Type of Oak for smoking

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by jdr37, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I love to use whiskey barrel oak whatever kind that is. Being in Idaho that's about all I can get in chunk.
  2. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    I wouldn't think Poison Oak would be a good idea. LOL
  3. What about live oak. I ave some very old Live oaks at my house that I am constantly having to trim. Is Live oak a good smoke wood?
  4. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    I woun't think so. I don't think it is either a hard wood or a true oak. Nor would I use tan oak. We have lots of both around here but I've never heard of either one being good for smoking meat. 
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We don't have any Tan Oak around here, but I think that is an evergreen tree. No evergreen is good for smoking.
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  6. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    I think the rule of thumb to use is any oak that produces acorns or rather a nut or fruit depending on which camp you're in. The general rule of thumb for almost all woods suitable for smoking are fruit and nut trees that produce edible food product. Other than citrus. I don't think citrus would be good for smoking but having said that, I've never tried it myself. Maple would be another exception to the fruit and nut rule but we do consume the sap in great quantity. I don't think alder does either but I know it is used a lot for fish. At least lots of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.   
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    LIve oak can be used to smoke with as well as citrus woods
  8. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    I'm sure you can but is it any good, that's the question.

    Heck, I guess you could even use old pallets if you wanted to but I don't think it would taste very good. The wood they use for pallets can be almost anything as they aren't very fussy with cheap and available being the only two criteria that really matters. Sometimes you can find a few pieces of half way decent wood useful for some carpentry projects in sheet metal pallets. The runners are longer so they have less to choose from.  

    Any idea of what kind of flavor these woods add to the taste when used for smoking? What kind of flavor do they add and what meats are they suitable for, fish, beef, pork, poultry or some of the more exotic things like you might find in Asia?

    I don't know what makes an oak tree and oak but it seems to be all over the board more than most other kinds of tree. White red, black, live, tan etc. etc. And some look very than the others in bark and leaf. I think to be a true oak the tree has to produce acorns but I'm not botanist either.   
  9. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Post Oak is one of my favs to cook with makes a great brisket.
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  10. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    What to hell is post oak? All kinds of oaks seems to have all these different local names and I think some of them really aren't oaks at all. I'm gonna get mad in a minute and get a book.  
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Go get your book because live oaks produce acorns and produce a pretty good smoke flavor. I think you can find a thread or two from Bmudd in which he used some orange wood chunks I sent to him.
  12. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There are only a few woods that you shouldn't use. Pine and Cedar are 2 of them.  I have used orange wood and its very good.
  13. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    What did you use in on? Citrus isn't too hard to find around here either.
  14. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I have some but haven't used it yet but I'm gonna try it with some chicken and I want to try some with some pork chops or a loin I think it should be good with them
  15. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    Please let us know.
  16. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower

    Good info.  I will be using Red oak since it is readily available.
  17. I'm in Florida and all I've been finding is Live Oak and Blackjack. I'm looking to slow cook a brisket and would prefer to use Post Oak but have not been able to locate any in FL.

    Anyone know where I can buy Post Oak in FL?

    If I can't find Post Oak, would live oak or blackjack work well for slow cooking a brisket in an offset stick burner? 
  18. smokemachine

    smokemachine Newbie

    South Carolina here, I have a "water oak" that is coming down in my back yard soon. Any one have any idea how good it is in the smoker?
  19. Live oak I really good. I do believe that's what the Salt Lick BBQ joints in Austin's Texas use!
  20. Live oak IS what the Salt lick use.  And pecan husks.  People in Tx. have been using Live Oak, Pecan and Mesquite for smokin since?

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