which wood to use

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by smokinbobo, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. smokinbobo

    smokinbobo Fire Starter

    hi, I'm very new to the smoking thing, but hooked. anyone know of a chart or something like that listing the good woods to use with different meats? if there even is such a chart? I have a plentiful supply of oak and apple, which from looking about this topic, I'm feeling lucky about having the apple.
  2. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like you have what you need to get started. Lots of folks find one wood and stick to it. Others like to experiment, mix and match. I generally use Hickory, Mesquite, Sassafras and Apple but I have others in my arsenal. Matter of taste. Here is a general chart that gives you a heads up to the flavors of different woods.

  3. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. smokinbobo

    smokinbobo Fire Starter

    thanks all
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use several different woods. Some meats ie: brisket an butts will tend ta overpower some a the lighter woods. Hickory er mesquite is good on them.

    Apple goes well with most pork, maple is good on most everthin, hickory is a stronger wood as is mesquite, ifin ya like a heavier smoke they be the ones, ifin ya wan't em lighter some folk mix in other woods with em. Lillac is good fer fish, lotta folk like cherry as a general wood.

    There be lots a woods listed on the smokin wood chart, try some different ones an see which yall like best fer what.

    Good luck.
  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Boy oh boy do I loooooooooove me some hickory smoke
  7. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have had access to some Peach and I throw at least one stick in (usually) just for flavor. It is light and burns well.[​IMG]
  8. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Im a big fan of mesquite, apple, and cherry. I have also smoked some ribs using green tea leaves & mesquite.
  9. drlouis

    drlouis Smoke Blower

    I love oak for beef, mostly use hickory for everything else. I think you're lucky to have the oak. I cant find any round here.

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