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Smoking with Maple

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I read in the wood list in Wiki that maple can be used and it almost acts like a fruit wood with a sweet flavor.  Maple is a pretty easy wood to get anywhere and was wondering if anyone has or currently uses it?  Do certain maples work better than others or is this a "any" maple deal?

 

Matt

post #2 of 16

Matt, I use maple wood in my smoker for flavor.  It's a silver maple that was growing in my front yard; it took a lightning strike in '08 and it died off.  It imparts a sweet smokey flavor to the food but it's not as sweet as the Sugar Maple.

post #3 of 16

Use any of the 4 that are tapped to make Maple Syrup- sugar maple(AKA hard or rock maple), silver maple, red maple and black maple.

post #4 of 16

Silver maple is my most used wood. I do mix with others at times, depending on the meat.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

great that makes things easy.  I am trying to collect logs to burn in my big rig and maple is plentiful around here and everywhere I assume.  That will give me something to start with until I find that mother load of the good stuff.  I don't want to pay for it, so I don't see that happening any time soon.

post #6 of 16

MMmmmmmmm

 

Maple tree in front of my house looks like it needs trimming now. 

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

I have been thinking the same thing.  I hate them dang helicopters.  

post #8 of 16

My whole menu is based on maple. Its one of the best smoking agents I have found.

post #9 of 16

My whole menu is based on maple. Its one of the best smoking agents I have found.

post #10 of 16

maple is great for smokin bacon or pork!!!!!

post #11 of 16

Maple is my most favorite, but I can't really find any  I have lots of pecan though. I like hickory too.

post #12 of 16
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MMmmmmmmm

 

Maple tree in front of my house looks like it needs trimming now. 


 

How 'bout that Maple tree in your neighbors front yard. Is he going on vacation soon???

post #13 of 16



LOL

We are a sick and diseased bunch for sure. Pilfering wood from the neighbor's trees indeed. Have we no shame? 

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How 'bout that Maple tree in your neighbors front yard. Is he going on vacation soon???

post #14 of 16

A guy at work is selling truck loads of maple and cherry for $50!  I don't have a truck, or live close to my office, so he's gonna bring me about 30-40lbs of each to throw in the trunk of my car all for $5!

 

Looking forward to using each since I've only smoked with hickory so far!

post #15 of 16

Such a deal!

post #16 of 16

I use Box Elder which is actually a variety of Maple. Like the Silver Maple, the wood is weak and big branches are prone to break in the wind, so I took one down in my back yard and that gave me a pretty good supply.

 

I find it provides a mild smoky taste that works well with just about everything.

 

-walt

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