wood Chips 67 Reviews $9.56 from $4.27

CHERRY

Now this here is a wood you should always have in your stockpile! It is a sweet addition for your pork! 

The wood is fruity and mild. It is also makes a great accent for beef and poultry.

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WESTERN 28066 Cherry Smoking Chips for BBQ WESTERN 28066 Cherry Smoking Chips for BBQ 1,590 Reviews $5.99 from $2.33

MESQUITE

Very strong and somewhat earthy flavor. It is really a great complement to beef, fish, turkey, chicken, and other most game meats.

A 50/50 Mix of Cherry & Hickory makes a nice blend for Turkey

HICKORY

Perhaps the most common wood for smoking and considered by some to be “the King” of smoking woods. 

Sweet to strong, heavy bacon flavor. Good with pork, ham and beef.

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WESTERN 78075 Hickory BBQ Smoking Chips WESTERN 78075 Hickory BBQ Smoking Chips 1,590 Reviews $9.23

LILAC

Not a common wood to find in stores but a very nice floral smoke that works well with fish and other seafood or lamb.

MAPLE

I have not used regular maple a bunch but it is a very mild type of wood. Poultry and pork benefit from its mellow and slightly sweet flavor.

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WW Wood inc WESTERN 28067 Maple BBQ Smoking Chips WW Wood inc WESTERN 28067 Maple BBQ Smoking Chips 1,590 Reviews $11.88 from $2.33

OAK

If Hickory is the King, Oak might just be the Queen. Oak presents a very heavy smoke flavor and is very good with red meat and wild game and is also quite popular with pork and fish. 

It is a favorite among pit-masters when cooking brisket. If you want to be a Tailgate Master… you should keep some oak on hand.

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WESTERN 78077 Oak BBQ Smoking Chips WESTERN 78077 Oak BBQ Smoking Chips 1,590 Reviews $6.99

OLIVE

Olive the other woods are very jealous…and used to laugh and call it names. No? Well in truth, the smokey favor of Olive is pretty similar to mesquite, but distinctly lighter. 

It is simply a wonderful wood when paired with poultry. Try making a whole smoked chicken using Olive… you will be glad you did.

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Jansal Valley Olive Wood Chips, 32 Ounce Jansal Valley Olive Wood Chips, 32 Ounce 2 Reviews $9.99

ORANGE

I’ve never met a dead pig that didn’t love being paired with orange wood. It has a great and mild smoky flavor with just the right amount of citrus. 

Nothing wrong with using it with fish or as an added accent with duck or chicken either.

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WESTERN 80695 Orange Smoking Chips WESTERN 80695 Orange Smoking Chips 44 Reviews from $59.99

PEACH

Another great wood for pork… also works pretty darn good on most other meats including chicken, turkey and fish.

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Western 28070 Peach Smoking Chips 2 Pound Bag Western 28070 Peach Smoking Chips 2 Pound Bag 1,590 Reviews $6.99

PEAR

Nice and subtle flavor of smoke very similar to apple. Woodsy and slightly sweet. It is paired best with pork, poultry and other game birds.

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CharcoalStore Pear Smoking Wood Chips (Large) 2 pounds CharcoalStore Pear Smoking Wood Chips (Large) 2 pounds No ratings yet $12.99

PECAN

OH MY GOODNESS! Pecan is great with pork and poultry. (some people swear it is great for cheese and who am I to argue?). 

I love the mild, subtle flavor and often pair it with a citrus wood to enhance a ham or pork ribs…. and don’t even get me started on pork chops. YUM!

PreviewProductRatingPrice
WESTERN 80768 Pecan Smoking Chips WESTERN 80768 Pecan Smoking Chips 1,590 Reviews $10.18 from $1.88

SUGAR MAPLE

Golly Gee Howdy! 

This is one great wood to use for pork. A little bit harder to find but it has a great sweet subtle flavor that compliments pork like no other wood does. Great for baby back ribs!

WALNUT

Very Strong Smoke: I like this best when mixed with other lighter woods (like the citrus ones). Works well with red meats and big game like elk or moose or bear.

Woods Not To Use

Don’t use pine, or any type of “Evergreen” for that matter… Cyprus, fir and spruce have sap in them and are not so good for smoking. They do not enhance the flavor and may even make some people sick. 

Cedar and redwood are also bad. Don’t use scrap lumber, treated wood or anything that may have been painted. They can contain toxins.

If you have stumbled across this article during your research on what smoker to purchase, you should check out our Best Electric Smoker guide here.

We have also put together this handy chart for you to print and keep handy:

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This post was last updated on July 31st, 2018 at 11:03 am

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