I was lucky enough to receive a sample of the Wine Infused Oak BBQ Smoke Wood for Charcoal & Gas Grills from Greenleaf BBQ. I was intrigued about the product, but what I didn’t realize was was how large a sample pack I was going to get and the overall quality of the product.
The wood chips (I hate to stay chips when they are the size of two match books put together) felt very substantial and dense (with a further study I realized they were actual pieces of wine barrels). You could really feel the quality which made me even more curious to see what happened when they burned and eventually imparted smoke (sounds odd, but that’s what you do with wood, right?).
We decided to test them out in our non-scientific test kitchen (my backyard). We were going to cook on a brisket on indirect heat on our standard Weber grill with a mix of Kingsford and the infused oak chips. The first thing that hit you once they were really smoking was the intense aroma. It’s not exactly wine or grapes, it’s more of a smooth almost berry smell. It’s hard to explain, but it really did impart an subtle, yet intense flavor onto the brisket. I did note that they seemed to sort of slow burn, which made me happy as I was concerned they might burn too quickly. The itself brisket turned out really great (should have taken a photo) and sadly I used up all of my wood.
Needless to say, I’m a huge fan and will now look forward to purchasing some for friends (and for myself as well).
If you’re interested in contacting Greenleaf you can at (209) 668-2452 or at their new store opening soon in Livermore, CA.