Make Homemade BBQ Wood Chips From Fruit Tree Cuttings

After you read this handy tip, you’ll never need to buy expensive BBQ wood chips again.

Homemade BBQ Wood Chips

After being soaked, fruit tree cuttings contribute a deliciously fruity smoke to barbeques.

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Over the past several years, we’ve planted six dwarf fruit trees of various species on our small, half-acre plot. In addition to the annual fruit they produce, we’ve found that the tree prunings are also useful.

First, after an overnight soak in water, they’re great for adding a fruity, wood-smoke flavor to food on the grill (rather than using more costly, store-bought barbecue wood chips). Trimmed to about 6 inches and bundled together with natural fiber twine (or season-appropriate decorative ribbon), they make excellent gifts for other barbecue aficionados you may know.

Second, if you keep small animals that require chewing fodder — such as meat rabbits or pet gerbils — the pruning leftovers are a great substitute for, once again, the high-cost, store-bought version of a similar product.

John Atwell
Oakton, Virginia