A Report on Lillac Bush

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by travcoman45, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK, it was on the list a woods ta smoke with, picked some up fer free, let it dry, It don't take long, ran er through the chipper an usin it on tadays smoke, so far I thinks it's gonna be alright, it burns alot quicker then the hardwoods thats fer sure, smell is light an a bit acidic, not nasty so, just a touch of it. We will see as thins start comin outa the smoker what the taste is like.
     
  2. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    kewl tip........keep us posted............

    waiting on some pear wood to be delievered today............
     
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ok, most of the smoke is done, the Pigs in a Canoe are off, they were excellent, the Fattie is done (And Gone!), the chix legs are coolin down, and the turkey breast has 5 degree's ta go.

    As fer the Lillac Bush, I think it has great possibillities as a smokin wood. It is very light, the foods came out lighter then they do with say hickory. It has a slight acidic taste with a bit of floral to it. I think it would be overpowered by say beef, but for most pork an poultry would be very good, I think it would be excellent for fish.

    It does burn faster then the hardwoods so needs replenishin more often. The smoke is very light, almost invisible most a the time.

    I will give yall the final report when we have the turkey breast fer dinner here in a bit.

    You will have ta go out an find this wood yerself as I doubt it would ever be fer sale in a store. Usin the chipper made processin real easy.
     
  4. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    smoked pigs in a canoe ?????????? fill me in if its what i think sounds good
     
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  6. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hhhmm, mother-in-law lost Lilac's in yesterdays storm also.....
     
  7. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    great info on the lilac, if you remember let us know how the turkey is!!!! inquiring mids wanna know... thks
     
  8. grabber

    grabber Smoke Blower

    Here's some info on wood from another site.  Hope this helps.




    Woods Used For Smoking

     Acacia is similar to mesquite but not as strong. Acacia should be used in small amounts or for limited amounts of time.
     Alder has a light flavor that works well with fish and poultry. Alder is the traditional choice for smoking Salmon.
     Almond is similar to pecan and give a nutty, sweet flavor to meat.
     Apple is mild and sweet in flavor and is often used with poultry and pork. Apple smoke will cause chicken skin to turn dark brown in color. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most popular woods for smoking.
     Apricot is similar to hickory but is sweeter and milder in flavor. It’s great for poultry and pork.
     Ash burns quickly and has a light, unique flavor.
     Black Walnut has a bitter, heavy flavor and should be mixed with other wood.
     Birch has a flavor similar to maple and is good with pork and poultry.
     Cherry has a sweet, mild flavor that goes well with any meat and many other foods. Cherry is one of the most popular woods for smoking.
     Chokecherry has a bitter flavor and should be used in small amounts for short period of times.
     Citrus woods (lemon or orange) give a light, fruity flavor milder than apple or cherry.
     Cottonwood is very nice and an old favorite of many people. It’s mild in flavor and may be used with stronger flavored woods if desired. Avoid “green “ cottonwood.
     Crabapple is similar to apple wood and may be used interchangeably.
     Fruit, like apple, apricot or cherry, fruit wood gives off a sweet, mild flavor that is good with poultry or ham. It may be quite “sooty”.
     Grapefruit is a mild wood that produces a good, smoky flavor for any meat.
     Grapevines make a lot of tart smoke. It’s fruity but sometimes heavy and acrid. Use it sparingly with poultry or lamb.
     Hickory is everyones’ favorite and adds a unique, strong flavor to all meats.
     Lemon is a mild wood that produces a good, smoky flavor for any meat.
     Lilac produces mild, sweet smoke for smoked cheese, poultry, and pork.
     Maple smoke gives a sweet flavor to poultry and ham.
     Mesquite burns hot and quickly. It is popular for short-term grilling but not recommended for barbecuing or for smoking sausages. It is probably the strongest flavored wood of all types.
     Mulberry is sweet and similar to applewood.
     Nectarine is similar to hickory but sweeter and milder in flavor. Good used with poultry and pork.
     Oak is possibly the most versatile of all hardwoods, strong but not overpowering, and a fine choice for beef or lamb.
     Orange is a mild, smoky-flavored wood used on any meat.
     Peach is similar to hickory but is sweeter and milder in flavor and is a nice choice used for poultry and pork.
     Pear produces a sweet, mild flavor similar to apple wood.
     Pecan has been called “mild hickory”, burns cool, providing a more delicate flavor.
     Plum is similar to hickory but sweeter and milder in flavor. Great choice for poultry and pork.
     Walnut has a heavy, smoky flavor and should be mixed with more mildly flavored woods.

    Other lesser-known woods safely used for smoking include: avocado, bay, beech, butternut, carrotwood, chestnut, fig, guava, gum, hackberry, kiawe, madrone, manzita, olive, range, persimmon, pimento, and willow. For smoking, AVOID cedar, cypress, elm, eucalyptus, fir, pine, redwood, sassafras, spruce, and sycamore.

    Moisten hardwood sawdust well ahead of burning time, but do not soak it until it is dripping wet. Turn the hot plate to high until smoldering begins, then turn the heat down until it produces only a constant trickle of smoke. Moistened wood is not as acrid and produces a better tasting sausage. As a rule, any hardwood free of resin (or sap) is generally good for smoking food. If the tree produces edible fruit or nuts, the wood is typically good for smoking.

    AVOID:
    Cedar
    Cypress
    Elm
    Eucalyptus
    Fir
    Pine
    Redwood
    Sassafras
    Spruce
    Sycamore

    Also, it is important to avoid any chemically-treated or processed wood when smoking food. Numerous arsenates, borates, silicates, coppers, pesticides, and other substances, have routinely been placed into wood as preservatives, insecticides, and who knows what else. In many cases, when this type of wood (lumber) is burned, the smoke may become toxic and dangerous. Never use processed lumber to smoke any food.

    Best Wishes,
    Chuckwagon
     
  9. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

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