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Redheart
01-15-2010, 02:53 PM
I have discovered a large source of pecan hulls while I was out looking for sources of pecan wood. Has anyone ever smoked with the hulls? Figured I would wrap 'em in foil packs and treat them like the little chips of wood you can buy at the grocery store.
I am looking for a little input from my brethren in smoke before I head down the path.
I will probably give them a try early next week on some ribs.

comfrank
01-15-2010, 02:56 PM
Yes, I've used pecan shells. They work great. Treat 'em like wood chips. I often get people to save pecan shells for me at Christmas time.

--frank in Wilson, NY

BobBrisket
01-15-2010, 02:59 PM
The hulls are somewhat spongy and from what I've read, make for a bitter smoke. The shells, on the other hand, make for good fuel for a foil smoke bomb.
The hulls for some reason give off a dark, greenish smoke that is not very good. It may be because the hulls contain a good amount of sap/oil in them that doesn't really dry out or season away like it does in the wood itself.

By hull do you mean the casing that surrounds the pecan nut or the hard pecan shell?

deguerre
01-15-2010, 03:05 PM
There were some interesting observations in this thread by n8man...
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74392

ThunderDomeBBQ
01-15-2010, 03:08 PM
I thought about this last night while eating pistachios

Any input on pistachio shells?

Lake Dogs
01-15-2010, 03:09 PM
I have discovered a large source of pecan hulls while I was out looking for sources of pecan wood. Has anyone ever smoked with the hulls? Figured I would wrap 'em in foil packs and treat them like the little chips of wood you can buy at the grocery store.
I am looking for a little input from my brethren in smoke before I head down the path.
I will probably give them a try early next week on some ribs.

Hulls, or shells?


If shells, please, do tell (the source).

BobBrisket
01-15-2010, 03:43 PM
I thought about this last night while eating pistachios

Any input on pistachio shells?

I've tossed pistachio, walnut, filbert, and almond (Christmas time nut mix they sell) and even sunflower seed shells onto the grill for quick smoke and while they burn up quickly made for some nice smoke for grilling.
Also, in the thread referrenced by Guerry, you will notice that even when the hulls were burned in that basket and plenty of air, he still said they had an unpleasant odor. You will multiple that odor when putting them in foil cause they will burn much slower and longer and the smoke comes out very dense, acrid, and unpleasant. In large part, because the husk contains a great deal of oil during the time on the tree and that oil never really dries out completely.
I think I read that they don't even like to use them as fertilizer because that high oil content isn't good when released in the soil and absorbed by the roots.

Bulverde
01-15-2010, 08:27 PM
Saltlick Barbecue Rest. down here in Texas uses pecan "shells" (not hulls) when they hold the meat before serving. The shells are soaked and thrown on wood coals in an open pit. Those shells seem to put out a whole lot of smoke!

Also, they use Southern Pride's in the back for their main cook, in which they use pecan wood and oak combination ... and yes, I do know this for a fact.

Bulverde

comfrank
01-15-2010, 11:00 PM
The hulls are somewhat spongy and from what I've read, make for a bitter smoke. The shells, on the other hand, make for good fuel for a foil smoke bomb.


My bad. I thought "hull" was another word for "shell."

--frank in Wilson, NY

barbefunkoramaque
01-15-2010, 11:49 PM
logs baby

BobBrisket
01-16-2010, 12:00 AM
My bad. I thought "hull" was another word for "shell."

--frank in Wilson, NY

No bad done at all Frank. I was just trying to addess the thread title. I wasn't trying to correct you or anything. You use the shells, then, right? They do make for some nice smoke. Some nurseries even sell them as mulch. That would be one way to aquire them.

infantry66
01-16-2010, 09:59 AM
most processing nut houses will let you take all the shells you want or at least the one down here will saves them from having so much trash

Redheart
01-16-2010, 11:38 AM
wow ... hulls or shells? I thought what was left behind after you got the nut out was call the hull. But after reading nateman's thread they I understand the difference. These are shells.

Lake Dogs I will lt ya in on the source after I work out th pricing. I am a little afraid if we get too many folks trying to source shells through him he might decide to jack the price. I will lt ya know next week. I promise.

Thanks guys for all the input and advice and of course the education too!

big range bbq
01-16-2010, 12:00 PM
After reading a thread about 2 weeks ago I tried pecan shells and loved it. I throw a few hand fulls in almost everything we smoke or grill now. Never seen or heard of a foil smoke bomb though.

Redheart
01-21-2010, 11:39 AM
After reading a thread about 2 weeks ago I tried pecan shells and loved it. I throw a few hand fulls in almost everything we smoke or grill now. Never seen or heard of a foil smoke bomb though.


Smoke bombs are foil packets of chips or sawdust or shells etc that you drop on your coals.

Lake Dogs
01-21-2010, 11:40 AM
Shhhh, nobody's lookin'. Where?

;-)

Redheart
01-21-2010, 11:47 AM
Shhhh, nobody's lookin'. Where?

;-)


One of the local shellers is gonna sell 'em to me cheap. Don't worry I will lt ya know next week. I promise!

Sioux
01-21-2010, 02:02 PM
I get mine from Oliver Pecan in San Saba, Tx. They will even ship them to you. Can't remember the cost but I think it is around .50/lb.

chopshop
01-21-2010, 02:11 PM
[QUOTE=Redheart;1151747]Smoke bombs are foil packets of chips or sawdust or shells etc that you drop on your coals.[/QUOTE

if anyone wants to get some info on smoke bombs they need to talk to my butt. its the smoke bomb king.

1FUNVET
01-21-2010, 04:41 PM
I buy 50# of pecans every year for my wife to use in baking for the holidays and since i have to shell them i always have a nice stash of shells. Keep them in a plastic container or something similiar cause bugs have a way of getting to them.Also if you happen to get a whole pecan, they have a tendency to explode in the fire.

BSea
01-28-2010, 03:33 PM
I called Oliver Pecan in San Saba, TX (Thanks for the tip Sioux). I just asked for a few pounds, or whatever he could fit in a med pre-paid postage box. He said he'd take care of me. Here's what I got.:-P

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o320/BSea/BBQ/pecanshells.jpg

That's about 7 pounds of pecan shells, and the total came to $17.11 with most of it shipping. Maybe not all that economical for you guys that are pros, but for us weekend warriors, this is a pretty good deal IMHO. I'm going to have to try it tonight on something.

EDIT: By the way, that's a 2 liter bottle, not a 20 ounce bottle. And the picture is a little deceptive. the shells go almost to the top of the bottle even though the picture doesn't look like it.

DubSmoke
01-28-2010, 03:39 PM
peanut shells? maybe?

BSea
01-28-2010, 05:06 PM
Ooops!!! Sorry, I made a mistake. It wasn't 7 pounds, it was 15 pounds for $7.50. Anyway, it's more than I'll use anytime soon. But I have some friends who might like a little.

peanut shells? maybe? Are you asking if they are peanut shells, or it's not worth it unless they are peanut shells? If your asking what kind of shells, they are pecan shells.

lunchbox
01-28-2010, 05:10 PM
Ooops!!! Sorry, I made a mistake. It wasn't 7 pounds, it was 15 pounds for $7.50. Anyway, it's more than I'll use anytime soon. But I have some friends who might like a little.

Are you asking if they are peanut shells, or it's not worth it unless they are peanut shells? If your asking what kind of shells, they are pecan shells.

15 pounds for 7.50? DANG, that's a good deal. I might email them and see if they can hook me up.

BSea
01-28-2010, 05:13 PM
15 pounds for 7.50? DANG, that's a good deal. I might email them and see if they can hook me up. That wasn't including shipping. The total was $17.11. But in an earlier post I said that was for 7 pounds not 15.

lunchbox
01-28-2010, 09:04 PM
That wasn't including shipping. The total was $17.11. But in an earlier post I said that was for 7 pounds 15.

Still, an excellent price.