bark on wood?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by twistertail, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    I split up some cherry wood this weekend and was wondering if I need to take the bark off? Seems like I read something about that but cant find it now.
     
  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No, not necessary, if it falls off great but don't go out of your way.
     
  3. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    10-4, thanks. Most of it was falling off anyways.

    Hey, wait a minute! You're from Michigan, not sure if I can trust you or not![​IMG]
     
  4. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'll second what Bubba said...........although my wife is from Michigan so I might be tainted. LOL

    When you are getting around to using the wood, put the pieces you are planning to use on top of the firebox as you are cooking, before you throw them in the box, give them a whack on the ground or something and quite often the bark will fall right off.
     
  5. wavector

    wavector Smoking Fanatic

    That's what I do, and it works for me.
     
  6. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    From what I've read on another forum (I'm not cheating on you....just looking....I never touched!) the only time bark is really an issue is when the trees have been sprayed with pestasides; common with fruit wood. If you're sure they haven't, or the know the wood to be well seasoned, I'd leave it on. As far as flavor goes, I've tried it with and without and can't tell a difference. I'm sure the EPA would have a more strict line than mine.
     
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your right Twister, remove the bark, toss the wood and just smoke the bark (a little Michigan secret)...........lol[​IMG]
     
  8. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for letting me in on your "michigan secret"![​IMG]
     
  9. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You never "touched" ....... But did you inhale ? [​IMG]
     
  10. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never exhaled..........is that the same thing?[​IMG]
     
  11. greazy

    greazy Fire Starter

    I've long thought that bark added a bitter taste...particularly w mesquite...but it has recently dawned on me that bark falls off dry wood. I now wonder if it is the fact that the wood is not adequately dried, not the bark that causes bitterness.
     
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  12. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bingo!! [​IMG]
     

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