Woods For Grilling & Smoking Question

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Redcatcher, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
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    I grill almost every evening as long is it is not pouring out and I like my marinates. They can get really pricy after awhile but so can store bought planks or chips (I usually get hickory). I have an old apple tree on the property as well as what I believe is a sugar maple and a pear tree. I picked up some apple twigs with the bark still on them and lot of lichens. I pulled off the lichens (which probably would not smell/taste so great when they smouldered) along with some of the bark but I am not sure if I should pull off the rest of the bark. I have them soaking on water right now. Is an hour long enough? I plan to grill pork chops for supper tonight. Anyone want to come for supper?
     
  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    We use apple wood a lot for smoking and I never take the bark off myself, I just soak a few hours and put the twigs and such in the smoker pan. Any time I see a dead limb on one of the apple trees I cut it and lay it on the woodpile, larger limbs I use a hatchet to chip off large chips and smaller twigs and such I just break into smaller pieces by hand.
    Good luck!
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Yum! I bet Apple smoked will taste soo good! Lucky! [​IMG]
     
  4. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We gots:

    sweetgum wood
    cottonwood
    magnolia
    crab apple
    ornamental pear
    sugar maple

    not sure if I want to use any of these to grill with. [​IMG]
     
  5. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

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    i know sweet gum is great for growing eddible mushrooms but is it good for smoking? What about red cedar?
     
  6. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    I wouldn't think red cedar would be good for smoking meat Kristy, but it sure smells good in an open fire! As for crab-apples, I don't have any experiance with the imported and fancy nursery types, but our wild crab-apples here I use like any other apple-wood. And I might add they make the best crab-apple preserves you've ever tasted in your life! [​IMG]
     
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  7. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ours are marble sized crab apples. doubt if it tastes good. [​IMG]
     
  8. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Quote:Our wild ones are from golf ball sized up to about half again that size. Hard as a rock and so sour they'll make you make funny faces eatting them raw. [​IMG]
     
  9. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Our wild ones are from golf ball sized up to about half again that size. Hard as a rock and so sour they'll make you make funny faces eatting them raw. [​IMG]

    fed em to the chickens once.......almost got killed! [​IMG]
     
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  10. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I have no smoking box so I just laid the twigs on the grill, just as I do with the planks. There was some smoke but not nearly as much as I get with the planks. I am not sure if the grill was hot enough (the tank is running low), I soaked the twigs too long, not enough or what. But I will be eating the pork chops shortly so I guess the flavor will be what counts. Stay tuned!
     

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