Northern White Cedar Chips: The Northern White Cedar has a more distinct cedar smoke taste than its cousin the red cedar. That is why in virtually every taste test, chefs and grillers much prefer the white cedar. While cedar is most often partnered with salmon, many chefs and grillers love the cedar taste with beef, pork, and poultry. One popular usage is add cedar chips to the water when steaming veggies! Try it. You will love the taste of your vegetables.