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Old 02-26-2020, 03:58 PM   #16
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I run either pecan or oak, due to having to clean up my place after storms. Almost a constant supply of pecan, as they are what I refer to, as being self pruning.

I have several family members as well as a close friend that have an aversion to the taste of pecan nuts. They have all been eating and enjoying meats smoked by me with pecan for decades, and they are aware that pecan wood was used to produce their food.

None have ever equated their dislike of pecan nut taste, to meats smoked using pecan wood.

Your taste buds may be more sensitive, but my experience has been that the smoke from pecan does not offend those with a dislike of the taste of the pecan nuts.
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Old 02-26-2020, 04:27 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Bigpappa1 View Post
Thank you, sir, that is helpful! I actually just did some snooping and found that my favorite que joint uses oak. I have been avoiding it for years for some reason, even though it's the most abundant wood I think I can likely get my hands on here in Iowa. That cherry is what I think I really need to try. I used a hickory/mulberry blend on some poultry recently, trying to go light on the hickory. It just didn't quite turn out the way I wanted. Gotta get me some cherry and give that a whirl. Fortunately, I got some big hunks of oak sitting around waiting to be split. Looks like I got wood for the weekend!
I think you will be pleased with using oak. It can be vastly different in taste, depending on how well it is seasoned, so make sure your using well seasoned.
Good luck finding the flavor you are looking for.
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Old 02-26-2020, 08:45 PM   #18
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I cooked almost exclusively with pecan when I lived in Louisiana. It is my favorite. I also like oak quite a bit. I have used red, white, and live oak with no problem. I use cherry of poultry when I can get it. Hickory is ok and I use mesquite in moderation mixed with oak.

Personally, I have never had good results with apple. Last year I found I guy on Craigslist who was cutting down 3 pear trees and I loaded up. They have been curing for a year and I will cook with them in the spring.

One time I got my hands on some persimmon and I recall being happy with it as well.

Avoid citrus for smoking. It is OK for grilling.
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Old 02-26-2020, 10:00 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Swine Spectator View Post

Avoid citrus for smoking. It is OK for grilling.
I find orange quite pleasant for smoking in the offset.

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Old 02-27-2020, 02:43 PM   #20
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Try either sugar maple or red maple if you get a chance. Lighter smoke flavor and imparts a golden brown color to chicken.
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:48 PM   #21
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:39 AM   #22
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Forest products is one of the top legal crops in my home state of Alabama. I burn a mixture of white and red oak, its suits our tastes very well. We also have large quantities of hickory available and I think the next time I buy some wood it will be added to my stockpile.
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