Smoking a Chuck Roast

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Original poster
Feb 8, 2013
Creede, CO
I don't post on here very often but I have found this site to be very helpful so far. I thought I would share with y'all what I'm up to today. Decided to smoke a small chuck roast, about 3.5 lbs. Here's the kicker, I'm using green aspen wood on top of Kingsford briquettes. I know most of y'all just jumped up and kicked your computer screen and possibly uttered or yelled a few obscenities. However, I live in CO and we have tons of aspen trees and I ain't rich, so I'm testing it out and seeing how this whole thing works out. I'll update y'all later today and if I figure out how to use pictures on here I'll post a few pics of the final product. Wish me luck. 
Really that is all you could find? Don't you have any scrub oak around there? How about Pinon'? I would steer clear of green wood, you will get creosote flavor if that is what you are after. I have smoked with Birch before and even cottonwood but never green. For like 4 bucks you can get some chips or chunks at home depot or wallyworld or whatever. Lasts a while too.
Also chokecherry, willow, wild rose, there are many good smoking woods laying around take a drive around the block I am sure you could find better than green aspen. sorry, horrified! Like ribs in a crockpot.
Way to far from a store to get wood chunks. About 100 miles to far. I've heard from some of the locals around here that Aspen has been used for a very long time and that often enough they used it green. We do have some willow bushes around here but I wasn't sure if that would be the same as a willow tree. And I don't think we have a lot of scrub oak at this high of an elevation, I live at almost 9,000 feet. 
For anyone who is curious. Green aspen worked out well. I had some trouble regulating my temps so it wasn't as tender as I had hoped but good nonetheless. I anyone else is curious as the the effects of smoking with green aspen wood, I think it worked well. Will definitely be trying it again.
often scrub oak and bristle cone pine are the only things growing up on the ridges. I lived many years in colorado from the front range to the san juans and a bunch of places inbetween. You should be able to find something in town I would think. glad it worked out.
OK I knew I had been there before. Used to do A lot of climbing down there when I lived in silverton and also salida. I would think your best bet would be oak for around there. High desert plant for sure. Of course you might have to wait for the spring melt lol. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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