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Prep of Wood - Tour de Que - 04-01-2012 11:21 AM
WHAT!!?? Who is this stranger??!! I know, I know ... it has been TOO LONG since I last posted on this forum. However, I still read the post daily and continue to learn a TON!!
I have a question about preparing wood for smoking. As you may recall, I use a drum smoker than I made. Last summer, my neighbor game me some apple branches. I let them sit over the summer and they are dry and ready for smoking this summer.
Do I have to do anything special to prep the wood for smoking use? Do I have to remove the bark? What to do ...
Your expertise is, as always, greatly appreciated!!
RE: Prep of Wood - PackerBacker - 04-01-2012 12:11 PM
WOW! We all thought you crashed you bike or something!! ;-).
Leave the bark on. Some guys pre heat their split logs or even chunks before the go on the fire
Hope this help
RE: Prep of Wood - Tour de Que - 04-01-2012 02:15 PM
(04-01-2012 12:11 PM)PackerBacker Wrote: WOW! We all thought you crashed you bike or something!! ;-).
Well, the biking continues ... as does the BBQ.
Thanks for the advice.
RE: Prep of Wood - Larry Jacobs - 04-01-2012 03:07 PM
Remove the apples. That's it.
RE: Prep of Wood - elkski - 05-11-2012 06:40 AM
I have found that a sawzall and a wood cutting blade... like a tree pruning saw blade is great for cutting up you wood to size. And you do want a uniform size IMHO. I like mine like 2"x2" or so. and dont use it as your primary wood... apple is not real que! Use hickory and chase it with apple... or mesquite and chase it with apple.
RE: Prep of Wood - SoEzzy - 05-11-2012 08:31 AM
(05-11-2012 06:40 AM)elkski Wrote: and dont use it as your primary wood... apple is not real que! Use hickory and chase it with apple... or mesquite and chase it with apple.
Apple is not real Que? Perhaps someone should have a word with Apple City BBQ, that Mike Mills dude probably has never heard about that!
Quote:In the early 1990’s, Mike was co-captain of the Apple City Barbecue Team, one of the most celebrated teams ever on the circuit. Many honors and titles have been bestowed to Mike over the years including:
RE: Prep of Wood - Larry Jacobs - 05-11-2012 08:40 AM
No apple wood in real BBQ??? How apple ing.
RE: Prep of Wood - elkski - 05-11-2012 10:05 AM
hehe... just because a guys name has apple in it does that mean he only uses apple wood.? Never know.
What about the folks who talk about about mesquite!!! the Wimps
RE: Prep of Wood - SoEzzy - 05-11-2012 11:15 AM
Well the man claims to cook over apple wood, and it was part of the secret of his success... so he said in "Peace, Love & BBQ"!
As to those that talk about Mesquite... for the city and it's BBQ competition, they say it's really hot on the tarmac, that September sun can really throw you off your game if you are not prepared for it. For the wood, I think you really need to know what you are doing to cook with it, as as oily wood it is very easy to get wrong and ruin the meat, it has a strong flavor that can overpower other tastes if not used well... I've eaten mesquite smoked things couple of times and struggled to get past the second bite.
RE: Prep of Wood - Farrier - 05-16-2012 08:41 PM
If the bark falls off when I pick it up, I dont worry about it, if it doesnt fall off I dont worry about that either!
When putting wood onto a fire, put the split side down so it burns quicker and cleaner, the bark side can smolder some and it tastes funky.
If cutting the branches into chunks, you could do well with them between 1 and 1 1/2 inches thick and up to 3 or 4 inches across the puck, bury two or three in the charcoal if you prepare your basket with the mininon method, and add two or three more on top of the lit bricks. Catch the temperature as it goes up then you dont have to fight it to get it back down again.