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Morning wood

Postby Kress » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:21 am

Good morning all. I did some grilling over the weekend, and wanted to have a little morning wood discussion. When you grill and/or smoke, what do you all like to use for wood and for what kinds of meats.

I bring this up because I used some Alder planks for the first time. I've never used Alder before, at least not that I can think of. I put some shrimp and scallops on a couple of them, and they turned out fantastic. Alder is not as harsh as a lot of other woods, and almost has a sweetness to the smoke. If you haven't before, give it a try.

I don't have a smoker, so for me right now it's just planks and chips in a smoker box, but I tend to like Hickory for my beef, Cedar for salmon and sometimes shrimp, Apple wood for pork, especially my ribs, and now Alder for all things seafood. I have never been a Mesquite fan for anything, but am open to suggestions, and I think my next stop is going to be to pick up some Cherry.

What do you use? Please describe your wood in detail. Pics if you have them.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Zarniwoop » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:03 am

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Re: Morning wood

Postby Buc2 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:17 am

Zarniwoop wrote:Norweigen

:lol:

Hells to the yes!

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Re: Morning wood

Postby Stuart » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:21 am

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Re: Morning wood

Postby Kress » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:30 am

Good timing there, stu.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby NYBF » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:39 am

I've been using pecan because when I went to go buy some, they had a bag of it, and I'd never seen it before. I like it. Last two cooks with it were bacon wrapped wings that I smoked for almost two hours, and this amazing bacon weave breakfast thing I did during World Cup.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Rocker » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:03 am

Mesquite for chicken.

Pigs get peach.

Oak/hickory for beef.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:13 am

Rocker wrote:Mesquite for chicken.

Pigs get peach.

Oak/hickory for beef.

This.

Mesquite is great for chicken, turkey, or sausages.

Never used Peach wood before, but I tend to use apple or hickory for pork and Hickory for beef.

I like to make a smoked macaroni and cheese, but hickory ruins it. Gotta be Apple for that.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Kress » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:56 am

I've never even seen peach. Interesting. Pecan for some reason sounds like it would be good, and I know I've seen it around, but rarely. That will certainly go on my list, through.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby NYBF » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:08 am

Kress wrote:I've never even seen peach. Interesting. Pecan for some reason sounds like it would be good, and I know I've seen it around, but rarely. That will certainly go on my list, through.


I don't have a smoker, just my Weber kettle. It's not very often I set it up for smoking. I also don't have a lot of storage for... well... anything. If I start bringing in giant bags of 5 different kinds of wood for the random times I do smoke, that's an argument I don't feel like having. The bag it came in listed the meats they suggest it's good for. Pecan had every meat shown. I figured it would be a good, all purpose wood to use.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby NYBF » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:18 am

Here's the breakfast thing I smoked. Bacon weave, then loose breakfast sausage spread over that. I scrambled some eggs with peppers and onions, and put that on top of the sausage. Then covered the whole thing in cheese. It was a bitch to wrap up (I think because I overstuffed it), but the string was very helpful.

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Re: Morning wood

Postby Kress » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:45 am

Hot damn that looks good.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Stuart » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:15 am

gotta hand it to NY. thats some food porn right there!
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Zarniwoop » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:34 am

NYBF wrote:Here's the breakfast thing I smoked. Bacon weave, then loose breakfast sausage spread over that. I scrambled some eggs with peppers and onions, and put that on top of the sausage. Then covered the whole thing in cheese. It was a bitch to wrap up (I think because I overstuffed it), but the string was very helpful.

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I'm doing that!

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Re: Morning wood

Postby NYBF » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:43 am

Zarniwoop wrote:
I'm doing that!

(OOCA alert)


Lay the strings down first. That's why one looks better than the other. I was trying to wrap the first, having problems, then tried to run the strings underneath. For the second one, I put the strings down, then made the weave on top, and it assembled much easier.

If you've got a big smoker, I'd suggest making a couple of these. Whatever you don't eat right away, throw in the fridge. The next day I was able to cut thin slices off it, almost like deli meat, and then fry them up to reheat. It was amazing.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Kress » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:01 pm

NYBF wrote: cut thin slices off it, almost like deli meat, and then fry them up to reheat



Oh for ****'s sake.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Super K » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:44 pm

Mesquite all day every day...

Hickory comes in a distant 2nd...

Pecan rolls in at #3...
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Kress » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:20 am

NYBF wrote: The next day I was able to cut thin slices off it, almost like deli meat, and then fry them up to reheat.



Upon further reflection, here's what I'm thinking. Cut the slices off, dip them in pancake batter and pan fry , or alternatively egg wash like you're making French Toast and fry up, and then drizzle with a little maple syrup. Add whipped cream if you want to act fancy.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby NYBF » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:49 am

Kress wrote:
NYBF wrote: The next day I was able to cut thin slices off it, almost like deli meat, and then fry them up to reheat.



Upon further reflection, here's what I'm thinking. Cut the slices off, dip them in pancake batter and pan fry , or alternatively egg wash like you're making French Toast and fry up, and then drizzle with a little maple syrup. Add whipped cream if you want to act fancy.


Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. That might be the move.

One of the best breakfasts I've ever had was on vacation a few years ago. There was this diner in the mountains that was only open for breakfast, and you had to get there early because the wait was insane. And they served something called batter toast. They made french toast, then dipped it in their pancake batter. God, it was so good. I might have to do this pancake thing.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Super K » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:41 am

Batter toast sounds pretty freaking phenomenal too...

Might have to give that a try...
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Konatown » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:24 am

I received a big green egg for Father’s Day 2017, love that thing.

I’ve been using Pecan a bunch, also have some apple and cherry for poultry and pork. Was given a few peach chunks and really enjoyed that on the last pork butt. Typically use oak or hickory for briskets, beef ribs, etc.

One of my favorite things to do is tend the smoker and crack a cold one.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:38 am

Konatown wrote:One of my favorite things to do is tend the smoker and crack a cold one.


"I can't do that, honey. I have to tend to the smoker."
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Konatown » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:10 am

Mountaineer Buc wrote:
Konatown wrote:One of my favorite things to do is tend the smoker and crack a cold one.


"I can't do that, honey. I have to tend to the smoker."

Exactly. It’s the only ME time I can get with a 1 year old running around.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby NYBF » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:15 am

Konatown wrote:
Mountaineer Buc wrote:
"I can't do that, honey. I have to tend to the smoker."

Exactly. It’s the only ME time I can get with a 1 year old running around.


Is that the best argument against electric?
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Konatown » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:17 am

NYBF wrote:
Konatown wrote:Exactly. It’s the only ME time I can get with a 1 year old running around.


Is that the best argument against electric?

You can still tend the electric smoker, someone has to make sure it doesn’t get unplugged.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Buc2 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:48 am

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Re: Morning wood

Postby Zarniwoop » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:01 pm

Ran to Lowe’s at lunch and saw this


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Re: Morning wood

Postby Buc2 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:02 pm

Ha! Nice find.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby Kress » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:14 pm

That's an awfully thick book, for the topic.

And yes, I had to re-write that several times in order to avoid the obvious problems with awfully, thick, and wood being there.
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Re: Morning wood

Postby PrimeMinister » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:06 am

When did awfully thick wood become a problem?
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