Alder wood for smoking

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by scaintman, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. scaintman

    scaintman Newbie

    I am in Anchorage AK and ate at a BBQ restaurant called Turnagain Arm Pit BBQ. Really good BBQ. The guy at the restaurant said that they used alder wood for smoking. The guy that I am renting a cabin from up here cut me about 40 lbs. of alder wood. At the restaurant they used it on chicken, beef, and pork. Does anyone have any experience with alder. I want to experiment with it when I return to SC.
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have been using Alder Pellets and I like the flavor.

  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's primarily what is used on all Smoked Salmon coming out if the Pacific Northwest and BC. I use it quite often on all cuts of meat. Make sure it's well seasoned though and not green.
  4. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've never used Alder, but have used a lot of willow--very similar to alder I'm told.  Nice mild, mellow smoke.  It goes great with anything.  Now that I have a MES 30 and an AMNPS, looks like my willow days are over.  Too bad, as I have no shortage of nice dry willow on my land.

  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When I lived in Depoe Bay Oregon they have an annual salmon bake. The entire fire line is alder

  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Wife and I were just talking about where we should go camping at this fall.  Hmmmmmm!
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm going over Aug 1st for some rock fishing. Then again Aug 13-16 to Toledo Oregon for the Toledo Wooden Boat Festival. Might be able to squeak in one last trip in September. I'll have to see though,

    The Salmon Bake is cool, well not if you're working the fire line!

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