First Time Using Olive Wood

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by alx, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Made a swap with buddy from california

    Olive Wood


    Green Chile Chutney-used my late season green chiles

    2 pounds roasted green chiles
    2 cups sugar-I use one cup
    1 tablespoon roasted/ground mexican oregano
    2/3 cup cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon salt

    Dice chiles and mix everything and cook 15 minutes-i added sweet red peppers

    Made some red beans in rice.Used my provider beans-small kidney type

    Also added my dried pepper powders-Chimayo,Ancho,Mirasol,Paprika

    Set kettle up for indirect grill/smoke with lump-added 2 chunks olive

    Coaled off olive quickly

    TBS very quick and the smell of olive wood is aromatic and amazing

    Crisped skin

    Tonites quicky dinner.I use the chutney as a condiment ...The olive wood is now a favorite-most aromatic,light wood i possibly have ever used....
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice assortment you have there Alex. Chix looks real good.[​IMG]
  3. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow thanks for the nice qview. Did you ever think before you joined SMF that someday, someone would mail a hunk of wood to you? [​IMG]

    I wonder if the Russian Olive trees that grow like weeds everywhere around here would be as good. They are a really vicious tree with 4 - 6 inch thorns and tiny olives. Trust me no young boy ever climbed one of these things. They look like the African brush you see in the movies and on Survivor that are used to keep the lions out of the villiage.

    I think I will give them a try. If I cut one now and split it, it should be cured by the spring. Heck if their any good I'd have a huge free supply of Olive. They are a huge roadside pest.
    Just My luck they will turn out to be bitter like the tiny olives they bear.

    Anybody want a security hedge these things are the ticket.
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The food looks great...

    I have heard of offering an olive branch, but a Log???[​IMG]
  5. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Definetly the wood i got was from the olive producing tree.Wackos in california cut the water supply and natural drought occured and the trees died.At least the water huggers and tree -woops there dead are happy...

    Let me know if the vine-russian is the same.Have a feeling its not considered the same type of tree/species.....
  6. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i love russian olives as part of the andscape, though...

    aside from that, i am very interested in results. please post when you try this!
  7. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Olive wood, now that is something I never even thought about as far as smoking woods go.
    Nice looking wood and glad it turned out so great for you Alex not to mention the great looking meal.
  8. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Olive wood is dynamite friends..........
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I have seen olive wood but I haven't tried it yet but I can tell I will have to soon. Thats chicken came out looking good and I really like the chili peppers on that you said it's crab cakes. Thats cool with all that on your plate your gonna be a happy camper for sure.[​IMG]
  10. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just to clarify; The Russian Olive I referred to is a substantial tree. It grows near here in deep clay soils. The valley has many places where the clay is over 100 feet deep. The russian olive was originally an escapee from a botanical garden just north of here. The darn thing is like a weed and re seeds itself everywhere.

    Check this link. In particular check the pic of the needles on this thing in the one photo. The ones around here are the color of sagebrush. Even the trunk of the tree has the needles protruding straght out from it. Nothing climbs this tree.

    A little further checking and I found this page and several others that say it is not related to olive trees. However it is a fruit bearing tree and is abundant where found. Several states and provinces, BC being one of them have declared it a noxious weed.
    I'm going to harvest one and try the wood next year.

    Believe me if they aren't growing near you, don't buy or transplant one on your property they are really nasty. Nurserys near here sell the darn things to unsuspecting folks. I had two in my yard and it took me several seasons to get rid of them.

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