Anyone tried dogwood chunks for smoking?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by franko, May 11, 2012.

  1. II live in the heart of East Texas, where we had a serious drought the last 2 or 3 years. Last summer it caused us to loose 10 beautiful dogwood trees in my back yard from 4 to 10 inches in diameter. I was wondering if anyone who might run across this thead had ever tried dogwood for smoking? I hate to just burn it up if it is useable.
  2. Never heard of anybody using it. It's not a nut or fruit tree so I couldn't say for sure. What does it smell like when it burns?
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I've been a member of several forums for the past 6 years, paying close attention to what people use for wood and I have never seen anyone mention smoking with dogwood, flowering or otherwise. So I will say no, do not use it.
  4. I would start by putting 2 or 3 small burgers on the grill. First get your dogwood chunks smoking real good. then try cooking a small amount of burger.Or instead of burgers try whatever other kind of meat you like that u dont have to invest a lot of time cooking that is not an expensive cut of meat. Worst case scenario if it doesnt work out you are only out the cost of a few burgers. If it does work on the grill then maybe it works with longer smokes to. Hard to say since nobody ever tried it. If you do try it let us know how it goes.
  5. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm a bit curious now, too. I've never heard of anyone using it, and I have a dogwood out back that is slowly dying. I will eventually cut it down anyway, but it would be nice to know if it's usable.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  7. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Did my own search elsewhere and found a couple of references that report favorable results using dogwood, so I'll change my original "no" to give it a try. One of the sources said to remove the bark first.
    Last edited: May 12, 2012

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