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Unread 11-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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I just received a bunch of pecan wood. I know it's in the Hickory family and heard that it tastes similar. I've read in some of my books that pecan has a milder flavor than Hickory, but now i'm getting conflicting information saying that Pecan is much stronger than Hickory and that I run the risk of over smoking if using even small amounts of it. So, I ask the Brethren what's the verdict on pecan wood?
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I have some in my UDS right now, along with charcoal and some Hickory MOJO bricks. I'll give you a verdict in a few hours.

Actually used it before and I'm a big fan of it.
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I'll be the first to say that you can send it to me
If i was stuck with only one wood, it wood be pecan.

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In Aaron Franklin's latest video, he says pecan is stronger flavored than hickory, but everything else I've read points to pecan being hickory lite.
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I agree with everything you've heard. Working through a cord of hickory I bought. It seems to work fine on my big cooker, but the stronger smoke flavor needs some tempering on my small offset. Pecan doesn't have the same bite but seems easier for me to work with.

Some great advice I once received: throw an unseasoned chicken breast on the smoker with each different kind of wood. It's a sure way to form your own opinion on wood favors.
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Having used a fair amount of both hickory and pecan, i think pecan is milder. However, i just used some chunks with lump charcoal (usually Ozark Oak) in the BGE (and cook my brisket hot & fast) so it's not like i'm doing a long all wood smoke.
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In Aaron Franklin's latest video, he says pecan is stronger flavored than hickory, but everything else I've read points to pecan being hickory lite.
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I've always thought of pecan as lighter smoke than hickory, but I also tend to use them for different things. I like pecan's flavor on chicken, so I tend to use it more sparingly given poultry can really soak up smoke quickly. Hickor is what I usually go to for beef, so I'm not afraid of putting more on the fire. So my usage may b coloring my impression.
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There is no such thing as over-smoking.
There IS such a thing as not burning a clean fire and covering your food in creosote.
I burn wood 24-7. I cook briskets 15 hrs over Hickory. Not oversmoked.
Pecan is similiar in flavor but an even sweeter smell. :)
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I use a lot of pecan. It seems to go well with every kind of meat. It has a pretty strong smell when burning, and I agree it is a somewhat sweet smelling smoke. I don't recall ever having a bad experience with it.

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I found pecan to be lighter.LOVE the way it smells too. If they had a pecan wood scented candle I'd buy it.
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Pecan is my favorite wood for pork. The smell of pecan smoke makes my mouth water, love it.
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The smell of pecan smoke makes my mouth water, love it.
Sitting on the patio with a cocktail with pecan burning in the smoker is certainly nice.

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I use a lot of pecan. It seems to go well with every kind of meat. It has a pretty strong smell when burning, and I agree it is a somewhat sweet smelling smoke. I don't recall ever having a bad experience with it.

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I use 100% pecan. Try it on a small test cook, you'll like it.
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