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  1. #1
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    Default Woods And Their Uses

    What Wood To Use
    Wood type
    Characteristics
    Use with
    Acacia

    From the same family as mesquite, but not as strong.
    Most meats, especially beef. Most vegetables.
    Alder

    Very delicate with a hint of sweetness.
    Good with fish, pork, poultry, and light-meat game birds.Traditionally used in the Pacific Northwest to smoke Salmon.
    Almond

    A nutty and sweet smoke flavor, light ash.
    Good with all meats.
    Apple

    Slightly sweet but denser, fruity smoke flavor.
    Beef, poultry, game birds, pork (particularly ham).
    Apricot

    The flavor is milder and sweeter than hickory.
    Good on most meats.
    Ash

    Fast burner, light but distinctive flavor.
    Good with fish and red meats.
    Birch

    Medium hard wood with a flavor similar to maple.
    Good with pork and poultry.
    Cherry

    Slightly sweet, fruity smoke flavor.
    Good with all meats.
    Cottonwood

    Very subtle in flavor.
    Good with most meats.
    Grape vines

    Aromatic, similar to fruit woods.
    Good with all meats.
    Grapefruit

    Medium smoke flavor with a hint of fruitiness.
    Excellent with beef, pork and poultry
    Hickory

    Pungent, smoky, bacon-like flavor. The most common wood used.
    Good for all smoking, especially pork and ribs.
    Lemon

    Medium smoke flavor with a hint of fruitiness.
    Excellent with beef, pork and poultry
    Lilac

    Very light, subtle with a hint of floral.
    Good with seafood and lamb
    Maple

    Mildly smoky, somewhat sweet flavor.
    Good with pork, poultry, cheese, vegetables and small game birds
    Mesquite

    Strong earthy flavor.
    Most meats, especially beef. Most vegetables.
    Mulberry

    The smell is sweet and reminds one of apple.
    Beef, poultry, game birds, pork (particularly ham).
    Nectarine

    The flavor is milder and sweeter than hickory.
    Good on most meats.
    Oak

    The second most popular wood to use. Heavy smoke flavor. Red Oak is considered the best by many pitmasters.
    Good with red meat, pork, fish and heavy game.
    Orange

    Medium smoke flavor with a hint of fruitiness.
    Excellent with beef, pork and poultry
    Peach

    Slightly sweet, woodsy flavor.
    Good on most meats.
    Pear

    Slightly sweet, woodsy flavor.
    Poultry, game birds, pork.
    Pecan

    Similar to hickory, but not as strong.
    Good for most needs.
    Plum

    The flavor is milder and sweeter than hickory.
    Good on most meats.
    Walnut

    Very heavy smoke flavor, usually mixed with lighter wood like pecan or apple. Can be bitter if used alone.
    Good with red meats and game.
    "If you can't smell smoke it ain't a barbeque joint" peculiarmike

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    Great post , should be a stickey

    A list of woods NOT to use would go well with
    Phil


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1894 View Post
    Great post , should be a stickey

    A list of woods NOT to use would go well with
    If it's not on this list, don't smoke with it.
    Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ Team sponsored by Barsleaks/Rislone
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    Owner-Great Lakes BBQ Supply Co.

    I don't know what the actual temp is, but it cooks the way I want it to, so I don't guess it really matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba View Post
    If it's not on this list, don't smoke with it.

    Didn't realize that those specific woods were the ONLY woods that could be used.

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    Last edited by 1894; 08-23-2008 at 01:03 PM.
    Phil


    "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." --Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787

    Favorite tune !!
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    wikipeideia , estimates :

    With an estimate of 100,000 tree species, the number of tree species worldwide might total 25 percent of all living plant species.[6]
    But only 27 are suitable for cooking with ????????
    Phil


    "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." --Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787

    Favorite tune !!
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    All I was suggesting was a short list of the pine trees and the FEW deciduous trees that are not OK to smoke with . like ornamentals ect.
    Phil


    "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." --Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787

    Favorite tune !!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxiCrcV_R9o

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1894 View Post
    Great post , should be a stickey

    A list of woods NOT to use would go well with
    There is a sticky already listed under The Pickle Barrel - List of Smoking Wood

    I doubt that any list you see on the internet is an all inclusive - only use these woods - kind of list. Common sense and education would be key in not making anyone sick from toxins. I would say these are the most popular woods and easiest to find though.

    My worth anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1894 View Post
    All I was suggesting was a short list of the pine trees and the FEW deciduous trees that are not OK to smoke with . like ornamentals ect.
    Check out these sites for a short list. I'm sure there are countless others not mentioned. The woods are listed in the articles.

    http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/woods.html

    http://www.bbqdan.com/grilling/wood_for_grilling.html
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    Ya , thanks It was just hearing " If it ain't on the list don't use it " that stuck in my craw
    Phil


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    Yeah, I figured that. But it doesn't hurt to have the info you spoke of somewhat on hand. Still not an end all list though.
    Plank Owner ..................
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