Another wood question

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by otis857, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. otis857

    otis857 Smoke Blower

    Greetings and Salutations,

       I have another question about a certain type of wood and if it would be good to use in my smoker. I have a huge Carob tree that I extremely dislike. Its a nice looking tree, but puts out tons of bean pods and trashes up the yard. But at one time, the food police thought Carob beans were a healthy alternative to chocolate. Now my wife would call that blasphemy, as she is a confirmed chocoholic.

       I did my yearly trimming and have some big branches that I set aside for this possibility. The wood is quite hard and I'm thinking it may impart a mocha like taste to whatever I would use it for, but that's an assumption. Has anyone here tried Carob wood for smoking? If so, what would you imagine it would work with? Or should I just pitch the limbs? Im up for an experiment, but maybe someone here has already tried it.
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I see references to it being used, particularly in Italy.  Whether yours is the same species?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I see nothing that says it poisonous so if it's a hard wood I think I'd have to burn some of the wood and see how it smelled if I liked the smell I think I'd try a smoke with it
  4. otis857

    otis857 Smoke Blower

    Well, I did a little more looking online about using Carob wood, until I got bored with the Internet jungle. Apparently it is used for smoking fish, especially Salmon in Italy. Carob trees are fairly common there, but mainly in California and Az here in the states. Its a very dense wood that sinks in water & burns slow. I could not find a reference to the taste of the wood when used for smoking. Although, I did find a few high end restaurants in Italy that listed Carob Smoked Salmon as menu items.

    I guess I'll have to experiment and see how it goes. BUt now I know its a safe alternative and I can save the bigger limbs that I was putting out for trash pick up
  5. Since it is very dense it should smoke quite well.
  6. sport650

    sport650 Newbie

    Carob wood is like alder wood it seam like u need a hot fire to keep it going is hard and dense
  7. I see yours is an older post but find myself with carob wood. As you say its a dense, heavy wood. A huge branch broke off from my tree and totaled my car. So, I have an abundance of carob wood. Did you try smoking with it? If so, what type of protein? Should I save it or just use it in the fire place?

    Looking forward to hearing from you and others.


Share This Page