Cedar for smoking

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by droptine, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. droptine

    droptine Newbie

    Can anyone tell me if cedar (yellow) is any good for smoking. I saw cedar smoking planks for salmon at some grocery stores , so I aasume it is safe??
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No... don't do it. Planking is not smoking.
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All I can say is that cedar planks are very popular right now even for use in the oven. But, I have heard that you really shouldn't smoke with it. I'll let someone else chime in on this one. Too many variables for me to balance out.
  4. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    Cedar, like pine and other softwoods, are most definitely not what you want to smoke your food with.
  5. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    yeah, throw in some asphalt shingles in there........LOLOLOL

    j/k ing...........NO CEDAR, PINE, FIR..........etc.
  6. We use cedar planks for cooking salmon, but not in the smoker. The planks are soaked for a few hours and the fish (usually) is placed on the planks then into the oven or grilled indirectly. The steam from the wood gives a subtle flavor, but the wood should only be lightly toasted not burned at all. Cedar when burned leaves a lot of resin on everything and pops embers everywhere. If you are looking for that kind of flavor try alder in the smoker. Works every time for me and I have switched to it almost entirely.
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cedar planking lends some aroma to the meat cooking on it.

    Cedar in the fire will burn off nasty oils and give you a rather noxious smoke.
  8. fishawn

    fishawn Smoking Fanatic

    I 2nd the Alder vote.
  9. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    When planking the oils in the wood come to surface and effect flavor but when burned people have a reaction to the smoke that can cause problems like big red welts on skin and your throat swelling shut just to name a couple of side effects.

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