Wood smoking

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by chrose, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. chrose

    chrose

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    Hey all. Since it's the end of grilling season there are all sorts of deals around. I ran across a small one the other day. I bought a medium size box of Maple wood chips for the grill. Now I've smoked with hickory, mesquite, cheery, applewood, etc. but never Maple! :confused:
    Has anyone here used it? I just can't imagine what it might taste like. I feel like I would be smoking my food with a kitchen counter :eek:
    Anyone with experience with maplewood?
     
  2. shroomgirl

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    nope, but umpteen years ago I used to smoke with pecan shells.
     
  3. pete

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    I have used maple a couple of times. I find it to be more subtle than hickory or mesquite. Since it is lighter the tendency is to over compensate and end up with bitter food due to too heavy a smoke. Right now my favorite combination is about 1 part mesquite, 1 part hickory nut shells, and 2 parts hickory.
     
  4. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Grilling/Smoking season never ends.

    Phil
     
  5. chowderhead

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    I have to agree with Pete, Maple is pretty subtle, but does have some flavor notes of it's own. Better with poultry or seafood than red meats. Try mixing with a bit of applewood or other fruit wood to get an interesting blend, just remember to keep it light.
     
  6. abefroman

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    Where can I get apple wood?
     
  7. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Hang out around a neighbor this spring while he's pruning an apple tree. I'm serious, it's how I do it. But i've also seen it in my local grocer and outdoors stores. Cabelas, Sportsmans Warehouse and so on.

    Phil
     
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    yup. we used year old apple coachwhips (watershoots?) cut them into twig lengths, rinsed them off good. dont recall if dad dried them out first or what, though.
     
  9. abefroman

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    I live in the ghetto, I'd have to go about 1,000,000 neighbors down and a couple hundred miles away before I found one with an apple tree.

    Abe Froman
    South Side of Chicago