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  1. #1
    Omelet Guest

    Default Wood for smoking/BBQ

    I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    grilling, etc.

    The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) It's worked quite
    well. I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    thoroughly enjoy...

    My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    mild flavor.

    I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.

    Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.

    Comments?
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  2. #2
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Aug 23, 12:24*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > grilling, etc.
    >
    > The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) *It's worked quite
    > well. *I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    > along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    > thoroughly enjoy...
    >
    > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > mild flavor.
    >
    > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.
    >
    > Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    > also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.
    >
    > Comments?


    Bryan, um, Bobo will have a LOT top say about this!

    And I can tell you one thing, THE best BBQ chicken I ever ate was at
    Bobo's, which we cooked/smoked on nothing but shagbark hickory! For
    about 4 or 5 hours (we were drinking!)

    John Kuthe...

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    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Bobo_Bonobo=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    On Aug 23, 12:24*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > grilling, etc.
    >
    > The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) *It's worked quite
    > well. *I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    > along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    > thoroughly enjoy...
    >
    > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > mild flavor.
    >
    > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.
    >
    > Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    > also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.
    >
    > Comments?


    I'm pickypickypicky. I only really like hickory, pecan, and
    fruitwoods.

    > --
    > Peace! Om
    >

    --Bryan

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    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    On Aug 23, 10:24*am, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > grilling, etc.

    [snip]
    > Comments?


    I'd bookmarked this page a while ago and reference it often.

    http://www.eaglequest.com/~bbq/faq2/8.html

    The Ranger

  5. #5
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Aug 23, 12:28*pm, Bobo Bonobo® <class...@brick.net> wrote:
    > On Aug 23, 12:24*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > > grilling, etc.

    >
    > > The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) *It's worked quite
    > > well. *I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    > > along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    > > thoroughly enjoy...

    >
    > > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > > mild flavor.

    >
    > > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.

    >
    > > Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    > > also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.

    >
    > > Comments?

    >
    > I'm pickypickypicky. *I only really like hickory, pecan, and
    > fruitwoods.


    Whet about all that split, cut and dried oak we found in the woods at
    Bay Creek on the Jack's Fork in 1994ish?

    John Kuthe...

    >
    > > --
    > > Peace! Om

    >
    > --Bryan



  6. #6
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    On 2009-08-23, Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:

    > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > mild flavor.


    yes, the nut woods are good. Almond and walnut, etc.

    nb

  7. #7
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Bobo Bonobo® <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Aug 23, 12:24*pm, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > > grilling, etc.
    > >
    > > The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) *It's worked quite
    > > well. *I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    > > along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    > > thoroughly enjoy...
    > >
    > > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > > mild flavor.
    > >
    > > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.
    > >
    > > Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    > > also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.
    > >
    > > Comments?

    >
    > I'm pickypickypicky. I only really like hickory, pecan, and
    > fruitwoods.
    >
    > --Bryan


    It's all good.

    Ever tried mesquite?
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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  8. #8
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    The Ranger <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Aug 23, 10:24*am, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > > grilling, etc.

    > [snip]
    > > Comments?

    >
    > I'd bookmarked this page a while ago and reference it often.
    >
    > http://www.eaglequest.com/~bbq/faq2/8.html
    >
    > The Ranger


    I have to agree with this one:

    ACACIA - these trees are in the same family as mesquite. When burned in
    a smoker, acacia has a flavor similar to mesquite but not quite as
    heavy. A very hot burning wood.

    The fire is so hot, I'm having a little trouble handling the wood
    handles on the smoker!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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  9. #9
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    Om wrote:

    > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > grilling, etc.
    >
    > The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) It's worked quite
    > well. I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    > along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    > thoroughly enjoy...
    >
    > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > mild flavor.
    >
    > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.
    >
    > Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    > also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.
    >
    > Comments?


    Oak is the wood I use almost all the time. Oak trees are the most common
    trees around here. Every once in a while I'll use cherry or hickory, but
    only if I have a specific recipe for which those would be most appropriate.
    (I plan to use Christine's smoker to hickory-smoke bacon one of these days.)
    If I had an inexpensive source for grapevine clippings I'd give those a try.

    Bob




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    Steve Y Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    I thought you were only supposed to smoke with woods from trees that
    gave nuts or fruits ? Vaguely remembered from the instruction book that
    came with my Weber smoke

    Steve

    <<<Canine Humour for all: www.lovelycolour.com >>>

    Omelet wrote:

    >
    > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.


  11. #11
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    In article <7bfkm.272$[email protected]>,
    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 2009-08-23, Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > > mild flavor.

    >
    > yes, the nut woods are good. Almond and walnut, etc.
    >
    > nb


    What is your personal favorite?
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Steve Y <sREMOVEyates@wanadoo.fr> wrote:

    > I thought you were only supposed to smoke with woods from trees that
    > gave nuts or fruits ? Vaguely remembered from the instruction book that
    > came with my Weber smoke
    >
    > Steve
    >
    > <<<Canine Humour for all: www.lovelycolour.com >>>
    >
    > Omelet wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.


    I think it's variable.

    It'd be better just to download a list of toxic woods. :-)
    I've been grilling with down branches from the trees in my yard for
    years and I'm still here.

    Post Oak, Hackberry, Elm, Japanese Ligustrum, Mesquite and now Mimosa.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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  13. #13
    James Silverton Guest

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    Steve wrote on Sun, 23 Aug 2009 19:56:37 +0200:

    > Steve


    > <<<Canine Humour for all: www.lovelycolour.com >>>


    > Omelet wrote:


    >> I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.


    >I thought you were only supposed to smoke with woods from trees that
    >gave nuts or fruits ? Vaguely remembered from the instruction book
    >that came with my Weber smoke


    I guess that's true even if the fruits, like acorns, are sometimes
    inedible. Alder, hickory, oak are common but does mesquite have nuts?

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    In article <000a143a$0$2154$[email protected]>,
    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > Om wrote:
    >
    > > I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    > > since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    > > grilling, etc.
    > >
    > > The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) It's worked quite
    > > well. I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    > > along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    > > thoroughly enjoy...
    > >
    > > My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    > > mild flavor.
    > >
    > > I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.
    > >
    > > Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    > > also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.
    > >
    > > Comments?

    >
    > Oak is the wood I use almost all the time. Oak trees are the most common
    > trees around here. Every once in a while I'll use cherry or hickory, but
    > only if I have a specific recipe for which those would be most appropriate.
    > (I plan to use Christine's smoker to hickory-smoke bacon one of these days.)
    > If I had an inexpensive source for grapevine clippings I'd give those a try.
    >
    > Bob


    Heh! I have a fence full of Mustang grape. I have to prune it back
    occasionally.

    I guess I could mail it your way for the cost of postage only. :-)

    I've never tried smoking with it. What does it taste like?
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    In article <Kxfkm.521$[email protected]>,
    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Steve wrote on Sun, 23 Aug 2009 19:56:37 +0200:
    >
    > > Steve

    >
    > > <<<Canine Humour for all: www.lovelycolour.com >>>

    >
    > > Omelet wrote:

    >
    > >> I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.

    >
    > >I thought you were only supposed to smoke with woods from trees that
    > >gave nuts or fruits ? Vaguely remembered from the instruction book
    > >that came with my Weber smoke

    >
    > I guess that's true even if the fruits, like acorns, are sometimes
    > inedible. Alder, hickory, oak are common but does mesquite have nuts?


    Mesquite has pods.

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1723...236203,00.html

    As does Mimosa and other Acacia.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2009-08-23, Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:

    > What is your personal favorite?


    At this point, ANYTHING!

    Colorado has no native hardwoods. Only birch and pines, both which
    suck for smoking.

    nb

  17. #17
    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    On Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:24:09 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    >since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    >grilling, etc.
    >
    >The flavor it has imparted is almost identical. :-) It's worked quite
    >well. I'm currently smoking that Canadian Bacon experiment with it,
    >along with a large package of sweetbreads that I'm planning to
    >thoroughly enjoy...
    >
    >My other favorite wood for smoking is Pecan. It seems to impart a very
    >mild flavor.
    >
    >I've never smoked/grilled with fruit woods.
    >
    >Post Oak is ok for general grilling (along with the Elm and Hackberry I
    >also have in my yard) but I've not tried any of them for smoking/BBQ.
    >
    >Comments?


    I've nevetr thought to use mimosa wood. In general I'm hesitant to
    use wood I'm not sure about since some will make toxic smoke.
    Interesting to learn about your experiment.

    Pecan is my standard because I have a number of pecan trees in my yard
    and they drop limbs regularly. Incidentally, pecan shells make sweeter
    smoke than does the wood.

    Somebody gave me some nice size hunks of apple wood the other day
    because he knows I've made a few batches of bacon over the past year
    or so.
    --

    modom

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    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

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    On Sun, 23 Aug 2009 10:29:16 -0700 (PDT), The Ranger
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Aug 23, 10:24*am, Omelet <ompome...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >> I recently had a small Mimosa tree die and fall over. I figured that
    >> since it is an Acacia so related to Mesquite that it'd be good for
    >> grilling, etc.

    >[snip]
    >> Comments?

    >
    >I'd bookmarked this page a while ago and reference it often.
    >
    >http://www.eaglequest.com/~bbq/faq2/8.html
    >
    >The Ranger


    Good resource! Thanks.
    --

    modom

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    The Ranger Guest

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    modom (palindrome guy) <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sun, 23 Aug 2009 10:29:16 -0700 (PDT), The Ranger
    > <[email protected]> wrote:


    >>I'd bookmarked this page a while ago and reference it often.
    >>http://www.eaglequest.com/~bbq/faq2/8.html


    > Good resource! Thanks.


    The entire thing is worth sitting down and browsing. I'm glad one of the
    guys on afb used to post the link regularly.

    The Ranger



  20. #20
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Wood for smoking/BBQ

    In article <vIfkm.150456$[email protected]>,
    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 2009-08-23, Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > What is your personal favorite?

    >
    > At this point, ANYTHING!
    >
    > Colorado has no native hardwoods. Only birch and pines, both which
    > suck for smoking.
    >
    > nb


    Poor baby. :-(

    You may want to simply drive a ways with a rental pickup truck and stock
    up!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Human nature seems to be to control other people until they put their foot down."
    --Steve Rothstein

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