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Smooth vs Shag bark Hickory. Any Difference?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I have a bunch of shag bark hickory that I would like to smoke with but all of the hickory I've ever purchased has been smooth bark. Is there any difference between the two? Also, should I be removing the bark on these chunks or is it OK to leave it on?
post #2 of 7

The pros remove the bark

it has a different flavor. If you can remove it do so.

-rob
post #3 of 7
Shagbark is absolutely the best hickory you can get for smoking.Nice score!
If the bark falls off, fine, but don't go out of your way to remove it.
post #4 of 7
shag bark will smoke just fine,i use it.


mark

p.s. bark included.wink.gif
post #5 of 7
After seasoning for 6-8 months the shag bark will fall off when you split it.
The other doesnt seem to do that for me.
post #6 of 7
I've got shagbark round here, talked with the state forester, it works as good as the smooth bark hick, his words, I used it with the bark an like it just fine. Yall can try it both ways an see which ya prefer.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks all! I have a friend that's in the tree trimming/removal field so I get my pick of all the hardwood he chops down. Got a pretty good supply of cherry, apple, and hickory right now, but I guess I need to let it sit for a while before using it.
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