Originally Posted by lewdog
Thanks man, trying to learn! Came out well considering I have a pretty cheap vertical smoker.
What are your recommendations for woods to use with what meat? I just didn't want to buy a ton of wood and Mesquite was the only one that came in a economical bulk size for not a ton of cash. Wondering where most of you get the wood you use? I got my bag of mesquite at home depot.
This is what my BBQ pal Mr. Doggity recommends about woods:
"Today's smoking & grilling tip - What kind of wood for what kind of meat? This is another very common question, and again, the answer is, "depends"! The best all-around performer for most situations is oak. I like Missouri white oak, but others prefer red oak. Oak lasts long, produces good smoke, with a medium flavor. Ash and Beech are also good. I love fruitwoods, like apple, peach and pear. Nut woods like hickory, pecan and walnut are fine, in moderation, but can make meat bitter if over-used, and are best on pork and beef. I love alder and cedar for fish and poultry. One wood I use very sparingly is mesquite. It is very strong, and often too bitter. If I use it, I mix it with oak to tone it down.
Try unconventional things like corn cobs, pecan shells, and grape vines. Also pouches of herbs, citrus peels and even tea leaves add another dimension to your smoke. Get creative!"