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krshome 10-25-2012 05:45 PM

White Oak
 
So I have white oak trees as far as the eye can see. How is white oak for smoking? is it a universal wood as far as flavor go's. Does it go with different meats mostly pork and beef.

Boshizzle 10-25-2012 05:47 PM

I use white oak for everything and am a big fan. Virginians have been using to cook BBQ for centuries.

krshome 10-25-2012 05:56 PM

Great! $6 for a small bag of wood from lowes was getting kinda ridiculous. If its free its for me! I have also been trying to figure if VA had a style of BBQ, I guess this would be it.

Boshizzle 10-25-2012 05:59 PM

Virginia style? American style BBQ started in Virginia and spread from there. Hickory and oak were the woods of choice. Salt, pepper, lard/butter, vinegar and cayenne pepper were the seasonings of choice unless you were wealthy. Then, you would add some jelly, honey, fruit syrup, or sugar to the mix. And, they cooked all kinds of meat not just pork though pork was prevalent.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 10-25-2012 06:01 PM

White oak is great for beef. Post oak, used a lot in the Central Texas BBQ Meccas where brisket is king, is a type of white oak.

Bluebird 10-25-2012 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Boshizzle (Post 2255531)
I use white oak for everything and am a big fan. Virginians have been using to cook BBQ for centuries.

What he said!

krshome 10-25-2012 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boshizzle (Post 2255542)
Virginia style? American style BBQ started in Virginia and spread from there. Hickory and oak were the woods of choice. Salt, pepper, lard/butter, vinegar and cayenne pepper were the seasonings of choice unless you were wealthy. Then, you would add some jelly, honey, fruit syrup, or sugar to the mix. And, they cooked all kinds of meat not just pork though pork was prevalent.

Thanks for the schooling, I really mean it. I didn't even think VA was know for BBQ. All I ever here around me is NC style but I guess its really it VA style. (I hope i'm not starting a war)

Boshizzle 10-25-2012 06:12 PM

There was a time when places in states now known as BBQ meccas advertised "old Virginia BBQ" on their menus.

Virginia has a rich BBQ history. I am going to write about it one of these days.

CarolinaQue 10-25-2012 06:58 PM

If I was told that I could have only one wood to smoke with of my choice...I would pick White Oak!!!

neuyawk 10-25-2012 07:03 PM

The best wood is the ones that grow near you, unless of course you're in Pine city Colorado. I smoke with oak & honey locust cuz I get get them cheap here from the landscaping guys in Nassau County. $75 fills my entire truck bed.

Also hillarious is that there's alot of places around NYC & Long Island claim to cook with hickory. If they all burned hickory the way they imply they do, we'd burn up every hickory tree from here to upstate NY.

krshome 10-25-2012 08:00 PM

Looks like I'm going to have to raid the neighbors wood pile for my next smoke.

snyper77 10-25-2012 10:27 PM

To my knowledge, anything ending in "oak" is great to cook with. I use red oak, here in AL.

CarolinaQue 10-25-2012 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by snyper77 (Post 2255767)
To my knowledge, anything ending in "oak" is great to cook with. I use red oak, here in AL.


Not sure I agree with that. I think it depends on where the tree is regionally. I know that red oak here in Maine is not the same as the red oak in Cali. I tried red oak when I lived in VA, and I've tried 'que cooked with New England red oak...and I don't like the results. I've heard that black and pin oak isn't that great for smoking either.

Boshizzle 10-25-2012 10:36 PM

I've used VA red oak and thought it did well. Poison oak on the other hand isn't something I'd try.

Bluebird 10-26-2012 04:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Boshizzle (Post 2255777)
I've used VA red oak and thought it did well. Poison oak on the other hand isn't something I'd try.

Well said LOL!


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