Sweet smokey birch

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokingd, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. I was working in the yard at work and came across a stand of birch. Boss man said I could have as much as I wanted [​IMG]. I cut three trees all roughly 4-6" in diameter. I like birch cause it burns good and hot. It is a fairly dense hardwood so burns long.

    This was the first time I have smoked with birch and let me tell you mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I am hooked the taste is similar to maple but I found it to be sweeter and gives a nice dark pink smoke ring

    I did some pork shoulder blade steaks. I hit them with a little steak spice and smoked at 300 for around an hour.

    Sorry not more pics, thanks for checkin out my thread.
  2. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice to know, I picked up a little just yesterday.
  3. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice score on the wood and nice smoke on the steaks. Looks great!
  4. I use the bark from Birches to light fires, it produces a heavy thick smoke. Does it do that while still on the logs? I know it smells awesome while burning though. I never thought to use it for smoking because of that smoke from the bark, sometimes it's thick and black smoke. There are oils in the bark ( it'll light even while soaking wet) and I'm wondering if they affect the food? Peace, Wanbli
  5. Yeah sorry about that I peel the bark off the log first so there is none of that nasty black smoke. I have been told that the smoke from birch bark is toxic. Kind of a pain in the butt but (lol) I think it is worth the effort for great smoke.
  6. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the heads up D, I never knew it was good for smokin.
  7. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Birch is listed on the list in the section for wood to use for smokin. It say nothing about the bark having to be removed though.

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