wood question for pulled pork

Discussion in 'Pork' started by sbv32, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. sbv32

    sbv32 Fire Starter

    I am going to do some butts this weekend and had a question about wood [​IMG]

    I know many of you use hickory and apple (i used hickory and it was great) but wanted to know if oak would be a good choice for some butts. I only ask because my buddy has a ton so I wouldn't have to buy any of it.

    Thanks everyone.
  2. bigbear

    bigbear Smoke Blower

    Oak is a great smoke wood. It burns very hot and clean. It would do pork butts fine. But oak doesn't have much flavor. If I were baking a pie in my smoker (which you can easily do!) I'd use oak.

    Oak needs a companion wood for flavor. The fruit woods are the first choice but adding some hickory or mesquite would work also. I don't cook/smoke with oak much because I want the flavor. I use oak in the fireplace but a more flavored wood in the smoker!!

    If your buddy has oak get all you can. You can always use oak somewhere! Oak around here is $250-$300/cord!!

    Happy smokin'
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I know people who use oak for about everything including butts. Just remember its a long smoke usually and will take in alot of smoke so like the flavor of the wood you use.
  4. Red is a little stronger but if it's free use it as long as it's seasoned.

  5. sbv32

    sbv32 Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replys. I may just go with some apple or hickory because I also like the smoke.

    We cut about 5 cords back in May so there is quite a bit to use up. Looks like we will just have to plan a couple more camping trips.

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