Black Walnut? Is it any good?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by flyfishjeep, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    One of my co-workers has a black walnut tree that needs trimming.  Is this safe for smoking and has anyone used it before?

    Thanks!
     
  2. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    Never used it, but the tree does produce a nut so it should be ok to use. I would test it sparingly. Black Walnut has a lot of tannin and it might make a slightly bitter smoke.
     
  3. In the 5-Day ECourse that Jeff sends out, he suggests avoiding it, as it leaves a bitter taste.

    Jake
     
  4. flyfishjeep

    flyfishjeep Smoking Fanatic

    I hadn't heard of anyone using it either, and if it leaves a bitter taste, then I will just trim the branches and put them in the fireplace later on.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Maybe to make a table out of but not for smoking I hear. Now it will make one pretty table too. I have a couple
     
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had a big old black walnut tree in my back yard at the first house we ever owned.  In the spring it was just like mowing a gatling gun, them black walnuts were firing everywhere!  
     
  7. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just used some last week on some stufz burgers and then later in the week for some regular burgers.

    I'll have to say that I was sure it would have a bitter taste but it didnt! Mrs SOB said she really liked it!

    It had a strong smoke taste But not as strong as mesquite.  I only had them on the UDS for about an hour

    so if it was used for a long smoke it might be too strong. Try it!  I like it and will do it again!

    SOB
     
  8. walterwhite

    walterwhite Smoke Blower

    I've used it numerous times and never noticed a bitter taste. It is definitely milder than hickory and mesquite.

    One of the main reasons I made my mini-WSM was to try different woods. I can smoke a couple chickens and some sausage in it and see what flavor different woods impart. The only conclusion I've come to is that everything that comes out of it tastes great!

    -walt
     

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