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Unread 10-01-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
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I don't understand how to pare the wood with the meat. I picked up some pecan wood today and all I have is a slab of pork ribs. Will this work? I usually use oak or hickory w/ the lump coal, but I'm stepping it up to try something different. Taking all suggestions, thanks!
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Unread 10-01-2010, 10:47 PM   #2
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Pecan is awesome on ribs. I like to mix cherry, peach, or fig wood with pecan wood. Flavor is incredible.
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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:22 PM   #3
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This is the way i tend to see it. Fruits and nut woods work well with pork and chicken. Mesquite and hickory work best with brisket. Thats my general rule of thumb. What fruit wood goes best with which cvut of pork is all opinion of pallet. So it changes person to person. But you might enjoy some pecan wood with your brisket. Its all trial and error
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I like hickory and/or pecan on ribs, hickory and apple on butts, oak and cherry for brisket and birch for my chicken.

Ya, I know birch is kind of a "WTF?" choice, but it works, and it works well.
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Pecan works very well with beef and fish. I like fruit woods for pork and chicken. I use mesquite very sparingly, oak as a heat wood, and hickory as a general purpose wood.

Opinions on wood are as lengthy as opinions on smokers. Try them all out, see what you like, and continue. That's part of the fun of barbecue.

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Thanks everyone for the help. It is a trial & error. I will try and see how it goes. I appreciate the tips:)
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My two cents:

For brisket, oak is THE wood, and if you don't have that, hickory needs to be in the mix. I usually mix hickory with apple and maybe some pecan, but I'm gonna get some oak before my next one as I'm convinced it's the best wood for beef. I've used just pecan for brisket before in the uds and didn't think it quite measured up by itself.

For pork shoulder, hickory is THE wood, but it's good mixed with other milder woods like white oak, pecan, and fruitwoods.

Chicken and ribs are fine with any of the above as long as the smoke is particularly clean and light, but the robust flavors of the nutwoods aren't necessary. I often just use just a fruitwood, but pecan should do just fine.

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Pecan will give you a different flavor, some say "softer and sweeter".
Since all I have presently is pecan, I am partial.
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When used in the correct amounts.... Light woods tend to have light flavor (like alder or apple on cheese and fish) and they go up from there. A heavy wood like oak or mesquite can be used on beef. Pork is a strange duck, heheheee. Folks might favor apple, cherry, maple or hickory on it.

It really all boils down to taste, and what you feel good about using. I use more cherry than anything. I often use a mix of woods too.
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Pecan is very versatile. It works with most meats. I use a lot of it. I'm okay with oak and hickory on sturdy beef cuts, like brisket. I like cherry on pork butt and ribs.

But, pecan is the wood I use most. You just have to experiment with different woods to find what you like.
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hard to beat hickory and apple for any pork, hickory and oak for brisket
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Well tomorrow I'm going to try the pecan with some pork ribs. I'll give you all an update when they are done. You all have been very helpful. Oh...one more quick question Will the ribs really taste nutty?
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If you have pecan you are good to go! Add some apple if you can.... good stuff!
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Oak and Pecan are my favorite for Brisket, I will use a lil hickory and apple for butts.
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Well the ribs are on straight up pecan wood...my neighbors are either going to love me or hate me...my yard smells AMAZING and there's a nice breeze to carry the scent all around.
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