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Does Blackjack taste similar to other Oaks?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've done a lot of cooking mainly using either hickory or post oak and some pecan. I have a tree of blackjack cut and split ready to cook with offered to me. Just wondering if its simulare to post oak or white oak.
Thanks!
post #2 of 8

You should check out this link to wikipedia for blackjack oak. It's very dense. That means it will actually burn "ashless" in the right conditions. You'll have a very good piece of wood that will burn very low and slow. It is very similar to post oak. The density of the wood make it burn that way.

Here's a wiki quote:

The wood is very dense and produces a hot flame when burned, which functions as an excellent source of heat for barbecues and wood-burning stoves. However, the wood is not desirable for wood fireplaces because the heat causes popping, thereby increasing the risk of house fires.

Here;s the link I read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_marilandica

Hope that helps,

WC

post #3 of 8

Oaks are discussed here where Black Jack is mentioned:  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/74499/type-of-oak-for-smoking

 

It apparently is in the red oak family and possibly post oak is too. I use several oaks as a base wood and really like it. Since I always mix it with fruit wood, I can't tell the difference between the oaks that I have used. Rarely use hickory anymore, like a lighter, sweeter smoke flavor as I get older. As usual, just make sure it is dried and aged well before use.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ok, thanks for the info. I'm gonna give it a whirl and see how it taste on a brisket this weekend!
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Originally Posted by Kevin Adcock View Post

Ok, thanks for the info. I'm gonna give it a whirl and see how it taste on a brisket this weekend!

Let us know how it worked for you.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
This weekend I smoked a brisket and spare ribs with blackjack wood. The first part I cooked at low temp then kicked the temp up the last 7hrs. Total Cook time was about 10hrs. The smoke was a medium smoke flavor. I thought it was something between an oak and hickory flavor, not sure but it was darn good!!! The neighbors loved it!
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
This is the brisket from the blackjack cook.

post #8 of 8

Sounds like Blackjack is a winner and a wood that's between hickory and oak can't be bad to use. Your results look really good.

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