Wine barrel wood?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by meatball, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My wife came across some wood that apparently is busted up wine barrels? It was at K-mart of all places and pretty cheap. Of course, she didn't pick it up for me [​IMG] Anyway, before I waste time and meat, thought I'd ask if anybody has used this and what the flavor is like?
     
  2. hog warden

    hog warden Smoking Fanatic

    Most wine and whiskey barrels are made from oak. Usually white oak. Charred on the inside.

    If it's good enough for Silver Oak, it's good enough for me.

    http://www.silveroak.com/winemaking/barrels

    Give it a try!
     
  3. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Don't get me wrong, it will work just fine. But, I wouldn't go tearing into good barrels just for the wood. Personally, I can't tell any taste difference when using the barrel wood over a good seasoned oak split.
     
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If the price is right then absolutely grab some.
     
  5. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think Jack Daniels even sells whiskey barrell wood for smoking, or charcoal from same.
     
  6. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are after the essence of wine in you BBQ, take a swig before you cut off the next rib! The wood is fine for smoking, but will not add an appreciable "flavor" to your next butt, or that brisket. If you can get the wood cheaply, go for it, as it will be good solid oak. Just my $.02.
     
  8. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    [​IMG] Yeah, I put some older red wine in the water pan on my last smoke and can't say it did too much to the flavor. I think I'll give this stuff a try though, as I don't have any oak right now and my wife said it was really cheap. Thanks for the feedback guys.
     
  9. planeguy

    planeguy Smoke Blower

    I live out by a a ton of wineries and at the end of the season they sell whole barrels for $25. I have bought them in the past for the wood (they make cool tables too if you throw a piece of glass on top) and although it doesnt do much for the flavor its still a bargin.
     
  10. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have used those before, you don't get any whiskey flavor at all. It's all in the marketing!
     

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