pecan wood

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by jlmacc, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. jlmacc

    jlmacc Meat Mopper

    Hello everyone,

     Was wanting your guys take on pecan wood.I have never had the chance to find it and use it.Does it taste a lot like hickory?After researching different hickory trees it seems to be close to the same species.Was just wondering if spending a little extra time finding some would be worth my while.
  2. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I've used pecan chips on tri-tips, ham, beef and pork ribs, chicken and a few fatties. I get a brand called Texas Smoke at my local hardware store for around $2. It's a mild smoke. I don't know how it compares to hickory since I rarely use hickory. Here's a pic of the package. This is from an apple bag. The only difference in bags is pecan will have a tan label across the bottom that says Pecan on it.

  3. I used some for my last ribs.  Loved the flavor and the smell was incredible.  as a side note, if you like the chips, try some pecan shells.  you can get them at Home Depot.
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I get a lot of it down here and use it for all my smokes,  I do think it is a bit milder and sweeter then hickory but I am not a hickory expert.  No complaints from anyone eating my smokes so I guess it's pretty good.

    I have used pecan shells in the past.  I believe they will be a bit more acrid then the wood but you will not use a lot of them anyway.
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We go outside and pick it up off the ground after storms. Gotta couple big branches I need to chainsaw up soon. I use it for Poultry and Fish mainly, but it can work with any meat. Not quite as strong as Hickory.
  6. Dittos on not being as strong as hickory.  I really like it's mild flavor.
  7. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    I love using pecan. It's great for pastrami, chuck roasts, used it with some pulled pork the other day, did some pork tenderloins yesterday with it - ok, I just tried it, it's yummy with those, too. I get mine from Yakima, Wa (, since it's close by for me.  My sister's allergic to nuts, so if it's something she's going to eat, I use a fruit wood, just in case.
  8. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I use pecan or pecan mixed w/ apple for almost everything.
  9. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    IMHO...Pecan is somewhere between Hickory and Oak

    If I want a little stronger smoker, I add a little Pecan to my Apple wood

    To me, Hickory leaves a little "Bite", where Pecan does not.

    You should pick up a few different woods, and try them yourself.  You may like a combination of different woods

  10. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    If I had to choose 1 wood to smoke with it would be Pecan...I have several Pecan trees so I come by it easy...
  11. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Pecan has a mildly nutty/sweet flavor and pungent, but delightful aroma. I generally use it in combo with apple, cherry, or as a trio.

    Been about 8 months of great smokes with it (I smoke alot). I used to be a hickory or mesquite man for pork shoulder and all my beef...rarely use either one now.

    I recommend you get some and give it smoke.

    Eri c
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011
  12. jlmacc

    jlmacc Meat Mopper

    Sorry for the l response guys,work was getting in the way of having fun.Thanks for all your input guys.I am going to find some and try it.I have a crazy abundance of chrry it is all over my property.I also have a few apple trees.But pecan is something I don't have.I don't really see it in menards or anywhere either.I guess I have the web to find some.But hey thanks again guys,and ave a great evening!   Josh
  13. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Meet you half way for a pecan/cherry trade!  Have a plate of BBQ in Memphis while we are there
  14. jlmacc

    jlmacc Meat Mopper

    I would love for a road trip if time would allow it ablancher.I need one actually lol.Thanks for the link ejbreeze I will look into it.Going to find some one way or another.

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