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Old 10-29-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Removing the bark on split hickory

I just picked up a half a cord of split hickory...usually my base wood to cook with...and while stacking it I removed the bark as I always do. The reason is someone told me once that the bark can cause bitter flavors so I have never used it to smoke with. Do any of the brethren have an opinion on this. It is a lot of extra work (barbeque is a lot of work anyway) to get the bark off...especially if it doesn't make a difference.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:31 PM   #2
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I will summarize all of the previous bark/no bark threads on this and other BBQ forums:

yes, no, maybe, sometimes, always, never, if it's loose, hot enough fire doesn't matter

Seriously, I've seen all of those answers.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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I only remove bark on small piece that don't need splitting, tree bark is like a fire suit for a tree it requires more heat to ignite. On a split there is no need to as the inner layers light quickly especially if they are pre heated
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:36 PM   #4
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I use the bagged chunk stuff that sometimes comes with the bark on....I do not remove it and have not noticed any flavor difference. Again, this is not full splits, but the chunks that you buy in the bag.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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After Bludawgs post I'm starting to remove it.
I'm making myself a fire suit!
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:43 PM   #6
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i never remove bark.. lol no bitter tasting food here
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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I never remove the bark.....because my bark is worse than my bite
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If it falls off, so be it. Otherwise, it'll burn.
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Quote:
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I never remove the bark.....because my bark is worse than my bite
Funny!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:33 PM   #10
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Never remove and I do just fine in competitions.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #12
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I dont have a stick burner yet, and the chunks I use sometimes have bark, never remove. Heck I pull bark off a shag wood(?) hickory tree out on the golf course and will throw pieces of that on my charcoal while I'm grilling and it gives great hickory flavor!! People at work think that I've smoked my cheeseburgers cause it puts off that delicious aroma especially after it's been reheated. Leave the bark
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the info...I think I'll spend the time I save not removing the bark burning it.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:56 PM   #14
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Been smoking food for 30 years and have smoked with bark on, off, half on. falling
off, Iv'e smoked with wood that has laid in the woods for years, just knocking off the as much of the punky stuff as possible . Never noticed a difference.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:10 PM   #15
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I am a bark lover like it on my wood, briskets, and butts!!!!!!!
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