Oak from my yard...

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by wbrian, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Hi All,

    I am (as  I type) having an oak tree cut back in the front of my house.  I use a Brinkmann Vertical charcoal smoker.  OK to use this wood for smoking?  I know to age it and let it dry out.  I was considering using the pieces I don't use for firewood as smoking wood.  Is oak a good flavoring?


  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Brian, Oak is a great wood to use. Here is an excerpt from the "Woods for Smoking" Wiki:

  3. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Excellent!  Then I should have kept the little stuff.  They mulched it all up by the time I got back from the bank...  But now I know.  I'll do the trimming from here on out!

    Thanks again,

  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We use oak  all the time, it's very abundant down here in Florida.
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Depends on where you are and which species of oak you have. I'm in Maine and because of the climate the red oak we have up here can take 2 years or more to season properly for cooking. I have a pile stacked in my back yard that has been off the stump for almost 21 months and it still has too much moisture in it to BBQ with it. 
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Go figger.  The California red oak from the central coast area was historically the wood of choice for grilling the Santa Maria Tri-tips.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The oak used in Santa Maria is called "red oak" as a local name, it's common name is coastal live oak and is not the same tree as northern red oak or southern red oak.

    All tree species have scientific and common names and many will also have "local" names that are region specific- ie red maple is called "swamp maple" in Maine because it grows in wetter, low lying areas.

    Oak has, by my count, 49 species in the US. I have seen mention of 6 by name that are used in BBQ- live oak, northern and southern red oaks, post oak, white oak and coast live oak. If anyone uses any of the other 43 oak species to cook with I would like to know about it and add to the list.
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I figured something like that had to be going on.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Nothing is better than free wood for  smokeing[​IMG].

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