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
04-21-2013 04:44 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.
04-21-2013 05:01 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 07:25 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 07:37 PM
Try smoking cheddar cheese with it!:-D
04-21-2013 09:51 PM
Try smoking cheddar cheese with it!
I haven't ventured in smoking cheese yet is it hard?