Smooth vs Shag bark Hickory. Any Difference?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by jaysun, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. I have a bunch of shag bark hickory that I would like to smoke with but all of the hickory I've ever purchased has been smooth bark. Is there any difference between the two? Also, should I be removing the bark on these chunks or is it OK to leave it on?
  2. it has a different flavor. If you can remove it do so.

  3. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Shagbark is absolutely the best hickory you can get for smoking.Nice score!
    If the bark falls off, fine, but don't go out of your way to remove it.
  4. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    shag bark will smoke just fine,i use it.


    p.s. bark included.[​IMG]
  5. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    After seasoning for 6-8 months the shag bark will fall off when you split it.
    The other doesnt seem to do that for me.
  6. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've got shagbark round here, talked with the state forester, it works as good as the smooth bark hick, his words, I used it with the bark an like it just fine. Yall can try it both ways an see which ya prefer.
  7. Thanks all! I have a friend that's in the tree trimming/removal field so I get my pick of all the hardwood he chops down. Got a pretty good supply of cherry, apple, and hickory right now, but I guess I need to let it sit for a while before using it.

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