Pecan and wood seasoning

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by joel11230, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Would you look at that. I just loaded my truck to the max with pecan wood for 40 bucks! My question is how good is pecan for smoking? What cuts do you smoke with it? And how long does it take for wood to become seasoned? Thank you kindly. I'm still learning.
     
  2. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I always use oak for cooking heat and apple, cherry or hickory for flavor. I know folks who use pecan for flavor. I think some folks use flavor wood or a mix for complete cooks. I just never have. As for seasoning hardwoods, I think that it usually takes a good year to get any variety of hardwood to a point where it is sufficiently dry to smoke or cook without any moisture to contaminate a smoker with creosote.

    Good luck with your pecan. I think for $40, you got a great buy.
     
  3. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    I usually use hickory or mesquite for flavor. I'm looking for oak for heat but couldn't pass this up.
     
  4. Delivered to CA for ???

    Great find!!! [​IMG]

    I mix pecan with several different fruit woods or hickory for a nice flavored smoke. It's not readily available in CA, so I substitute almond for pecan most of the time.
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    <chuckles>

    IMHO there is no better nor versatile woods or smoke. I love the color as well as the smell. Also, the pecan shells smoke just as well as the wood if you get all the nut meat out the shell. Its bitter.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/153699/national-finals-and-smoked-chicken

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/152772/basic-brined-smoked-chicken

    Mixed with a little Cherry, note the red hue.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/156212/nekkid-chicken-foamheart

    It's really my favorite smoke oh and BTW it does sausage and andouille great. I can't imagine andouille smoked with anything else.


    Sausage & Andouille


    Pecan shells


    Trust me, you are going be so happy you spent that 40.00!
     
  6. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Awesome, hey if you're ever in Sw Kansas look me up. You can have some
     
  7. bekellog81

    bekellog81 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Started cooking with pecan this year--absolutely love I!!!!
     
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  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey, be careful......... You never know about me!
     
  9. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    Great Buy!

    Pecan is awesome on chicken. mix it with apple or cherry for pork. its a great wood and really good on anything.

    Happy Smoking,

    phatbac (Aaron)
     
  10. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Thank you, good info
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    50/50 mix of pecan and cherry is one of my go to mixes for everything.
     
  12. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Man those look delicious !
     
  13. Wow. That sausage looks amazing! Unfortunately no pecan wood around my parts. Would love to try some.


    Depending on your climate it might take a year. When I get fresh wood normally in the spring. I stack it up on my deck. You don't want to put it on grass or the bare ground. Or the bottom pieces will rot and get bugs/critters. I found that if I stack wood in early spring. By late summer early fall it's good to go. You can tell wood is good to go. By looking at the ends. The will start to develop cracks. I wait for it to season and transfer to the garage. Sometimes it's hard to get seasoned wood. So you go with green and wait on it.
     
  14. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  15. Sometimes my big boy Berrin likes to take my firewood. And eat it! So becareful if you have dogs#
     
  16. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Oh I do! A lab and two little yorkies. My lab doesn't mess with it but my male yorkie loves to get chunk and take off.
     
  17. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ROFLMAO a Yorkie thats a wanta be Lab. A labrayorkie!
     
  18. Awwwwww my sis with my 2 German Shephereds

    My big boy. 100 pounds. Best dog I've ever had.
     
  19. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Yea he thinks he is 10' tall!
     
  20. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    He's nice looking. Most people think German shepardz are just mean dogs. They couldn't be more wrong. One of the friendliest dogs I've ever been around was a German Shepard. Huge dog. His paws were the size of my hands dang near. Had to be over 100 lbs.
     

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