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Old 02-05-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Howdy, Newbie here and I'm planning on smoking a pork butt this weekend but all I can find is mesquite woodchips. Should that work good with the pork? Thanks

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Old 02-05-2014, 06:17 PM   #2
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Pork imho is better with fruit wood and lighter woods such as oak, maple, pecan etc...

You don't want wood chips anyway, you want chunks.

Go to Lowes, Home Depot or any hardware store and they will have chunks.
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I would look for Chunks not Chips more bang for the buck Mesquite will flat out over power a Pig especially in in the Hands of a Rookie. Look for some Hickory Peach Apple Pecan Cherry Oak Chunks Not Chips
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First off what kind of smoker?
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First off what kind of smoker?
Yep... That's an important detail, especially when recommending chunks vs. chips.
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Chips work fine. Less worry about over smoking and less chance of smoldering chunks(Bad smoke). I can get more than enough smoke with 3-4 small handfuls of chips.one small handful is about one chunk. This all depends on your smoker.
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Chips work fine. Less worry about over smoking and less chance of smoldering chunks(Bad smoke). I can get more than enough smoke with 3-4 small handfuls of chips.one small handful is about one chunk. This all depends on your smoker.
all true...but beware the mesquite wood. it is a very strong smoke...can be nasty. look for apple or peach. sometimes all you need is charcoal.
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I use Mesquite, however it not only burns hot but also has a strong flavor. If you use it don't use too much at once and wrap early. The flavor is great as long as it is controlled.
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Actually starting out with an electric smoker I received as a gift. So, I guess I'll be looking for a fruit wood chunk.
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Thanks for all the advice, I think I'm going to need it!
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I think your better with chips for electric. I've never used one but I think that's what's best.
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Electrics take chips Walmart usually has two- three types also Academy sports and the bigger grocery stores around here will have chips in their grilling charcoal section
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Which electric smoker do you have? I have the original style master built 30 inch myself
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Yep most electrics chips are best..most smokers on here are charcoal or wood which is why i said chunks.
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with an electric .....use CHIPS !!!! hickory or apple .
SOAK !!! the chips for about an hour in water ( very important)
it should have a water pan ...USE IT ! fill it about halfway. 8 to 9 hour cook at 225 . add chips 1 more time after about 1 1/2 hours ...overall smoke time about 3 to 4 hours then wrap in foil and finish it off until the temp hits 190 to - 200 .BBQ newb 1 pork 0. BLAM !!!
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