So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Chuck_NE » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:29 pm

Is there a way to get oak in chunks like mesquite, pecan, hickory? I'm using an 18.5" WSM and do not have a way to use logs.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby atcNick » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:39 pm

I have seen oak chunks, but it doesnt seem to be very common. If you're up for it you could cut logs into chunks
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby CliffCarter » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:04 pm

Chuck_NE wrote:Is there a way to get oak in chunks like mesquite, pecan, hickory? I'm using an 18.5" WSM and do not have a way to use logs.


Where are you? If you're close enough I have some.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Smoken Riggs » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:50 am

That's why I spend a lot of time reading through these posts. I have a moderate amount of Pecan and Mesquite. !/2 a cord of oak (probably red) and two huge Fruitless Mulberries that take constant pruning. Wood that I normally would just throw on the curb. It looks like I have a huge source of untapped smoking wood to try. Thanks for all the great info.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby roaniecowpony » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:13 am

Anyone use any almond for smoking?

I ran across a large bag of fireplace sized splits of almond in BevMo lastnight. Didn't buy it because Im overstocked in other smoking woods for the moment.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Damon54 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:45 pm

Well done link to wood selection.

http://www.karubecue.com/wood.html
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby CliffCarter » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:19 pm

Damon54 wrote:Well done link to wood selection.

http://www.karubecue.com/wood.html" target="_blank


Hemlock on a list of smoking woods? Good for building barns and not much else IMHO.
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Postby Damon54 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:33 pm

Can't remember what kind of marks they give hemlock?
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby whipnet » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:47 am

I have a dieing Ash to be removed. Never thought of using it for smoking.

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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby CliffCarter » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:52 am

whipnet wrote:I have a dieing Ash to be removed. Never thought of using it for smoking.

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Is it being done in by the Emerald Ash Borer?
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby PG Smoker » Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:19 pm

I am big fan of Oak lump charcoal for a base flavor. I add cherry, hickory or pecan as an accent wood. Cherry makes a great color on poutry and tastes great with any bird or pork. Brisket, a few chunks of hickory and pecan with the oak base is greatness!
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby Boots » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:03 pm

Given its Texas I start with oak to build a heat base. Having said that, I am pretty sure much of our N Texas supply of oak comes out of OkieHoma (just sayin). After establishing a base, from there it depends on what I'm cookin. For brisket or beef ribs I and really sold on pecan, as it mates well with the bourbon I use in my mop and my other secrets. I sometimes even hit it really hard in the first hour or two w heartwood mesquite. The mesquite burns hot like the fires of H E double hockey sticks and lingers with strong smoke, but I don't like to carry its all the way through because even with heartwood it's can be a little resinous and you can develop a more acrid, bitter taste over time. The exception might be really dark hard heart from a really big tree that has dried and cured for a long time. From the oak and maybe mesquite start I'll move to good pecan foe the rest for brisket. it burns fairly fast but not too hot and with good smoke, and typically comes in sizes small enough in thickness I don't have to kill a lot of time splitting wood. Flavor it adds is complex and a little nutty, again good with my mops and rubs. Plus, at the end of the day, for me personally what I am looking for in brisket is a really deep, rich, complex bourbon-like flavor (like Blanton's would be if it were meat) with a surface layer bark that has a slow burn chile element to it. The pecan seems to be doing that for me.

For birds and pork, and following my cook ponder Yoda's mantra, it's good cured Hickory all the way. With his marinade and mop, he is able to achieve a really pretty mahogany red color this way. I couldn't tell you why, if it's a chemical reaction thing or what, just know it works. Science is a poor substitute for common sense and results after all.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby otherdog » Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:40 pm

I've mainly used oak,hickory, and maple around here because they're plentiful and all do well.
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby J.R.B. » Mon May 07, 2012 9:00 pm

For briskets and tongues I like oak. Pork I use an apple hickory mix. If unwanted guests arrive I tell them I'm using old Goodyear tires and creosoted railroad ties. :puke:
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Re: So what are the wood types suitable for smoking?

Postby xtremebbq » Tue May 22, 2012 7:04 am

I'm not sure if Cotten wood is even safe to use...I have never never hurd of any such thing in my life. Hickory, Oak, Mesquite , Pecan is what most people in Texas use. Back to Cottenwood. If it will make your eyes water and sneeze and make you all stop up. It surely has to be bad when you eat it. I would do some research on Cottonwood..

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