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#11875789 - 10/11/16 05:02 PM different kind of wood for smoking
Ryno Offline
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I typically use oak, apple and hickory. I have a friend who has a bradford pear that needs to be cut down. Can that be used for smoking?
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#11875889 - 10/11/16 06:24 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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If a tree produces anything edible, you can smoke with it. So, yes. Just because Bradford pears are tiny and mostly core doesn't change the fact they're still fruit trees. We had a great conversation on here a few years ago about various smoking woods.

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#11875899 - 10/11/16 06:30 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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i use pear wood to finish off a smoked meat. it's kind of weird when you split it. it looks like thorns in the middle of the wood. you start a split and then pull it apart and one pc will have a 1" or bigger thorn that pulls out of the other pc. i get my pear wood from the same guy every time, so it may just be his trees. those little pears make a great pear pie too.
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#11876328 - 10/11/16 10:41 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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Any tree that bares FRUIT......use it
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#11876459 - 10/12/16 06:27 AM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Due to tannins, I would avoid oak.

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#11876893 - 10/12/16 10:25 AM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
Chevy4dr57 Offline
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Great video from BBQ with Franklin about woods for smoking:
http://www.pbs.org/video/2365063200/

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#11876901 - 10/12/16 10:28 AM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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Any fruit or nut tree.
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#11877470 - 10/12/16 02:37 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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oak is actually my favorite lol and if Aaron Franklin says to use something, I'm going to use it lol
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#11877924 - 10/12/16 07:57 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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Snow's in Lexington also uses oak..for years #1 in state
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#11890703 - 10/20/16 11:41 AM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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Watched one of Alaska Wilderness shows on TV the other night where they were smoking salmon. I couldn't believe it when they said they used cottonwood trees to smoke their fish! Of course they don't have the options we have.

I second all of the recommendations above. In my experience mesquite and hickory have a strong smoke flavor and are OK for fish (that doesn't take long to smoke) and for finishing meats. My favorite wood for smoking is pecan. Pecan wood doesn't burn long enough for some cooking needs (like brisket) and so I may cook with something different but use pecan for the smoking part of it.
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#11890852 - 10/20/16 12:46 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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With three pecan trees on my property I do a once a year trimming and pick up scattered limbs that fall and have all of my wood for my little smoker for the whole year. I do use a few other woods like Cherry, Apple and Hickory for some things but my favorite is the Pecan and when I am doing fish or chicken I actually use a combination of the Pecan and Apple.
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#11891068 - 10/20/16 02:21 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: pineywoods]
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Originally Posted By: pineywoods
Watched one of Alaska Wilderness shows on TV the other night where they were smoking salmon. I couldn't believe it when they said they used cottonwood trees to smoke their fish! Of course they don't have the options we have.

I second all of the recommendations above. In my experience mesquite and hickory have a strong smoke flavor and are OK for fish (that doesn't take long to smoke) and for finishing meats. My favorite wood for smoking is pecan. Pecan wood doesn't burn long enough for some cooking needs (like brisket) and so I may cook with something different but use pecan for the smoking part of it.


Pecan don't burn long enough to cook a brisket?? You people crack me up. It's all about air flow, which way the wind is blowing, etc... piece a cake to regulate.

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#11895474 - 10/23/16 12:01 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
pineywoods Offline
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Longeye, you are correct that for each cookout things are a little different depending on the wind and position of your cooker in relation to it, if any. Pecan will cook'em, just have to add coals a little more often in my personal experience. I figured somebody would jump me about the comment that oak and mesquite can be a little strong flavored. I meant to say when you use those woods for the actual smoking process (that uses pieces of wood) as opposed to what I call the cooking process (that uses only coals).

That said, I am no expert so enjoy your own methods and woods!
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#11922536 - 11/07/16 10:20 PM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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I use Bradford pear an it works great burns pretty slow 2

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#11923114 - 11/08/16 10:14 AM Re: different kind of wood for smoking [Re: Ryno]
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Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: mckinney
When smoking pork, try alternating pecan and hickory. Is very good on pork in my opinion.

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