Cherry Wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by lhhand, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. is all cherry safe to smoke with i heard some cherry is poisinous
  2. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    cherry is probably my favorite, combine with oak, maple, or apple!!!
  3. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No poisoin cherry that i know of.
    Google cherry, wuite a few different varities, but all good for smoking!
  4. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    ^^What he said. I love cherry. I mix with apple and sometimes mulberry. I also like it with a touch of alder. Can't say I've heard of any cherry being poisonous...

  5. jond

    jond Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I am also a fan of cherry, albeit in the form of chips currently.

    This is a quote from Dutch's sticky at the top of the forum:

    "CHERRY - Mild and fruity. Good with poultry, pork and beef. Some List members say the cherry wood is the best wood for smoking. Wood from chokecherry trees may produce a bitter flavor."

  6. davidmcg

    davidmcg Meat Mopper

    Cherry is also my favorite and in my opinion best smoking wood on the planet. Great flavor and very forgiving if you chunk in too much. I also have never heard of poisonous cherry wood. What I have heard of is some people who didn't let it cure and used it too soon with poison ivy residue on it. Put that in your smoker and you'll get a surprise you won't like. Won't effect meat flavor but the effect on your eyes and skin is not very favorable.
  7. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    some varieties of cherry have either cyanide or arsenic in the bark if I remember correctly. I remember growing up as a kid we had three cherry trees in the backyard and my mom had taped a newspaper article about it to the back of the medicine chest.

    Anyway, I imagine if your just using the wood itself you should be fine.
  8. gobbledot

    gobbledot Meat Mopper

    Ihhand I have often thought the same about this topic, speaking of wild cherry but everyone says it is safe too. I havent tried any wild but i sure love the fruit cherry... just my two cents..
  9. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've never heard of cherry wood bein posionus. Some cherry fruits ain't edible, but not the wood fer smokin. Just besure yall let it season well before usin it.
  10. monty

    monty Master of the Pit Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use cherry all the time. And like others I mix it with maple and occasionally some store bought mesquite. The cherry I use is either chokecherry cut off my land or an occasional cherry log that gets delivered in my firewood. Come to think of it, the wood pile is where I get my maple, too!

  11. smok'n steve

    smok'n steve Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  12. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I keep tellin ya steve, it's pinapple!
  13. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Wild cherry is about all I burn in my stickburner. Never heard of it being poisonous, and until someone shows me some good proof, I'll keep using it as we love the flavor it gives to our food.

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