ive come to the conclusion that i dont like hickory at all. its too over powering on everything ive smoked with it. i prefer some lighter flavors in my food and it seems like hickory takes over. i am curious as to if anyone else agrees with me about hickory and can offer another smoke source that would be good as an all around choice for a bunch of different meats.
i smoked a rack of baby backs yesterday with mesquite chips and i enjoyed them much better than the last rack of spares i did with hickory. the mesquite was not as potent (if you will) and it let the flavor of the meat, rub and sauce come out more than with the hickory. i also grabbed a bag of apple wood chips to try with the next rack of ribs i smoke.
what is everyone elses go to for smoke? i was thinking of trying oak maybe but im really not sure what i should try next.