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Combining Woods for Baby Backs

post #1 of 4
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Hey guys,

I'm a complete noob at this. I bought a Weber One Touch 22.5 kettle with my xmas money and I've used it once so far to smoke some baby backs. Not knowing anything, I bought mesquite chips. My wife and I liked them a lot but I can definitely see how it can be too much for a lot of people. I want to smoke some baby backs for our Super Bowl party and I want to play around with the wood in order to tame that smoke flavor. What combo of wood can I use for baby backs? I was thinking either half mesquite half apple or half mesquite half hickory....
post #2 of 4

I checked the :rules: and found that since it is your ribs you can combine anything you want. I would add a fruit wood as hickory is also a very strong wood.

I see this is your first post. When you get a chance will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF welcome?

Happy smoken.


post #3 of 4

If you find the smoke flavor a bit too overwhelming you might want to consider these "milder" woods - Pecan (nice and smooth); Apple (a little sweeter than Pecan but still mild); and even some Cherry (sweetest I have used but works well mixed with hard woods like hickory and mesquite).

Most people find mixing woods (say 50% pecan with 50% hickory) gives them a good balance.


Having said all this - remember what mule says - they are your ribs - use whatever you like.

Just because someone else uses xx doesn't mean anything. Use the comments as guides, not rules

Experiment till your hearts content..................

post #4 of 4

Yeah a good mix makes it taste great  Just be sure and use seasoned wood



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