Question or 2 about maple

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by dasmoker, May 28, 2010.

  1. dasmoker

    dasmoker Smoke Blower

    Good morning all. So my Traeger arrived last night, and will be assembled when I arrive home today after work.  I had ordered 4 - 20 lb bags of wood pellets, hickory, apple, cherry, and pecan.  But they ran out of hickory so they removed the charge and threw in a bag of maple for free. Yay. lol.  But I have never smoked with maple.

    So my questions are:

    1. Does maple go with most meats, or is there a meat that it does better than most?

    2. Does maple mix well with any of the other woods I got?  (Cherry, Pecan, Apple)

    Thanks.
     
  2. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I use maple almost exclusively. I've used it with beef, pork, fish and it all turns out great. Sometimes with pork, I'll add some hickory. Great mix, there. With beef, I'll sometimes add hickory or mesquite. Again, a great mix for me. I'd try mixing with the apple, cherry and pecan, in that order. I've never tried pecan, though some here really like it.
     
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    I have used maple on many occasions and it is really a nice mild wood. You will only get a small amount of smokey flavor if you use it by it's self. That's why Iike it. I do mix it from time to time to get alittle more smokey flavor most of the time with hickory or mesquite.
     
  4. fftwarren

    fftwarren Smoking Fanatic

    hmm, this is the first I've ever heard of smoking with maple. I had always heard it had too high of sap content and would be like smoking with pine.
     
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've used maple with pork, and it tasted great to me.
     
  6. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maple is nice with all meats imo. Luv it.
     
  7. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maple be good on all meats, what I use fer the business cause it is a mild somewhat sweet smoke.  Customers love it.
     
  8. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The sap has a high sugar content and is used to make maple syrup, pine is used to make turpentine
     

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