Oak for smoke

Discussion in 'Beef' started by tybo6, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. tybo6

    tybo6 Smoke Blower

    gonna pull my first all night smoke w/11lb brisket........question I have is this............Gonna do it with oak.....everything I have done to this point has been with mesquite.....Any thing I should be aware of with the oak?
    thanx for any input guy's........as always it is deeply appreciated.................Ty
  2. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    It's a strong wood but really tasty. I often mix oak and apple.
  3. bigbear

    bigbear Smoke Blower

    Oak is a fantastic smoke wood! But it is very different from mesquite. Oak has very high thermal output and burns really clean. I never smoke with oak by itself because I like more flavor so I always mix it with a fruit wood like apple or cherry. Get your heat from the oak and flavor from a companion wood.

    Oak is great in the fireplace and also in your smoker for the same reasons!

    Happy smokin'
  4. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I burn alot of oak for heat, and apple,muhlberry, meskeet and cherry for a flavor. as they said oak burns clean, little to no smoke from it when burning hot
  5. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use oak for the heat also, then toss in hickory for the flavor.
  6. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have started using oak more, especially since I have 5 acres covered with it. I do mix some peach and pear wood in with it though.
  7. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Nothin wrong with oak! A little milder than hickory or pecan but along the same lines (my opinion only) I usually mix with mullberry.
  8. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oak is great. I use oak or ash for smoking sausage.
  9. I use oak mixed with hickory
  10. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like Andy said..it's a classic sausage smoke. It burns pretty hot and pretty clean. If yer doing beef, I'd suggest..like others..to toss in a bit of something else..I'd choose hickory- to augment the oak.
  11. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What he said!
    Not much flavor from Oak, add a lil mesquite for the flavor!
  12. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree 100%

    Oak is what lump is made from most of the time! Oak is good wood for alot of things, and making fire from it is one of its strong points. I fuel my stickburner with red oak, and like others have said, add friut woods or other tasty woods for adding some flavor!

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