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sirthames
11-16-2004, 02:38 PM
Getting ready to cue a turkey for wife's office party ( I will probably do breasts instead). Which wood is best for that, oak, cherry, mesquite (usually pretty strong taste), etc. Any ideas would be appreciated and I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for your help today.

parrothead
11-16-2004, 05:07 PM
Go with apple or other fruit wood. I like hickory with my chicken, but tend to cut back on it and go heavier with the fruit wood.

Saiko
11-16-2004, 06:32 PM
What he said...cherry or apple

chad
11-16-2004, 06:54 PM
Any can work but like everyone said -- keep it light. I've got a 13# bird in the WSM right now with oak. It's for the office party tomorrow -- I've got another turkey injected and in the fridge -- I'll be frying it on-site for lunch tomorrow.

BBQchef33
11-16-2004, 08:58 PM
apple or peach for poultry is my favorites.

mook
11-16-2004, 11:13 PM
I like hickory on my birds. Great color and the flavor is just right.

kcquer
11-17-2004, 06:47 AM
Tom, Cherry is my choice for about anything, but if you want a bit mellower smoke flavor on a turkey breast apple or maple would be good alternatives.

BigBelly
11-17-2004, 08:15 AM
Yes sir, use the mild fruit woods to get the best flavor. If I had a choice I would use some nice wild Cherry.

cayenne
11-17-2004, 05:48 PM
I generally stick to hickory for my birds. But, I do usually end up throwing one or two logs of mesquite in there too. Often I use mesquite to raise temps if I need it...as that it seems to burn hotter. But, I don't use a lot of it on birds....

I'm anxious to try some cherry wood....next time I need to order a load, gonna get some of that to try...

Cayenne

BigAl
11-17-2004, 07:34 PM
Just don't use any pine!

Apple or plum.

Trout_man22
11-18-2004, 09:46 AM
Just don't use any pine!

“Many parts are edible” Earl Gibbons

brdbbq
11-18-2004, 10:36 AM
I prefer dry wood

sirthames
11-18-2004, 11:05 PM
Ok well there is an abundance or cherry trees in my area. Of course they are the "wild" cherry trees. Is that wood ok to use? I have several already to be cut down and start letting them cure for next year.

markbet
11-19-2004, 12:04 AM
I have heard that some types of cherry is not good. I have come across some wild cherry, would that a good wood to use?

jminion
11-19-2004, 12:06 AM
It can be a harsher than cherry from the orchards but it is good to use.

Saiko
11-19-2004, 05:12 PM
I smoke almost exclusively with wild cherry. Dunno if there are different strains of wild cherry though, but I've used the wood from about 4 different trees and they have all had the same sweet, mild smokey flavor.

markbet
11-19-2004, 05:21 PM
I smoke almost exclusively with wild cherry. Dunno if there are different strains of wild cherry though, but I've used the wood from about 4 different trees and they have all had the same sweet, mild smokey flavor.

Good information...thank you. My source has about half a rick of seasoned wild cherry for $40.00, I think I will take it off his hands.

BigBelly
11-19-2004, 08:27 PM
Solid choice dude!

david
11-21-2004, 11:50 AM
I use alder