Imagine a tree like a piece of fruit. The outer layers contain the most flavour, while the core is mostly devoid of flavour. Wood pellets made from the outer layers of the tree provide the most flavour. Our BBQ Pellets use only the bark and outer (cambium) layer.
Our pellets are made from only high quality flavourful wood chips. Some other BBQ pellet manufacturers may use residual sawdust and other wood by-products. For example, the sawdust from a hickory furniture or hammer handle factory has very little flavour.
Why do we leave the bark on?
Original 100% Pure Wood
The smoke flavour you are looking for and expecting is in the bark. When old timers smoked meat and fish, they did not take the bark off the wood they gathered for this reason.
Therefore, all of our 100% varieties contain only pure wood with the bark left on before pelleting to achieve maximum flavour output.
Blend it Up a Bit
In our Blends, we start with Red Oak as a base wood and mix with flavour wood chips. The base Red Oak wood is de-barked, while the flavour wood has the bark left on for maximum flavour.
Most importantly, this allows the full rich flavour of the primary wood to come through, such as Mesquite in our Mesquite blend, or Pecan in our Pecan blend.