NorthWoods Smoke of Minnesota

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Barbecue and grilling seem to both have the potential for long, obsessive pursuit on the part of a passionate cook. When you discover entire online stores devoted to many different kinds of wood for smoking and grilling, you know that someone has to care about this an awful lot.

We're not arguing, though - we would love some ribs smoked over some of their Hickory Chunks or Bourbon Barrel Chunks - chopped up wood from barrels that held aged bourbon, rather like the used wine staves that are also popular.

Prices run from $10.99 to $13.99 for an 8-lb bag of wood chunks. NorthWoods Smoke also offers grilling planks, accessories like smoker boxes, and spices and sauces.