Sassafras wood?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by kansasqueball, May 10, 2010.

  1. I went to my wood supplier the other day to replenish my stock of pecan chunks, and they had Sassafras for sale. I've never heard of this wood being used before, so decided to give it a pass. Some research on this site and other corners of the internet give mixed reviews. Some sources say it is unsuitable, and others say it's great.

    Has anybody here ever actually smoked with Sassafras, and if so, what do you think about it?
  2. Sassafras contains safrole...which has caused cancer in laboratory rats and has been banned (as an additive) by the FDA. Growing up, my grand mother used to always make sassafras tea for a summer time treat for the family. No one ever got cancer.
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

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  4. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use sassafras on pork and it is excellent. If you want to flavor a steak nicely add a few chips when grilling.
  5. thenameisryan

    thenameisryan Newbie

    Sassafras is great mixed with Hickory when smoking a sugar cured ham...
  6. I just used sassafras chips to smoke a chicken last week & it came out great, my husband loved it. It was a nice light flavor not over powering at all Thumbs Up
  7. I tried a beer this weekend that was aged with Sassafras wood. It was very good. My first thought was using it to smoke with. I am going to have to track some down.
  8. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've used some i years past, and it struck me as the sweetest-tasting wood smoke flavor I've found.
  9. heath dyer

    heath dyer Newbie

    I will say this about sassafras wood.  It's best with pork.  My uncle use to use it all the time.  I'm using it chicken tonight.  I think the flavor is great it's one of my faverate woods.  And the leaves can be dried up and ground to make file.  We use that in our gumbos down here in Louisiana
  10. I use sassafras all the time (Only the root and I cure it for a year or two) for Smoking my hot peppers into pepper flakes

    , mixed with a little hickory, and apple, It's the best. Plus, I have a whole forest of it in my back yard.

    Still smokin after all these years.

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