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  1. #1
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    Default List of Smoking Wood

    This list is from http://www.eaglequest.com/~bbq/faq2/8.html. Thought it might help anyone wanting to know which wood might work best.

    ACACIA - these trees are in the same family as mesquite. When burned in a smoker, acacia has a flavor similar to mesquite but not quite as heavy. A very hot burning wood.
    ALDER - Very delicate with a hint of sweetness. Good with fish, pork, poultry, and light-meat game birds.
    ALMOND - A sweet smoke flavor, light ash. Good with all meats.
    APPLE - Very mild with a subtle fruity flavor, slightly sweet. Good with poultry (turns skin dark brown) and pork.
    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 - Mild and fruity. Good with poultry, pork and beef. Some List members say the cherry wood is the best wood for smoking. Wood from chokecherry trees may produce a bitter flavor.
    COTTONWOOD - It is a softer wood than alder and very subtle in flavor. Use it for fuel but use some chunks of other woods (hickory, oak, pecan) for more flavor. Don't use green cottonwood for smoking.
    CRABAPPLE - Similar to apple wood.
    GRAPEVINES - Tart. Provides a lot of smoke. Rich and fruity. Good with poultry, red meats, game and lamb.
    HICKORY - Most commonly used wood for smoking--the King of smoking woods. Sweet to strong, heavy bacon flavor. Good with pork, ham and beef.
    LILAC - Very light, subtle with a hint of floral. Good with seafood and lamb.
    MAPLE - Smoky, mellow and slightly sweet. Good with pork, poultry, cheese, and small game birds.
    MESQUITE - Strong earthy flavor. Good with beef, fish, chicken, and game. One of the hottest burning.
    MULBERRY - The smell is sweet and reminds one of apple.
    OAK - Heavy smoke flavor--the Queen of smoking wood.

    RED OAK is good on ribs

    WHITE OAK makes the best coals for longer burning. All oak varieties reported as suitable for smoking. Good with red meat, pork, fish and heavy game.
    ORANGE, LEMON and GRAPEFRUIT - Produces a nice mild smoky flavor. Excellent with beef, pork, fish and poultry.
    PEAR - A nice subtle smoke flavor. Much like apple. Excellent with chicken and pork.
    PECAN - Sweet and mild with a flavor similar to hickory. Tasty with a subtle character. Good with poultry, beef, pork and cheese. Pecan is an all-around superior smoking wood.
    SWEET FRUIT WOODS - APRICOT, PLUM, PEACH, NECTARINE - Great on most white or pink meats, including chicken, turkey, pork and fish. The flavor is milder and sweeter than hickory.
    WALNUT - ENGLISH and BLACK - Very heavy smoke flavor, usually mixed with lighter woods like almond, pear or apple. Can be bitter if used alone. Good with red meats and game.

    BBQ List members report that wood from the following trees is suitable for smoking:
    BAY, CARROTWOOD, KIAWE, MADRONE, MANZANITA, GUAVA and OLIVE. The ornamental varieties of fruit trees (i. e. pear and cherry) are also suitable for smoking.

    Other Internet sources list the wood from the following trees as suitable for smoking:
    BEECH, BUTTERNUT, FIG, GUM, CHESTNUT, HACKBERRY, PIMIENTO, PERSIMMON, and WILLOW.

  2. #2
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    Good info. I've actually got some fig here. Used it once and liked it.

    Sassafrass and mulberry I've used too. Sassafrass has a root beer flavor.

    Normal woods for me are Apple, Oak and Pecan.

    Red Apple Guy

  3. #3
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    I've used Sweet Gum too. Middle of the road, neutral flavor.

  4. #4
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    Has anyone ever answered the Russian Olive question? I've seen folks discuss it on other forums but it seems like no one has tried smoking with it. Lord knows it's plentiful enough as it grows like a weed in a lot of the country.

    Yay, or Nay?
    John ~ Michigan Drum Corps

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  5. #5
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    for posting this! My MIL is having her birch tree taken down next month and she is giving us the wood. I wasnt sure if I could use it for smoking, now I know I can!
    Cheers!
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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeN View Post
    for posting this! My MIL is having her birch tree taken down next month and she is giving us the wood. I wasnt sure if I could use it for smoking, now I know I can!

    Not having smoked with birch, I don't know for sure, but I'd remove the bark from it before smokin. I have used the bark from.downed trees to start a lot of fires while camping and it gives off a pretty thick black smoke.
    John ~ Michigan Drum Corps

    Brinkmann Cook 'N Ca'jun Charcoal Water Smoker
    Brinkmann Smoke 'N Pit Smoke King Charcoal Water Smoker (vertical)
    Brinkmann Smoke 'N Pit Professional (Horizontal w/SFB)
    UDS
    Char-Broil Commercial Series 3 burner gas grill w/side burner
    Graber Grill with Weber Grill lid for campfire smoking
    Char-Broil H2O Smoker Deluxe

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokin View Post
    This list is from http://www.eaglequest.com/~bbq/faq2/8.html. Thought it might help anyone wanting to know which wood might work best.

    ACACIA - these trees are in the same family as mesquite. When burned in a smoker, acacia has a flavor similar to mesquite but not quite as heavy. A very hot burning wood.
    ALDER - Very delicate with a hint of sweetness. Good with fish, pork, poultry, and light-meat game birds.
    ALMOND - A sweet smoke flavor, light ash. Good with all meats.
    APPLE - Very mild with a subtle fruity flavor, slightly sweet. Good with poultry (turns skin dark brown) and pork.
    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 - Mild and fruity. Good with poultry, pork and beef. Some List members say the cherry wood is the best wood for smoking. Wood from chokecherry trees may produce a bitter flavor.
    COTTONWOOD - It is a softer wood than alder and very subtle in flavor. Use it for fuel but use some chunks of other woods (hickory, oak, pecan) for more flavor. Don't use green cottonwood for smoking.
    CRABAPPLE - Similar to apple wood.
    GRAPEVINES - Tart. Provides a lot of smoke. Rich and fruity. Good with poultry, red meats, game and lamb.
    HICKORY - Most commonly used wood for smoking--the King of smoking woods. Sweet to strong, heavy bacon flavor. Good with pork, ham and beef.
    LILAC - Very light, subtle with a hint of floral. Good with seafood and lamb.
    MAPLE - Smoky, mellow and slightly sweet. Good with pork, poultry, cheese, and small game birds.
    MESQUITE - Strong earthy flavor. Good with beef, fish, chicken, and game. One of the hottest burning.
    MULBERRY - The smell is sweet and reminds one of apple.
    OAK - Heavy smoke flavor--the Queen of smoking wood.

    RED OAK is good on ribs

    WHITE OAK makes the best coals for longer burning. All oak varieties reported as suitable for smoking. Good with red meat, pork, fish and heavy game.
    ORANGE, LEMON and GRAPEFRUIT - Produces a nice mild smoky flavor. Excellent with beef, pork, fish and poultry.
    PEAR - A nice subtle smoke flavor. Much like apple. Excellent with chicken and pork.
    PECAN - Sweet and mild with a flavor similar to hickory. Tasty with a subtle character. Good with poultry, beef, pork and cheese. Pecan is an all-around superior smoking wood.
    SWEET FRUIT WOODS - APRICOT, PLUM, PEACH, NECTARINE - Great on most white or pink meats, including chicken, turkey, pork and fish. The flavor is milder and sweeter than hickory.
    WALNUT - ENGLISH and BLACK - Very heavy smoke flavor, usually mixed with lighter woods like almond, pear or apple. Can be bitter if used alone. Good with red meats and game.

    BBQ List members report that wood from the following trees is suitable for smoking:
    BAY, CARROTWOOD, KIAWE, MADRONE, MANZANITA, GUAVA and OLIVE. The ornamental varieties of fruit trees (i. e. pear and cherry) are also suitable for smoking.

    Other Internet sources list the wood from the following trees as suitable for smoking:
    BEECH, BUTTERNUT, FIG, GUM, CHESTNUT, HACKBERRY, PIMIENTO, PERSIMMON, and WILLOW.

    I used walnut once...only once. Smelled great while cookin'. Similar to pecan. But it was nasty strong! Use sparingly.
    "Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken."
    Tom, smoker of meats and fine cigars
    UDS, Vicking grill


  8. #8
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    I didn't know you could smoke with soft maple. We have tons of that in this neck of the woods. People can't give the stuff away. I was thinking that would make my hickory suppy go farther by mixing some of that in for heat.
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