4-Inch Kiln-Dried Hickory Wood Chunks for Smokers, Charcoal Ovens and More
Got some hearty meat you want to take to the next level? Our hickory chunks are your ticket to longer smokes and bolder barbeque flavor! These dense cubes are strong enough to handle any meat, from a 10-pound brisket to a massive pork butt. Hickory also pairs great with bacon, ribs, pork shoulder and more!
Using these hickory chunks for smoking is super easy. Each piece has a 4-inch diameter, which is small enough to fit in whatever you’re smoking with but large enough to burn for multiple hours. The 4-inch cubes work great in kamado smokers, kettle grills and charcoal-fired ovens like the Ooni Karu 16 or Bertello wood-fired oven.
The best part about our hickory chunks is they require very little smoke management. You can put a couple in the middle of your coals and go about your business as they smoke away. And since each chunk is kiln-dried, you won’t have to worry about any mold, insects or fungus lurking in the wood.
These bold chunks of flavor come conveniently packaged in a resealable carrying case. You can get one delivered right to your home with free two-day shipping nationwide. And you can rest assured that we plant one tree for every box we sell to keep the good wood coming!
Benefits of Our Hickory Wood Chunks
- Massive Flavor – A little hickory goes a long way in adding classic Texas barbeque flavor to your meat.
- Plays Well with Others – Hickory is perfect for pairing with other woods, like oak, cherry or sugar maple.
- Sized for Smoking – The 4-inch cubes fit snugly in popular smokers, grills and charcoal-fired ovens.
- Dense and Dry – The chunks come kiln-dried to provide a moderate amount of smoke for a long time.
- No Impurities – The kiln-drying process leaves the wood free of insects, mold and fungus.
- Always Sustainable – All our hickory wood comes from harvesters certified by the FSC for responsible forest management.
What’s in the Hickory Chunk Hot Box?
- Type of Wood – 100% pure hickory wood
- Size of Pieces – 4 x 4-inch wood cubes
- Size of Box – 2900 cubic inches with a weight of approximately 35 pounds
- Type of Box – 100% recyclable and resealable cardboard container
- Shipping Details – Free two-day shipping anywhere in the United States
- Refund and Return Policy – All orders may be returned within 30 days of the date of purchase. For more details, please see our full refund and return policy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Hickory Smoking Wood Chunks
What are hickory wood chunks?
Hickory wood chunks are 4-inch cubes of hickory wood used for cooking food and smoking meat. We cut the wood into 4-inch cubes because that shape takes longer to burn, which makes it ideal for smoking meat for multiple hours.
What wood does hickory pair with?
We suggest pairing hickory with oak, cherry or sugar maple wood. Oak is particularly good because it balances out hickory’s strong flavor.
Is soaking these hickory chunks necessary?
No! The great thing about these chunks is they’re dense enough to smoke on their own without having to be soaked. In fact, we think soaking them negatively impacts their performance because it makes the hickory smoke too strong.
Do you make any other types of cooking chunks?
Yes! We also have 4-inch chunks of oak, cherry and sugar maple available for purchase.
How do you use hickory chunks?
There’s no one right way to cook with hickory chunks. Instead, they work well for multiple techniques, including cooking in a charcoal-fired grill, smoking in a green egg smoker or providing a wide base of flavor in a wood-fired oven.
How much hickory wood should I use?
We recommend using hickory smoking wood sparingly because it’s easy to overuse. If you use too much, hickory smoke can impart a bitter, unpleasant flavor to your food. To avoid overpowering your food with hickory smoke, pair it with oak, cherry or sugar maple wood.
Doesn’t kiln-drying the chunks hurt their ability to smoke meat?
You’d think super dry chunks wouldn’t be very good for smoking, but that is not the case with our kiln-dried hickory chunks! We’ve found that the wood is still dense enough on its own to smoke effectively for hours on end.
Moreover, we kiln dry all our wood because it rids each piece of any insects, mold or fungus it was carrying. This way, we can guarantee that every chunk you use will be in pristine shape for cooking.
What does hickory wood smoke taste like?
Hickory has a strong smoky flavor, reminiscent of bacon. We suggest pairing it with fatty meats like bacon, pork shoulder, ribs and brisket.
Can you put wood chunks directly on charcoal?
Absolutely! You can place a couple of these hickory chunks right in the middle of your charcoal coals for cooking. Wood chunks are also an effective substitute for charcoal since they can burn for a long time.
How do you ensure all of your hickory chunks are sustainably sourced?
We rely on guidance from the Forest Stewardship Council for responsibly sourcing our wood. The council only gives its stamp of approval to forest managers whose harvesting practices don’t outpace the forest’s production. As a result, the forests stay green as we provide perfectly sized wood to the masses.
How large is the hickory chunk Hot Box?
You get a lot of wood in our hickory wood chunk box—a 2,900 cubic inch container full of it, to be exact! Each box also weighs approximately 35 pounds.