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Unread 03-17-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default BBQ regions and their wood

For me when I think of the different regions of American BBQ I think of traditional stick burners and what they use most of. What would you consider is the most traditional wood?
Carolinas. Pecan/Oak
Texas. Mesquite/Oak
Tennessee. Fruit woods
Mississippi. Hickory
St. Louis. Oak

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I like the idea of native wood. In Michigan that means apple and cherry.
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Traditionally in North Carolina we use hickory/oak...
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As much as I like pecan, growing up my whole life in North Carolina the only woods I saw used around here were hickory and oak.

Pecan, apple, peach, mesquite and most any others were considered exotic or a "secret" to somebody's favorite bbq until the last 5-10 years when BBQ has become more of a subject on TV.



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Does that mean I need to use pine and eucalyptus? Yummmmmm
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Traditionally in North Carolina we use hickory/oak...
Same for the southern carolina.
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California would be Oak. Both Canyon Live Oak(White) and Coastal Live Oak(Red)
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Just to throw in something a little further afield - Germany's traditional smoking wood is Douglas fir and / or beech from the Black Forest region, and Poland's wood of choice is/was juniper. Across Europe in general alder is used a lot for smoking
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lots of softwood. Didn't think those were the best for smoking.

Do ya'll even have any trees left on that island?
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Interesting topic...not sure we'd have anything traditional in Illinois... Lots of maple trees around...maybe oak or elm?
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Traditionally in North Carolina we use hickory/oak...
Agreed. I burn through a LOT of hickory. There are also a lot of apple orchards in my neck of the NC woods, so I burn some of that with pork whenever I can get my hands on a load.
I do like a little mesquite when I smoke chicken though...
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Interesting topic...not sure we'd have anything traditional in Illinois... Lots of maple trees around...maybe oak or elm?
Your official state tree is the white oak
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Just a bit north of NC I burn a lot of hickory and oak. Don't find much Pecan around here. Lota of oak.
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Pin and bur oak is common as well as maple for cooking woods. Some of our most common hards woods aren't ones to cook with, locust and cottonwood. There is also mulberry and apple for common fruitwood trees.

A very small part of the state has shagbark hickory too.
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Palm Trees do not work well.
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