Oak or Red Oak

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by beer and ribs, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. beer and ribs

    beer and ribs Newbie

    Has anybody smoked any meat using red oak?I have used oak but never red oak.,i was just wanted to now if red oak gave  meat a good smoke flavor?
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2012
  2. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Red Oak is a great smoking wood.
  3. X2 on the red oak.  Great smoking wood especially for beef.
  4. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Which red oak are you asking about? There are 3 different oaks that go by that name- Northern Red Oak, Southern Red Oak and the red oak used in Santa Maria style BBQ whose proper name is Coast Live Oak.

    I will not use Northern Red Oak for anything but grilling but others do, just make certain that it is well seasoned, if not it gives off a nasty odor when burned.
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As previously stated, if you are looking for that Santa Maria flavor on a tri tip?

    What they call red oak is different from other parts of the country.

    Having said that, I have had good luck with oak, pecan, and the old standby hickory for tri tips.

    Good luck and good smoking.

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