Best wood chips for turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by coloradosmoker, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. If I use a apple brine & rub should I use apple wood chips

    on turkey or  use another type of wood chips I have a Mes--40

  2. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can still whatever smoke flavor you like. Apple chips may tie it all together or use a stronger wood to accentuate. I recently smoked turkey with hickory smoke just because I like it. There is no wrong answer. Try it both ways and see what you like best.

  3. I've used a mixture of 80% apple and 20% mesquite or hickory, just to add a slight bit of different smoke flavor.
  4. By the way how did your chicken come out last week----ken
  5. harleysmoker

    harleysmoker Smoking Fanatic

    I mostly use apple wood on chicken and turkey because I always read that poultry takes on smoke easier than other meats, so I was afraid of over smoking birds. Apple and cherry are more mild.  I have used cherry, and I really like it for almost everything.  I do know that mesquite is a very strong wood and can ruin a meal if you use to much. I threw some in my gas grill long ago making hamburgers and it was too much for me, have not used it since.

    I may give hickory a try on poultry just to see what I'm missing.
  6. has a pretty good article on wood and their affect on different meats.
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I almost always use mesquite on poultry, but we like the smoke flavor.
  8. wren

    wren Newbie

    Recently, I have been smoking poultry with (chardonnay) grape wood.  Highly recommended.
  9. how did your apple chicken come out last week--Ken
  10. anyone know of a good turkey rub recipe?
  11. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    I like cherry.

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