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Old 03-24-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default What is your favorite smoking wood?

After years of buying bags of Mesquite, Pecan, Cherry, and Hickory, I found that I already had the best smoking wood ever right in my own back yard. Manzanita! Manzanita is a large shrub that grows wild here in my western Sierra foothills It has a beautiful smooth red bark. Very dense and hard wood, the branches are 1 to 3" inches in diameter so they are easy to cut into chunks. The smoke flavor is not as heavy as Mesquite and goes well with all meats that I have tried it on.
What is your favorite wood? and does it grow naturally in your neck of the woods?
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:35 PM   #2
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I have around 40 acre of hardwood forest . hickory , different oaks , maples but for me hickory
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:43 PM   #3
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:46 PM   #4
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It depends on the meat I'm smoking and my particular mood at the time, but I can never go wrong with hickory...
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:51 PM   #5
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The wood I use most often is Pecan.

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Old 03-24-2011, 08:52 PM   #6
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I like 'em all, but hickory is definitely my go-to.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:52 PM   #7
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I love apple and sugar maple but I tried smoking a chicken over pecan shells and it was fabulous.

If I had to pick just one I'd say apple because I have a few apple trees in my yard that I can thin out plus I do like the flavor.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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To quote my buddy Scott, KCQuer, "Any wood is good for smoking as long as it is cherry!"
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I've never heard of Manzanita.

With a pecan tree in my yard, I use a lot of it. But I gear my wood choice to the meat I'm cooking.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:02 PM   #10
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I like a mix of Pecan, Hickory, Apple, and/or Cherry for most cooks. I use very small chunks spread throughout the basket in the UDS and the Gourmet.

Works great for me.

**Edit** if we're talking about one choice, I'd go with Pecan all day long.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:08 PM   #11
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If I had to only pick one..... it would be this one. Heheheee.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:12 PM   #12
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Apple,cherry on some meats.Alder on some others.All around go to wood.Pecan.It all grows around here.EXECEPT the Alder.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:16 PM   #13
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My go to is usually wild apple, but I enjoy black cherry as well...depending on what's being smoked.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:36 PM   #14
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I'd have to say of all that I've tried, I like cherry and apple the best.
I have enough cherry that I actually burn a lot of it for firewood. I probably have about 8 - 40'-60' tall trees, from 8"-12" diameter to cut down in the back of the property too. I get my apple from the large apple orchard that my property literally backs up to. I know that family that owns it and they have a huge burn pile of storm damage and trimmings just on the other side of my property line.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:49 PM   #15
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I've become a huge fan of Black Jack oak. Post oak is my alternate. They are the best all around wood I ever used.
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