Maple wood chips
This hardwood comes from the sugar maple tree, also known as hard maple. It gives foods a sweet, subtle and balanced flavor that is ideal for ham and bacon. Maple wood chips are also great for poultry, pork, salmon and trout. Soak the shavings in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking. They can also be soaked in apple juice, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, amber or maple beer for extra flavor. Once sufficiently soaked, remove the maple wood chips from the liquid, place them directly on the burner plates of your gas grill. You can also place the soaked chips in the built-in wood chip tray or directly on the lit charcoal of the grill. When the maple wood chips begin to smoke, place the food on the grill and close the lid. For best smoked flavor, keep the lid closed.