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hemlock bark..I dont' think its safe

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I went to a buddies house last night for a few beers he ask if i wanted to go to his buddies house he was smoking jerky so i was like hell yes.. we get there and i am checking out his smoker and i notice he was using hemlock bark for smoke i always thought that it was real bad for you. What do you guys and ladies think is this good or bad? any help will help.. thanks

post #2 of 7

Maybe you're thinking the weed named hemlock that is poisonous.  I think the evergreen Hemlock tree got its name from it needles smelling like the herb variety. As far as using the bark for smoking I can't imagine it tasting good, But I do like the smell of evergreens burning. did you get a chance to try it?

post #3 of 7
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i tried a small peace and it was good to my surprise.

post #4 of 7

Never used Hemlock, or Pine, or Cedar, or Spruce, or any other evergreen tree.

post #5 of 7

I can't imagine anyone using any conifer species fir, pine cedar, redwood etc. for smoking meat.


There is the cedar plank method for salmon but that is a whole nuther kettle of fish as the plank isn't really fuel for the fire and the fish in only on the smoldering plank for a few minutes. 

post #6 of 7

I have always been told not to use it for smoking. But when I go camping I always use pine or fir for the camp fire and use the coals to grill steaks on a regular basis, it is one of my favorite ways to eat a rib eye or ny steak. Even still I wouldn't use hemlock bark to smoke jerky. Some Ceder if very toxic, I believe it is the ceder that grows on the east coast. For jerky I would stick with apple, pecan, hickory, cherry or a mixture thereof.

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thats what i thought was not good to be using it. I am going to talk to my buddy to tell his friend that it is not good for him to be using it. Thanks for the help

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