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hemlock bark..I dont' think its safe

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by tyotrain, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    I went to a buddies house last night for a few beers he ask if i wanted to go to his buddies house he was smoking jerky so i was like hell yes.. we get there and i am checking out his smoker and i notice he was using hemlock bark for smoke i always thought that it was real bad for you. What do you guys and ladies think is this good or bad? any help will help.. thanks
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Maybe you're thinking the weed named hemlock that is poisonous.  I think the evergreen Hemlock tree got its name from it needles smelling like the herb variety. As far as using the bark for smoking I can't imagine it tasting good, But I do like the smell of evergreens burning. did you get a chance to try it?
  3. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    i tried a small peace and it was good to my surprise.
  4. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Never used Hemlock, or Pine, or Cedar, or Spruce, or any other evergreen tree.
  5. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    I can't imagine anyone using any conifer species fir, pine cedar, redwood etc. for smoking meat.

    There is the cedar plank method for salmon but that is a whole nuther kettle of fish as the plank isn't really fuel for the fire and the fish in only on the smoldering plank for a few minutes. 
  6. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have always been told not to use it for smoking. But when I go camping I always use pine or fir for the camp fire and use the coals to grill steaks on a regular basis, it is one of my favorite ways to eat a rib eye or ny steak. Even still I wouldn't use hemlock bark to smoke jerky. Some Ceder if very toxic, I believe it is the ceder that grows on the east coast. For jerky I would stick with apple, pecan, hickory, cherry or a mixture thereof.
  7. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    thats what i thought was not good to be using it. I am going to talk to my buddy to tell his friend that it is not good for him to be using it. Thanks for the help[​IMG]