The "Smokey Olive Wood" brand sustainably source wood chips for smoking outdoors on your barbecue. They also prepare wood dust for stove top smokers and cold smoking.
We're enthusastic supporters of the Smokey Olive Wood brand because:
Next stop compostable packaging! We're working on this together and hope to have it very soon.
Let's face it...Here in the UK most of the wood chips for smoking are plastic bags full of American wood species such as hickory, maple & mesquite. Not only does shipping wood all the way from the USA seem environmentally wrong to us, we Europeans also know how to live fire cook, we can use our own woods and create great flavours too!
Close your eyes and think back to that open fire barbecue on a warm Mediterranean evening and...well you get where we're coming from.
In order to provide the fruit and nuts that we eat, tree plantations need continuous rejuvenation, pruning and care. This produces high quality root, stem and branch wood which Smokey Olive Wood use for making BBQ wood chips for smoking our food.
Smokey Olive Wood work together with numerous olive, fruit and nut farmers who harvest and regenerate part of their plantations every year and this provides sufficient raw materials for their production process.
The Smokey Olive Wood production facility is surrounded by the olive yards and this naturally reduces the carbon impact of inbound transportation.
The first step is drying using the natural warmth of the sun and then they finish the process in a wood drying kiln powered by solar panels. There is however a minimal amount of power used to drive the pump that allows the heat of the solar panels to circulate.
That said, everything from the root is used and the cutting naturally produces the different sizes of chips and dust. All in all this makes the Smokey Olive Wood brand certainly one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly producers of wood chips for smoking on the market today.
The success of the original Smokey Olive Wood has enhanced demand for other exotic types of wood chips for smoking such as Holm Oak, Orange wood, Lemon wood, Almond wood and the Spanish Walnut.
Chiringuitos restaurants in Málaga make beach barbecues using olive wood in sand filled boats. The classic dish to cook is "espetos de sardinas" (grilled sardines) and the "Espetero" is the chef in charge.
In addition to this dish, an array of fish and seafood is also prepared on the sand-filled boats. The delicious aroma of fish and seafood gently cooking over smoking olive wood spreads along the promenade during meal times. The light smoky scent of olive wood not only suits fish, but is also very suitable for chicken, pork or vegetables and even fruit!
Iberian pigs that are used
to make the world famous Jamón Ibérico feed on the acorns of the Holm Oak tree. Dozens of
trees are needed for one pig and whilst we're not condoning intensive
farming practices there's no denying the quality of Holm Oak wood.
Top restaurants choose Holm Oak because it's extremely hard and burns for a long time. The smoke of the wood gives a delicious rustic taste to grilled or smoked food. This wood is used to smoke stronger flavoured foods such as venison, beef and pork.
The regions around Valencia are known beyond the borders of Spain for citrus fruits and Paella. This dish dates back to the middle of the 19th century and is traditionally prepared on orange wood or lemon wood. The smoke from these woods gives the dish its traditional taste.
In the plantations the trees are regularly pruned to stimulate growth and this is where Smokey Olive Wood comes to the rescue. The pruning generates waste and this is raw material for their wood chips.
Citrus wood is a light wood, not typically used as firewood and so used to be destroyed. Because it is a light type of wood, it lends itself to soaking the pieces in water or light beer. This means that the wood smokes longer and also gives a delicious taste to your food. The smoke from these citrus woods gives a light, fruity smokey taste to the food and is best paired with fish, pork and chicken.
Sadly, almond trees are being ignored in Spain and replaced by other plants because the harvesting is labour intensive and this favours the lower labour cost countries of North Africa. The quality of the almond tree wood however is high. It is a dense wood species that has a long burning time. The smell of the smoke from this wood is powerful and fits perfectly with beef, game or fish such as mackerel.
13,565 hectares of land in Spain is dedicated to the farming of Walnuts with Andalusia being one of the largest so it's no surprise that Smokey Olive Wood (based in Málaga) have chosen to work with the Walnut farmers to produce wood chips for smoking food. Walnut wood gives smoked food a sweet, tangy flavour.
Smokey Olive Wood produce different sizes of packaging and size graded chunks, dust and wood chips for smoking no matter what your need or experience.
For the beginner we offer small packages or our EZ smokers. These EZ
small aluminium trays containing 400ml wood chips; very easy to use.
In addition we have small bags of wood chips for smoking with a capacity of 300-500ml which are ideal for experimenting with different flavours. Thanks to the closing strip, these packs can be resealed and stored for future use.
Large bags, 1500ml-1700ml, are the perfect size for passionate BBQers. The amount can be used for several smoke sessions and the pack can be resealed after use.
Smokey Olive Wood also offers 5kg catering packaging. This saves a lot of waste and is easier for the professional to use.
To make it easier for you to understand what size of wood chip you need for the type of smoking that you want to do, we have developed a simple grading system:
Our finest dust, grain size 0-1cm suitable for amateur smoke generating kits such as the Pro Q cold smoke generator.
A slightly coarser grain for the "smoking gun" and professional automatic smoke generating machines.
Electric / gas powered smokers, including those with transport snake. These smokers have a sieve, but dust can go through it and taint the food. For this reason it’s very important to use our size Nº1.5, because the dust is removed.
Grain size 2-3cm wood chips for smoking with general purpose BBQs and smokers.
Just sprinkle directly onto your coals.
For big BBQ grills and smokers. Chunk size 5cm - 15cm. These chunks burn very evenly and slowly, and deliver their smoke aroma over an extended period of time to the smoking goods. Best used in open fires such as the Ozpig or directly on the cooking grates of a kamado ceramic grill.
Use the dealer locator page on the Smokey Olive Wood website to find a stockist near you.
Barbecue enthusiasts are becoming increasingly aware of the wood they use and the desire for European fruit and nut flavours continues to grow. We are actively seeking more outlets for Smokey Olive Wood so please get in touch if you think we can grow business together. Use the contact form below to enquire about bulk purchases for UK and Ireland.