First Smoke coming up

Discussion in 'Beef' started by toasterdood, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Finally got the smoker I wanted now. My wife has never had smoked anything and I want her to have a good experience. Anyone have a suggestion on what kind of wood I should use for first time smoke eater? I will be cooking ribs...
  2. phillet

    phillet Fire Starter

    i did some ribs for the first time 2 weeks ago and just used what i had laying around (hickory) and it was awesome with the pork ribs

    if your not 100% sure that your lady will like the full smoke flavor i would suggest only using the wood for an hour or two and just let charcoal do the rest of the work

    this is what i had to do because mine really does not like that hardcore flavor....maybe i need to experiment with some lighter woods but i kinda believe its just the smoke taste to begin with that she has issues about

    hope this helps and good luck with those ribs!
  3. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Personally i love hickory on most stuff...but it is a heavy flavor. I started using Cherry in place when i have guests im cooking for and not sure of their tastes. It is quickly becoming my favorite all around wood. Its much lighter but still with a distinct smoke taste. Plus it grows everywhere here.
  4. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    That is a tough question and more seasoned folks will chime in here but here's my .02 worth.

    I like to use some sort of fruit wood (apple, cherry, etc.) with pork or poultry and hickory or maybe mesquite with beef.

    I wouldn't even touch mesquite if you or a guest isn't sure about whether they like the smoky flavor though.
  5. memphisbud

    memphisbud Smoke Blower

    Agreed...fruit woods are usually much milder, I like peach and apple.
  6. Awesome thanks for the advice! Fruit woods here I come :D
  7. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    I like mixing Hickory and Cherry or apple.
  8. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That would be a good mix for a nice mild smoke.
  9. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I like using apple

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