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5 top woods for smoking


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That's a pretty good video. I agree with a lot he had to say.
Hickory is definitely my favorite wood. Miss Linda on the other hand, says it's too strong. She prefers pecan--same flavor profile, but milder.
Oak, I find kinda bland. Apple, I just don't like.
Orange is my go to wood for anything pork. That said, the best pork loin I ever bbq'd was with 60/40 mix of pecan and mesquite.
Alder is great for fish, but I find that willow is just as good.


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Hickory, Cherry, Mesquite, Oak and Apple in order of most commonly used here.
Pecan doesn't even make the list as my family doesn't like it.
Cherry and pork is a match made in Heaven.
Hickory and cherry get mixed quite a bit.
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Fueling Around

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Good video. Not great.
His preference in wood doesn't match mine.
Pecan in pellets in the tube is my limit.
I love oak. Used it all the time in the stick burner offset (RIP) and fuel came off my trees.

I need to get working on my fridge build this winter. I miss the offset flavor of real wood. Pellet pooper even with a smoke tube just isn't here

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