Maple Smoking Wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by bassman, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is there a difference in species of maple and are all suitable for smoking? I know there is silver maple, sugar maple, etc. A local firewood supplier is advertising mixed wood including maple. I would like to get some (maple) to cut up for smoking. Thanks in advance.

    Keith
     
  2. Thats A good question and I too would like to know the anwser to that one.
     
  3. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think I remember reading somewhere that sugar maple is what you want. silver and red maple are not very desireable for smoking. Not sure where it was I read that but it was recently.
     
  4. brianj517

    brianj517 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have several varieties of Maple that grow wild right in my own backyard or very nearby. Maple is a hardwood that has a somewhat lighter, more subtle flavor than oak. I have used about every variety around here and have turned out some excellent Pork, Foul and fish. ( Its a little too light for my taste to use by itself on beef). Most times I mix it with either Apple or Cherry for a little more smoke flavor. There is no Maple that I am aware of thet would be unsuitable for cooking, it really just depends on your tastes and the degree of smokiness you are looking for.

    Cheers,
    Brian
     
  5. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a sliver maple in my yard and have used it for smokin, very good with
    birds and pork
     
  6. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    I just used silver maple on ham and canadian bacon. GOOD STUFF!
     
  7. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll ask if the supplier can pull out a few blocks of whatever kind of maple it is. I may have to let it dry more, but I have plenty of other wood to smoke with for now [​IMG] . Keith
     
  8. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Get it, all maple is good for smoken, as most have said, light/subtle flavor. i use it often as my main burning wood and add apple/hickory/skeet for the flavor.
     
  9. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Well I used maple as my main smoking wood yesterday on meatloaf. I know it is a light smoking taste but I was not impressed. Only used 2-3 chunks for a 3 hr smoke. Maybe I used too little or expected too much. Oh well that is what this smoking game is all about. Learning...learning...learning. It's still great fun, even with the bad days.[​IMG]
     
  10. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Always go into something expecting nothing, Then whatever you get......
    is more than you expected! (like marriage)

    I know that sounds a little dumb,but there is allot of truth to it.

    I only like to use the maple on pork personally.

    good luck on your next smoke!
     
  11. oldgrandman

    oldgrandman Fire Starter

    I too have heard all kinds of maple are good. I just been stuck on apple (sometimes cherry) for fish and hickory or mesquete(spell?) for other meats. I have yet to try it but, by the sounds of things it'll be my next wood of choice. I got maple just out the door. I think I'll go lop a branch now to dry out, LOL!
     
  12. nh3b's

    nh3b's Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I dont know if you would taste a difference but I do know that there is a HUGE difference in BTU burn rate. Black or Rock maple and Sugar maple are your hardest maples.

    Silver, red, norway, crimson king are actually "soft" woods in BTU burn rate. With that said, Its safe to say that a silver maple is more pourus than a sugar maple and burns quicker so I would GUESS not releasing as much "flavor", if i can say that.

    I grew up planting trees on a family orchard [​IMG] I know a little about wood. What I am saying is if you put them side by side.
     

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