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Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by rednecknm, Feb 20, 2012.
Best wood to use for smoking??????????????????
That's like asking...."How long is a rope?" :biggrin:
"Best wood" is a matter of personal preference.
Good luck and good smoking.
I use a mix of hickory chunks and apple chips. Every once in-awhile I'll throw in some mesquite into the mix. Is it the best? I don't know, I know I get good results with it.
I have pecan, peach and oak, it's free if you don't consider the labor to cut and split it so I use ....... pecan, peach and oak!
Pecan is like a mild hickory so I use it for just about everything.
Why are cedar and pine included in the poll?
Personal preference is very dependent on what woods you have available in your area IMHO.
Maple and apple are what I prefer.
It really depends on what I'm smoking.....But how did Pine make the list ????
in New Mexico we have an abundance if pine and ceder. I have been told you can use them to smoke meat with but i am very weary on those woods. That is a big reason i put this on here
Do not smoke with pine or cedar or any conifers. It can make you sick. This is where turpentine comes from.
Here is a good chart.
Thanks for the heads up. I would have killed my family.
I don't know if you would have killed anyone but there would have been a lot of curious faces sitting around the dinner table saying that there's something wrong with Dad's BBQ!
I use primarily mesquite, cause that's what is the easiest to obtain here, but I also use alder, maple, pecan, apple and cherry.
I keep 4 woods on hand at all times, using one or a mixture when smoking certain things. Apple, Hickory, Oak and Peach. I have to order the apple and peach online but with free shipping you can't beat it!!!
They make Cedar planks out of WESTERN cedar for smoking Salmon and vegetables. The EASTERN cedar is the one that is toxic, so I would buy the planks packaged in the grocery store to make sure it is safe other than going to the lumber yard and getting cedar not knowing where it came from.
I like Cherry a lot, Hickory and Apple for poultry. I would like to try peach and orange.
Pecan, Cherry and Oak are my go too woods for smoking.
Why is oak not on there?
Absolutely personal preference. My prefernce: Hickory for Pork, Apple for Chicken, Mesquite for Beef, Cedar for Salmon.