Debark or not? Rate these woods. Peach, Pear, Pecan

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by viper, May 7, 2011.

  1. viper

    viper Smoke Blower

    First I would like to see if the bark should be removed from all smoke woods? 

    Also, I am trying to determine of the lighter fruit type woods, which you guys prefer?  I have used Cherry and just not happy with it.  Just an off flavor or at least the wood I have. 
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have not found the need to remove any bark from the chunks that I use.

    You might want to try combining woods for a better flavor. I use cherry with mesquite, apple with mesquite, apple and hickory. Pecan I've used straight with pork, and it was good. I've also used peach with other hardwoods. Pear, I have not tried.

    It really depends on what your smoking, and most of all, what you think of the taste. Save the planet... it's the only one with Q.
    Last edited: May 7, 2011
  3. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I do not debark anything but most of the wood that I use has thin bark. I like pecan very much. I also mix Apple with Hickory alot.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

      Viper, it's a personal choice ,I don't but if you can't get the piece to flame it will smolder and smoke white stuff.Pre-heat the wood on top of your firebox , this will help ignition[​IMG]

      Keep a small, hot fire and control heat with the air intake.Leave the exhaust wide open.

      I use all fruit wood and nut tree wood, the fruit is a great flavor enhancer.Cherry on Ribs is the Bomb,Hickory on Butts and Brisket and so on. The bark could ,if you have a smallish Pit,take too long to burn and make the smoke white,remember Thin Blue Smoke!

      Have fun and... 

  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When I first started smoking, I read a bunch of places saying to remove the bark.

    Others say you don't have to.

    I compromised-----If it falls off or comes off without busting my butt, I remove it.

    If it gives me any resistance, it stays on.


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