Smoking Shavings are a quick and convenient way to smoke food by using a stovetop, home smoker, or gas or charcoal braai. Due to their size, they smoulder for a shorter time to produce a delicious smoky flavour.
My Butchers Block products are proudly South African, which means that only local and ethically sourced wood is used and that all of our products are made by locals too. The Smoke Shavings is a great gift as it fits the bill of being on-trend and useful. It’s also perfect for those family braais
How do I use my shavings / chips?
Soak your wooden chips / shavings in water for about 30 minutes. This generates steam that adds moisture and heat to the smoking process. This method also prolongs burning time. The key with wood chips & shavings is to deny the wood of oxygen so it smoulders and smokes.
What Smoking Wood Shavings Should You Use?
Wood flavours are a personal choice of taste so to make it easier, but here is a brief description of our flavours:
•Maple Wood Shavings – Great for fruits and cheeses and pork
•Oak Wood Shavings – Gives a heavier smoke flavour and is great for red meat and game; this is probably the best wood for the best steak. A fantastic wood for smoking too as it gives a lovely colour and a deep smoky flavour.
•Cedar Wood Shavings – Is the traditional wood for fish it is also fantastic for fruit and seafood. In the US cedar is used a lot to cook other food such as chicken, this is a matter of taste as cedar imparts a sweet, spicy flavour so not for all! Smoking in cedar is amazing. but again, very spicy. You either love it or hate it!
•Cherry Wood Shavings – Has a subtle mild, fruity flavour and is excellent for poultry, fish, vegetables and fruit. Smoking in cherry gives a fantastic colour and a subtler, sweeter smoky flavour. This wood should be used when you want to compliment the flavour of your food and not overpower it.
•Walnut Wood Shavings – Delivers a heavy smoke and is excellent for strong-flavoured red meat and game.
•Wild Olive Wood Shavings – Is ideal for any poultry. Has a fruity smell to it which adds sweetness. Smoking your food will give it an extra depth of flavour and elevate the regular braai to a gourmet event.
•Hickory Smoke Shavings – Hickory smoking wood creates a sweet, yet strong bacon-flavor; the smoke can be pungent, but it adds a nice, strong flavour to just about all meat cuts, but it’s especially popular with pork and ribs.
•Beechwood Smoke Shavings – Our Beechwood Smoke Shavings is a light, mild hardwood with a slight nutty flavour and a subtle companion to more delicate flavoured foods. They are ideal for red meat, fish, nuts and cheeses. Add a refreshing feel to your plate.