When heated to a smolder, strawberry guava produces a delicious smelling smoke that is unlike any other wood. In Hawaii, it has long been a favorite wood for making “smoke meat” and for use in barbecues.
Strawberry guava produces a wonderful woodsy, slightly fruity, medium-flavored smoke. It has been described as capturing the bold tones of hickory, and the sweetness of apple and cherry, but with a synergy that beats them all. Excellent with all meats and vegetables, the taste it imparts is smoother than the strong flavored smokes of oak and mesquite, but bolder than that of the milder fruit woods of the mainland U.S. Unlike many smoke woods that are only recommended with certain meats, poultry, fish or vegetables, strawberry guava is well balanced and enhances the flavor of nearly any food that can be cooked on a grill or with a smoker.