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How much and what kind of wood chunks.......

Discussion in 'Pork' started by lucc, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. lucc

    lucc Smoke Blower

    for shoulder and spares? I have a bag of hickory and apple chunks. I was thinking of using both to get a different flavor. My last smoke I used pecan chunks and I think I overdid the smoke flavor. I probably used 7-8 chunks throughout the smoke. My bro in law, wife and niece liked the stronger smoked flavor but myself, parents, sister and 2 other nieces though it was a bit too strong. I was thinking putting on an apple and hickory at the start and then another apple and hickory when I put on the spares. You think that would be too little? How much do you use and do you add throughout the smoke?
  2. ddigitalpimp

    ddigitalpimp Smoke Blower

    lately ive been starting my ribs (last three smokes i did BBs) with one chunk of hickory and then maybe two foil packs of apple chips.  once after the hickory burns off then one a half hour later.  i have the same smoker as you only modded a bit. 

    hickory will give you a stronger smoke taste than the apple.  first few racks i did when i was brand new to smoking i over did the smoke with hickory wood.  way too overpowering. 
  3. vonstigler

    vonstigler Newbie


    I had the same problem as you have had with too much smoke. Start out with a small amount of each wood.  Lately I have been using Oak for all my pork smokes, shoulders and ribs.  Apple would be good also, milder than most.  Ideally you want a thin blue smoke from the stack/vent, not a billowing white smoke. For the pork shoulder I have been smoking until it hits 160 internal temperature, and then foiled until about 195.  Ribs are smoked for 2 hours, foiled for 2 hours, and un-foiled and lightly smoked for the last 1 hour.  Add enough throughout the cook to maintain the thin smoke and you should be Ok.  This has worked for me fine.



    PS---Chips work good too to get a feel for how much smoke you need, but burn out faster than chunks.  I learned on chips.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2010
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I think I would try a good heavy dose of straight apple. it can give you smoke good smokey flavor and then be smooth enough for you and your parents. That's what I would do.