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Unread 03-17-2014, 12:28 PM   #16
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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?
Yeah we have a few ;) the park just over the road from me is filled with silver birch and oak, and I just noticed some had been trimmed. I'll have to go collect the pieces that have been left
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Unread 03-17-2014, 12:33 PM   #17
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In The Netherlands we got alot of oak and fruit trees.

-oak
-apple
-cherry
-pear
-beech
-birch
-hazel
-willow
-alder
-maple
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Does that mean I need to use pine and eucalyptus? Yummmmmm
No mate, just the Aussies.

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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.
Going back to the: What would you consider is the most traditional wood?

loaded question: "most traditional".

I actually use that in our MBN presentation and talk about BBQ authenticity, back to the days of the 1600's. Slaves wouldn't have used fruit tree wood (ordinarily), but would've used what was readily available and abundant; oak and hickory on the southern east coast.
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"Traditional" bbq comes from the south, so their woods are going to be different from mine. If i had to pick a "preferred" wood for my region. Id have to go with apple given all the orchards in ny.
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Unread 03-17-2014, 11:56 PM   #21
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Minnesota - a lot of Apple and hickory but Maple and Oak very abundant, don't know if this state has anything consistent besides snow!
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Hawaii - Kiawe (kee-ah-vey) is a species of mesquite tree...
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In Ohio we have a lot of maple, but I prefer black cherry. It's not that hard to get a hold of. We also have oak, hickory, and apple isn't to scarce.
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I live in BC, Canada, and the Natives here have been cooking and smoking Fish with Alder and Cedar for Centuries. These days fruit woods are more popular, particularly apple and cherry. Oak is very rare and certian species are even protected, and I have nver seen a Mesquite or Hickory Tree in BC. I would be curious to try Arbutus(hardwood), as it is unique to our area, and is easy to find clippings, has anyone ever tried Arbutus?
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I would say that pecan is as prevalent (if not more) in much of Texas as mesquite or oak. While post oak is often associated with Texas (especially Hill Country), it is hard to find separated out for the non-commercial buyer (especially seasoned since it takes a long time). Most places just mix all of the regular white, red and post (and even black jack) together and sell it as "oak." Pecan on the other hand can be found plentifully and seasoned pretty much constantly. Mesquite seams to be on the decline both in use and availability. I use it (and a lot of folks that I talk to do the same) mixed with oak and pecan but never by itself. Right now, I am about 80% pecan, 10% post oak and 10% mesquite and mix them at about that rate during a cook. I actually prefer hickory when using chunks in my kettle or when smoking in my vertical with charcoal/chunks. I also like hickory pellets on the rare occasion that I use them.
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I normally use Hickory and apple but plum is great if you can get it. Around here in Washington State we have lots of Alder but have only used it for smoking salmon. Has anyone here used Alder for smoking other meats?
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Hickory and pecan for Oklahoma
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Oak,Hickory & Pecan are everywhere in North Ms..A few Cherry & Maples also.
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I'd say mainly red oak and hickory for southern Indiana, Some apple and cherry if you are lucky, which I am thanks to the woods I live in, plenty of cherry.
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I guess "native" in Florida would be leftover 2X4's and plywood scraps from the building boom/bust so I import oak, hickory & pecan.
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