Wood for turkey

  • Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
SMF is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.


Fire Starter
Original poster
Jul 28, 2016
Was wondering what you all use. I'm thinking about mixing pecan with either apple or cherry.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I use hickory, oak & pecan, because that's what is available around here.

I know a lot of the guys mix apple & pecan.

Those all would work well.  Depends on your goal bird.  IE While I wouldn't prefer it myself, you get do an aggressive spicy rub and smoke with an aggressive smoke wood like oak/mesquite and I bet that would work quite well.  Conversely, a classic smoked bird made with simple brine like Pops and mild apple wood.   For me it's usually milder stuff like fruit wood and most often apple.  I also think maple would be an option as well.  Pecan sounds great but never used it. 
Very light smoke... Oak or Hickory. Cherry will give a nice mahogany color on the bird.  A little smoke goes a long way. 

Thanks for the advice!  I'm going to try my pecan/apple blend for this first one, hopefully comes out well.  I personally like the heavier/spicy flavors, but my guests do not so I think this will provide something they will all like.
SmokingMeatForums.com is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.