wood for beef brisket?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by pighog, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    Trying to get a general census for the most common wood for a beef brisket. I have plenty of apple and cherry and pear wood. What is your wood of choice?
  2. For brisket I am a fan of mixing Hickory and Cherry.   I love that profile.  I usually do a 40% Hickory and 60% cherry.   I also have been known to use Red Oak. 

  3. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    Hickory is not common around here. I can go to lowes or home depot and get it. I figured hickory would have been popular for that, given its common among the southern states.
  4. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    don't think that is available here, or at least haven't seen any that I recall.
  5. There are many online resources for wood chunks.  I would forego the Lowes and Home Depot wood as it isn't that good to use in my opinion. 

    Use all Cherry if you have that.....will impart a nice flavor

  6. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    I have been seriously considering it. Since I live in Washington state, apple and cherry is in abundance. Thanks for your input Scott!
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Go on a Drive about some day and locate some wood , you should be able to find some someone wants to get rid of , or at least at a fair price. The online sources are way too expensive and might be a bit too old . I don't like smoke signals from old dried up wood . You can find good wood too easy [​IMG]

    Have fun and . . .
  8. I've always been a big fan of mesquite.  Only done a few briskets so far but they've all been mesquite.  Doing a corn beef brisket within the next day or two, maybe I'll try cherry/pecan this time.  
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  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with Gavin, brisket is mesquite traditionally, just like pork is hickory, and pecan I like for fowl. Mix in some cherry, apple, maple, corn cob, oak, etc etc........ just for variety.
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  10. jkn09

    jkn09 Newbie

    I'm a fan of an oak/pecan mix, depending on what I have on hand.
  11. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most anything works - but I really like mesquite, combine that with a real simple rub of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  12. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    I think I'll just do cherry cause that's mostly what I have and see how that works.
  13. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    I just did my last brisket on my electric ECB a couple of weeks ago with cherry. It was good, but it was mild. Next time I'll use my offset smoker and red oak.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  14. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    Really? Wonderful, now you got me rethinking this.
  15. jtyler48

    jtyler48 Newbie

    I love smoking with Pecan. 

    Home Depot usually has it in chips and chunks. Check online to see if your store has it in stock. 
  16. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    Was just there and never thought to look.
  17. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    I smoke briskets with Mesquite and a little Pecan....but to be honest, I have not really developed the pallet to be able to clearly distinguish between woods. [​IMG]
  18. pighog

    pighog Fire Starter

    I wasn't sure if the cherry would be sufficient enough or not.
  19. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    Go with cherry. It will be great.

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