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68pointbuck
12-10-2019, 02:45 PM
I'm relatively new the stick burner game... and I have the drop on a load of Shag Bark hickory through a local co auction. It will be significantly cheaper than the nearest wood yard I have found that sells hickory.

Is shag bark hickory similar to the smooth variety as far as flavor? Does the bark need to be removed? Teach me the ways!

Kmm
12-10-2019, 05:27 PM
Regardless of whether it is common shag or smooth bark (commonly known around here as shell bark). Hickory Is a great straight grained wood that is easy to cut, split and stack. When properly cured, it is excellent to cook with. However, be sure the splits are fully cured before trying to smoke with it, green hickory can impart a bitter flavor.

Nuco59
12-10-2019, 05:52 PM
Had a Brethren not long ago claim that "wood was wood"- exception being Mesquite. Pretty sure you are good.

Monkey Uncle
12-10-2019, 07:13 PM
Yeah, I can't taste any difference between the different species of hickory.

BBQ Freak
12-10-2019, 08:57 PM
smooth bark and shag bark hickory i can not tell the difference and i never remove the bark and that is all that i buy .

mike243
12-11-2019, 04:39 AM
I use the shag bark for quick grilling, it don't take much and gives a great flavor, and I mean just the bark ,the wood will cook the same , add the bark when the meat is on the grill, too much will get your taste buds tingling lol. I go squirrel hunting and If I pass a tree I peel some off.

68pointbuck
12-11-2019, 08:06 AM
Thanks!!! Looks like I'll be heading to the auction Sat morning! $145 for a 1/2 is better that $225 at the wood yard I had price in KC!

Denco
12-11-2019, 06:37 PM
That 'ol scaly bark will work just fine. Good price!

breavis
12-12-2019, 09:09 AM
Hickory is hickory as far as I'm concerned. Oak is a different story-we don't like red oak much in NC

Big Andy
12-12-2019, 07:34 PM
I use the shag bark for quick grilling, it don't take much and gives a great flavor, and I mean just the bark ,the wood will cook the same , add the bark when the meat is on the grill, too much will get your taste buds tingling lol. I go squirrel hunting and If I pass a tree I peel some off.

My step-father told me when he was growing up, all they used to cook their hogs was bark. The kids were sent off into the woods to gather lots of hickory bark and it was added to the fire.