Chips vs. Chunks On A Big Green Egg

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You've seen them on the shelves, now it's time to grab a bag and add them to your kamado style grill. Watch as Ace's Grilling Expert, Chef Jason, gives you the tips and advice you need when using wood chips or chunks in a Big Green Egg.


Chips are smaller so they add a burst of smoke, catch on fire and then they're done.
  • Use as a finishing smoke when grilling
  • Use as a burst of smoke when needed for flavor
  • Use by the handful to keep the smoke even


Chunks are larger so they allow for a longer sustained smoke while grilling.
  • Use for low and slow BBQ
  • Use with charcoal for long and even smoke delivery
  • Use various sizes to help smoke volume

How to Choose

Ask yourself a few questions that can help you decide whether chips or chunks are best for your occasion.
  • What are you cooking? Does it cook fast or slow?
  • What wood flavors pair with the meal?
  • Who are you cooking for? What flavors do they like?
Once you've though about that, consider these smoke flavor profiles.
  • Strong smoke: mesquite and hickory
  • Medium smoke: Oak, almond, and peach
  • Mild smoke: Apple, cherry, and maple

Published on 2/28/2023
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