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Fishin4bass723 04-20-2013 08:12 PM

Smoking with Maple wood????????
My GF and I cut down part of a Maple tree in our back yard and am wondering if I can use it for smoking? Has anyone ever tried it before and if so what was the outcome?

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 04-20-2013 08:16 PM

Maple wood, especially sugar maple, is great with pork and poultry. It is a mild smoke. I use sugar maple all the time.

flyingbassman5 04-20-2013 08:32 PM

^^^what smoke said!

nucornhusker 04-20-2013 08:58 PM

Yep, sugar maple is good. I had some silver maple but wound up using it for the firepit.

Fishin4bass723 04-20-2013 09:37 PM

Do I have to wait or can I use it right away?

Pyrotech 04-20-2013 10:20 PM

I bought some to smoke Bacon with, tried it pork some pork chops and I am really enjoying Maple with the pork.

The Maple cured Bacon was used in a Bean and Bacon soup last week. The Bacon was a little to salty to eat as Bacon, but it was awesome in soup.

You should get some real good use out of the Maple...

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 04-20-2013 10:46 PM

I don't like to use green wood since I try for a clean burning fire so I age it. Fastest method is to cut it into 2" thick disks then dry it for a couple of months befor chunking it for use.

cliffcarter 04-21-2013 05:28 AM

I use red maple all the time, smells like smokey sugar to me. I like the color it gives to chicken-

Gasket 04-21-2013 06:19 AM

What every one else said.

SmokyWoodturner 04-21-2013 07:06 AM

I agree that maple is mild and good for all my smoking. I tend to stay away from the stronger woods like mesquite though. MHO

Mixin 04-21-2013 03:44 PM

Maple is my favourite. We have 4 maples on our property that I regularly "prune" for use in the smoker.

Because the prunings are only 1" diameter or so, I use them with charcoal. I've found they need a few months to dry out nicely (kept under cover). If I leave them too long, and they get really dry (like 2+ years) they don't seem to have as much flavour in them.

I also strip the bark, as it seems to have a slightly bitter smoke when the bark is still on.

tpope 04-21-2013 04:01 PM

Yep it is good to use after a cure. Common red maple... Ain't gotta be sugar maple to make good smoke.

Terry The Toad 04-21-2013 06:25 PM

I imagine that Wisconsin maple might be a bit different from Florida maple... but I find the maple here to be TOO mild. But, it just might be a personal preference. Season it a while and give it a shot. :-D

Brian in Maine 04-21-2013 06:37 PM

Try smoking cheddar cheese with it!:-D

Fishin4bass723 04-21-2013 08:51 PM


Try smoking cheddar cheese with it!
I haven't ventured in smoking cheese yet is it hard?

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