Anyone use maple?

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Original poster
Jan 6, 2006
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?
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."

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


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

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. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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