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Anyone use maple?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bigmeatsmokin, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Has anyone used maple in the smoker? So far I've only used hickory, and I love the flavor, but I have loads of maple here in CT. Is it a milder or stronger flavor?
  2. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maple is an excellent wood of the smoker. Look at Smoking Supplies & Eqpt. category in this forum. Then go to "Woods for Smoking" and look at Dutch's post dated 2/22 at 11:18. He covers a lot of other woods as well as maple. By the way, he says that maple is "slightly sweet and good with pork, poultry, cheese & small game birds."
  3. Thanks Bill,

    I saw the topic for Wood IMMEDIATLY after I posted as a general discussion. I'm such the newbie!
  4. smoking falcon

    smoking falcon Fire Starter


    I've been following the forum for a couple months now and there is still SO MUCH unexplored territory, such a wealth of info. Not to mention that Staying up on all the current posts takes so long, and is many times so interesting that I don't have all that much time to go back to the dawn of time and read some of those first posts that were on this forum.

    Have fun reading!
  5. bob-bqn

    bob-bqn Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My brother brought some maple from Missouri and I really like it on turkey and poultry. :D
  6. brianj517

    brianj517 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ihave a good supply of maple from a tree that my in-laws had removed last summer to make room for their new garage addition. I have smoked many beer can chickens and chicken wings using all maple or a mix of maple with a little hickory or cherry thrown in if I want a little deeper flavor. Maple works very well with poultry and (I've heard) fish. I imparts a slightly sweet and lighter flavor than oak, hickory and mesquite.

  7. ranger72

    ranger72 Meat Mopper OTBS Member


    Maple wood is excellent for smoking especially Pork and Bacon!

    I live in Maine and I use it all the time, along with Oak, hickory and alder.

    Don't be afraid to try all types of hardwood and perhaps keep a few notes on the outcome so you begin to understand what suits your taste over a period of time.

    Never, Ever, use softwoods such as Pine,Cedar,Spruce, ETC. no evergreens!

    Only hardwood!

    ranger72 :D
  8. bekellog81

    bekellog81 Meat Mopper OTBS Member


    I used some native Missouri maple on chicken the other day and I must say that it was good!! It seems to have a lite sweet flavor as opposed to oak. I used to always use oak, but now that i tried maple, I will deffinatly use more maple in the future.