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This is the fifth in a twelve week series where we are unveiling the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas, which highlights our twelve favorite Christmas gift ideas for the barbecue lover in your life!

On the fifth day of BBQ Christmas,
my true BBQ love sent to me
A box of Wood for Smoking

We’ve always been told that bad boys and girls receive coal for Christmas. This year for Christmas tell that barbecue lover in your life that it’s ok for them to be bad as long as they are making their own bed of coals for their smoker with some pristine wood for their smoker!

Rubs, marinades, injections and sauces aren’t the only way to add bold flavor to the meats and vegetables your cooking on your smoker or grill. The wood you use can make a big difference in the way your food tastes too. Why not let 2012 be the year you let your personal pitmaster mix it up a bit and try a few different varieties of smoking woods. We love the quality and selection offered by Fruita Wood Chunks.

On the competition circuit you’ll find us using a mix of hickory and oak to add flavor to our chicken, ribs, pork butts and briskets. Both of these woods are perfect for smoking larger cuts of meat that have longer cooking times and they add a great depth of flavor.

Go a bit more exotic and check out some of the amazing fruit woods that add great depth to the foods your cooking.

Apple – Apple wood is perfect for white meats like pork and poultry and adds a nice sweet flavor.

Cherry – Cherry is also good on white meats like pork and poultry. Also give it a try on seafood for a nice sweet and fruity flavor.

Peach – Peach wood is perfect for ribs, pork shoulders and whole hogs!

Plum – Plum wood is very unique and not used as frequently as it probably should be. It produces a nice mild and sweet flavor good for poultry and pork.

If you can’t make up your mind why not mix and match varieties or buy a bag of mixed up chunks. The small 9 to 11 pound box cost between $23 to $25, while the jumbo 30 pound boxes sale for $54 and the jumbo 50 pound boxes sale for $85.

Be sure to check out Fruita’s weekly specials for some great deals on wood. You can alsolet your loved one pick out there pefered smoking wood by getting them a Fruita gift certificate.

Check back next week when we unveil what our true BBQ love is giving on the sixth day of BBQ Christmas!! Here is a hint – It could be confused as R2-D2’s long lost brother!

Don’t forget what we recommended in previous posts on the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter.

On the second day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Thermapen.

On the third day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A PIGTAIL Food Flipper.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A KCBS Membership.