Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted

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agnesrob
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Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 8:23 AM
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Have a beautiful beef bisket that I'm planning to smoke this weekend. I have, on hand, cherry, apple, maple, hickory and mesquite wood chips. Any input, suggestions or opinions on which I should use? I did a little internet research but would love to hear from you all here!
 
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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 8:45 AM
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All of them would probably work.  Mesquite is very popular but personally, I always detected a slightly bitter taste.  I have a lot of friends that use fruit wood but the choice around Tennessee is hickory.  I have noticed in south Georgia, they use a lot of pecan and perhaps it is because of availability.
 
Perhaps availability is the key for any wood used.  I have even noticed in south Florida they use orange tree debris.
 
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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 9:05 AM
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For brisket I use post oak exclusively. Mesquite will burn to ho and over an extended period of time will impart a bitter taste as Sundancer 7 said.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 9:10 AM
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I have also heard that in some areas folks will use old grape vines from local vinyards and this is supposed to impart a wonderful taste.
 

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 9:20 AM
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I'm an applewood fan myself.  Smooth wood smoke, just the slightest fruit sweetness to it.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 9:48 AM
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I usually avoid mesquite, as stated above.   I usually use a mix of 50/50 hickory and applewood; good smoke flavor, less chance of bitterness  from too much hickory.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 9:52 AM
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Apple and oak are my preferences for beef.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 12:35 PM
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My fav for brisket is hickory or PECAN!
bet that apple would be fine though!
 

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 1:41 PM
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Thanks for all of the input! I'll be sure to post what I use and how it came out. Does anyone have any experience using Maple wood?

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 2:23 PM
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I would use hickory or oak.  Sometimes I add one chunk of cherry, apple or pecan.  Never mesquite.  Save that for fish.
 
The thing with mesquite is if you use too much it imparts a bitter taste.  Same with the others, but mostly with mesquite.
 
Use your wood chunks sparingly.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 2:34 PM
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I have never tried smoking any kind of meat with maple wood only the standard fruit woods, and hickory or mesquite. I never heard any mention of it being used with smoked meats, but it definitely is in abundance here in the north east since hurricane Sandy trimmed all our trees.    Buddy

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 3:31 PM
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mar52


I would use hickory or oak.  Sometimes I add one chunk of cherry, apple or pecan.  Never mesquite.  Save that for fish.

The thing with mesquite is if you use too much it imparts a bitter taste.  Same with the others, but mostly with mesquite.

Use your wood chunks sparingly.

Thanks mar, from the research and input I've gotten here mesquite needs to be used sparingly. Sometimes when I am grilling steak, I throw a small handful of mesquite chips onto the coals right before they are done and it does add a nice subtle flavor.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 3:37 PM
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Buddy Dek


I have never tried smoking any kind of meat with maple wood only the standard fruit woods, and hickory or mesquite. I never heard any mention of it being used with smoked meats, but it definitely is in abundance here in the north east since hurricane Sandy trimmed all our trees.    Buddy


Thanks Buddy, After doing a little more online research it sounds like Maple is a good wood to use for all kinds of meats. Given the fact that this is my first time smoking such a large and pricey hunk of meat I will not take a chance on using something I'm not familiar with. I will definitely try it with something else. I'll report on what the results are. 

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 4:43 PM
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Pecan or Oak chunks. Chips don't last long enough to do the job. Also, don't wet the wood-it will be fine as it is.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 5:05 PM
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In the past I have always used hickory or pecan for beef.  Fruit woods are nice and add a subtle flavor to the things smoked.
Mesquite is good for burgers or steaks, but not on a low and slow smoke, as discussed before it tends to be a bit acrid.
 
Maple is great with pork or other mild meats and fish too.
 
I use fruit woods especially for smoking turkey or chicken.
 
Another good thing with maple is smoked eggs (hardboiled) yummmy

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/16/13 5:20 PM
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I'm another 50/50: oak and hickory. Straight hickory is too strong, but it imparts a nice flavor to the meat.
 
Bart

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Sat, 08/17/13 12:49 AM
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I owned a Smoked Meat Business; "Pitts Home-Made Country Smoked Meats" and sold my products up it the FL Panhandle area. 
All we did was ham, bacon & sausage and all we used was Post Oak.
Fantastic Flavor, but since it's not on your list, I'd use Apple because I like a mild smoke flavor.
You need to go easy if you use Mesquite.
Incidentally, our slogan was, "If It's The Pitts, It's The Best!"

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Sat, 08/17/13 7:42 AM
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I use pecan when doing my briskets because I have plenty of it.    Pecan is a close cousin to hickory.  But I think hickory is stronger in flavor.   ... From your choices, I would used the apple (fruit) because I have never had apple wood before.  The apple wood should give the brisket a sweeter flavor than the hickory (hardwood).  ... I think that would be your hit.
 
I smoke for about 1 1/2 hr, then warp with foil or put in a covered roaster for the next 2 1/2 to 3 hr.  Until temp is 185 or 190 deg.   ... I don't like a heavy smoke flavor.   ...  I use a small chunk of wood, abt 1 1/2" X 4 to 6" long & maybe a few small twigs (burns up quick, but a lot of smoke to start) for smoke.
 

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Sat, 08/17/13 5:01 PM
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I mix Hickory with Fruitwoods---Apple, Cherry, Plum, Persimmon, and even some Apricot, if we have any tree trimmings from any or all of those. But mostly Hickory.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Sat, 08/17/13 5:44 PM
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Personally, being from Texas, my first choice would be Post Oak ~ if you can get it. Second choice would be a mix of 3/4 Hickory with 1/4 of the fruitwood of your choice. My choice would probably be Apple. Only because it sounds like a good mix.
 
Are you confused yet?

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Sun, 08/18/13 9:15 AM
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I put a rub on the brisket yesterday and placed in a bag to keep overnight in the fridge. I'm doing a Kocher's ring bologna and some Kocher's sausage too. I started them about 7am. I'm also going to make some slow cooked fresh green beans cooked with a ham hock.


After some research and input from everyone hereI decided to use a maple/apple wood combo. 1/4 maple to 3/4 apple wood. I'll report back when all is done.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Sun, 08/18/13 11:08 AM
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Looks and sounds very good. I'll be very interested in knowing how it comes out using your specific choice of fruitwoods.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Tue, 08/20/13 3:51 PM
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I did one a few weeks ago with red oak and it was delicious. Cherry would be a good choice too. mesquite won't work for a long smoke. Here's red oak:

 
Sliced, with a nice smoke ring

 
The slices turned out nice

 
If you can get oak, I'd try that. The cherry would be really nice too. Good luck with it!
 
 

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Tue, 08/20/13 6:35 PM
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Ed... a warning about the Traeger.  If you leave too much of the crusty, drippings built up on the heat plate you stand a chance of it catching fire when most likely you're not watching it.
 
We had that happen at the store with our demo unit.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Tue, 08/20/13 7:36 PM
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mar52


Ed... a warning about the Traeger.  If you leave too much of the crusty, drippings built up on the heat plate you stand a chance of it catching fire when most likely you're not watching it.

We had that happen at the store with our demo unit.

 
Yikes, Marlene, that's good to know. I keep my drip pan covered with foil and change it every few uses so I think I'm safe. Thanks for the heads up!

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 8:37 AM
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The maple/apple wood combo was a good one. A slightly sweet background taste which was pleasant. I was careful not to over smoke the meat. I pulled the bologna and sausage off at about 4 hours and cooked the brisket about 7 1/2 hours. The green beans I cooked with a ham hock were delicious. My husband made baked butter beans. He can't eat most beans (due to excess flatulence) but is able to digest lima and butter beans OK.  I also made a hash brown casserole that came out great!







 
It was definitely a feast!
 

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 9:20 AM
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He can't eat the beans?  Or you just won't let him?
 
Looks like everything turned out fine.  The first brisket is always the most difficult!

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 10:02 AM
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ScreamingChicken


He can't eat the beans?  Or you just won't let him? 

Yeah, like you said. He can't eat broccoli or cauliflower either!
Thankfully we found out by accident he could eat the butter beans. Growing up in the south beans were on the menu at least once a week. It's his comfort food!
These baked beans he made were awesome!

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 1:12 PM
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Excellent results, Agnes!  Looks like you're a pro!
 
Ed. the foil is the way to go!

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 2:01 PM
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Everything looks wonderful Agnes!!

Don't forget about the hot dogs...

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 3:30 PM
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Looks divine............and the secret hash brown recipe is...........................?????????????

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 4:03 PM
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First time making this. I will definitely make it again!
 
Hash-Brown Potato Casserole
12 servings
 
Ingredients
1 stick butter, melted, plus more for greasing
2 pounds large red potatoes, peeled(I used a pack of Simply Potatoes shredded potatoes)
2 cups sour cream
10 ounces Cheddar, shredded, (I used more)
One 10-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups crushed butter crackers, such as Ritz
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9- by 13- by 2-inch casserole dish.
Use a the large holes box grater or the grating blade of a food processor to shred the potatoes into a large bowl. Add the sour cream, Cheddar, soup, onion, salt and pepper. Turn the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the crushed crackers. Pour the melted butter over the top of the casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake until lightly browned on top, about 20 minutes more.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 4:25 PM
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agnesrob - a fine looking meal, that brisket looks like it turned out great. 
What rub did you use and did it inject it with anything??
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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 4:42 PM
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Hi CK! I used Bone Sucking Rub. It's one I have used whenever doing beef ribs. No injection or brine. I would definitely consider that the next time. For my next long term cooking project I am thinking a pork shoulder.
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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Wed, 08/21/13 6:43 PM
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It all looks delicious, agnesrob. And yes, Mar, I'm already planning on using the foil method next time. Be interesting to see the difference!

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Thu, 08/22/13 8:50 AM
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Agnes, since you like to grill things you could char the onion before chopping and adding it to the casserole.  I'll bet a smoked cheddar or similar cheese would be good, too.

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Thu, 08/22/13 8:37 PM
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Sounds like a good suggestion Brad!

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Re:Wood to use to smoke a beef brisket - opinions wanted - Fri, 08/23/13 1:26 PM
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The bologna and sausage look incredible, as well as the brisket!
 
I always went the lazy route, instead of scaring up wood for my smoker, I always got the Jack Daniels oak barrel chips at the store. Never did me wrong.