I used Traeger brand cherry pellets, which gave an amazing taste addition to the clams. It’s best to use a fruity wood pellet when smoking seafood, as seafood soaks up that smoke flavor really easily. Fruity woods aren’t as overpowering as say, hickory.
If desired, you can remove one half of the shell for serving as it will cool quicker and it’s easier to eat that way.
Clams don’t always pop wide open, they may only pop open with a partial crack, that still means they’re done and ready to go, as long as the others have followed suit.
A spoon or butter knife is the easiest tool to get clams open that need a little coaxing.
You can use cooking wine in place of the white wine, if desired.