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Unread 12-28-2007, 01:40 PM   #1
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I was curious if anyone can tell me the diiference btween Northern Hickory wood and regular hickory. Such as taste difference, (if there are any) how it is to smoke with, etc. Any information is helpful. Thanks.
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I’ve never used it but I would think that it may be even more dense if there is any difference at all….
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You mean my wood is different than someone in the south (hickory that is)
I scored quite a bit of Shagbark hickory this past summer and haven't noticed a diference from the stuff i used to get in the bag's??
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There are many different kinds of Hickory trees so I'm not sure what your "regular" hickory is. I'm not sure I'v used Northern Hickory either - my favorite is shagbarq hickory but a little goes a long way. I usually mix it with cherry.

I don't know how much difference there would be between the types if hickory.
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There are definitely different types of hickory, I got a pick-up load last week from Canton, TX. It is stronger than what I had been using.

I have been buying Big Johns in a 2 cubic foot sack, approximately 50#. I had been paying about $10 a sack.

The wood I got in Canton was free. I have been busy chopping and making optimum sized chunks for my Stumps. Some of it was rotten so I chose not to smoke with it and burned it in the outdoor fireplace along with 10 years of tax documents. I did burn some in the house but the hickory smell was overwhelming.
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There are definitely different types of hickory, I got a pick-up load last week from Canton, TX. It is stronger than what I had been using.

I have been buying Big Johns in a 2 cubic foot sack, approximately 50#. I had been paying about $10 a sack.

The wood I got in Canton was free. I have been busy chopping and making optimum sized chunks for my Stumps. Some of it was rotten so I chose not to smoke with it and burned it in the outdoor fireplace along with 10 years of tax documents. I did burn some in the house but the hickory smell was overwhelming.
I guess the best thing to do is burn a little in the fire pit and check it out… I know that I can usually tell if the smell is stronger or weaker… I did this with the Mulberry and found it quite close to cherry…

The next step would be to do something small like a fatty or chicken parts and see how they come out…
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People barbecue in the north? Glory be...

You know, I'd just use it as if it was 'normal' hickory and see what you get. I'd bet a brisket the taste difference would be minimal.
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Never knew there was a difference. I use hickory alot, And Cherry. But they are both strong. So use sparringly Till you know what ya like.
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I use Hickory from Mississippi
the reason is because it free >I get it from Flat Rock Furniture in KY. It does a great job in my off set homemade smoker
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People barbecue in the north? Glory be...
Hey now!! Them's fightin' words!!
Well, since I am from "Up Nort", and I use a lot of hickory, I must be using Northern Hickory, right?
Actually, I have access to a bunch of shagbark hickory, and since I have nothing to compare it to.... well, it's fine for me.
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Hickory is hickory! I would use what I can get. I know that Oak has a pretty wide variance in flavor, but with hickory, pecan, cherry, and other fruit wood you are pretty much safe.
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