Originally Posted by SC_Dave
My buddy called me and said he got 3 big pecan limbs from his neighbors yard for me after a storm passed through. Got'em today and cut them into chunks to let them dry. Once it dries should I remove the bark before using? I was told it would give the meat a bitter taste. ?????
The only reason that bark would cause a bitter taste is that it had too much moisture in it and smoldered instead of combusting. The bitter taste that you sometimes find in Q is actually creosote and that is either caused by wet fuel, poor draft in the cooker or a combination of the two.