Beechwood ??

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by siege, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. siege

    siege Smoke Blower

    I recently saw a TV commercial for a premium Black Forest ham that was beechwood smoked. Prior to that, I had only heard it mentioned as a barrel material to age beer.
    Has anyone tried using in in a smoker ? What wood has a similar flavor profile ?
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2015
  2. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    I have heard that commercial on the radio recently.  I was thinking of trying the ham to find out.

    Todd at Amazen Products does sell Beech dust and pellets.  
     
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. Am I the only one old enough to remember Beechnut gum? Supposedly, if the fruit (or nut) is edible the smoke is good. Black walnuts and beechnuts are definitely edible, more edible than Red Oak acorns, and Red Oak is wonderful for smoking. ​Thanks, you've just added two more to the woods I can source locally.
     
  5. siege

    siege Smoke Blower

    Let us know how the beech works out. I'd be interested in what you smoke, and the flavor profile !
     
  6. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use beech (pellets) for all my pork cold smokes. At the end I add some cherry for colour. Where I grew up beech was the wood of choice for sausages, cold smoked bacon, hams, hocks, dry cured muscle, lardo, neckbones, feet, offal and blood sausages.
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I saw the Boarshead Commercial. I never used Beech. Looked for some detail on the Black Forest Ham production. Most info says they are somewhat similar to American Country Ham (Dry Cured and aged) but uses more spices including Juniper Berries and is smoked a long time with FIR, SPRUCE, and JUNIPER...Guess it is only in the States that these kinds of woods for smoking are denounced...JJ

    http://www.schwarzwaelder-schinken-verband.com/index.php?seite=herstellung#7
     
  8. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

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