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Unread 07-10-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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I want to try my hand at smoking. I have a big pile of cherrywood. What I want to know is when I split it up to smoke with it do I remove the bark? Thank you for all input. I'm a newb at smoking btw.

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Unread 07-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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I'd remove the bark. I do that with any wood though, I've always felt the bark leads to some bitterness in the smoke, but maybe it's just me.
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Unread 07-10-2012, 10:53 AM   #3
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Thank you for the quick reply. Id think the bark would make kind of a crappy taste.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 06:52 AM   #4
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That's been my experience...but I know people that leave it on and swear it's fine. No Cherry wood around for me to try...but I do have a 10' log of sassafras that's gonna get cut up for some smokin this weekend
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Crider is right....bark does leave a bitter taste. I take all the bark off and use the chop saw to cut them into chunks.


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Add another one to the "doesn't use bark" column.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 08:22 PM   #7
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Crider is right....bark does leave a bitter taste. I take all the bark off and use the chop saw to cut them into chunks.
I'm going to try this. And correct me if I'm wrong but there is no need to soak the chunks right?
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Unread 07-11-2012, 08:42 PM   #8
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I personally do not soak the chunks. I do soak wood chips if I decide to use them instead of chunks.

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Unread 07-12-2012, 02:01 AM   #9
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first what are you cooking on/with ?

Gas,charcoal,an off set smoker ?

If you cut your wood in big chunks and maybe cut it in half or quarter it and then add it in something like my Weber Chimney with the charcoal the bark will be burned off before you use it .

if it is smaller just limbs just chunk in the pieces in the chimney .

I am more than happy to try to help here but I need more info .

What are you cooking on and do you want to do an all wood cook ?

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first what are you cooking on/with ?

Gas,charcoal,an off set smoker ?

If you cut your wood in big chunks and maybe cut it in half or quarter it and then add it in something like my Weber Chimney with the charcoal the bark will be burned off before you use it .

if it is smaller just limbs just chunk in the pieces in the chimney .

I am more than happy to try to help here but I need more info .

What are you cooking on and do you want to do an all wood cook ?

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Hey Phit. I will be cooking on charcoal. I've tried googling and searching but I keep getting conflicting answers on chunks or chips and bark or no bark or soaking vs not soaking the chips. Sorry if all my mumble confused you. Lol
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When I first started smoking, I used charcoal and nothing else. Everything came out delicious. I still always use charcoal but do throw in only a few chunks or hand fulls of chips.

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I recently smoked a pork loin and used natural lump charcoal and threw some water soaked chips right on the coals (the water helps the small chips burn slower/smoke more). I also made a pouch out of foil and placed a handful or two of dry chips inside it. I poked holes in the top and placed the pouch on the grate over the coals. I was able to produce a smoke ring on the pork. The smoke had to work through a layer of bacon.



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Unread 07-12-2012, 04:39 PM   #13
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I recently smoked a pork loin and used natural lump charcoal and threw some water soaked chips right on the coals (the water helps the small chips burn slower/smoke more). I also made a pouch out of foil and placed a handful or two of dry chips inside it. I poked holes in the top and placed the pouch on the grate over the coals. I was able to produce a smoke ring on the pork. The smoke had to work through a layer of bacon.
That's a good idea. That pork looks pretty delicious. Thank you for the advice.
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MI , Do try useing lump coal it's good stuff .

I like Royal Oaks .

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MI , Do try useing lump coal it's good stuff .

I like Royal Oaks .

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Where could I get lump coal at Phit?
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