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Best Wood Flavor for Smoking Boston Butt

Wally_Wabash_03Wally_Wabash_03 Posts: 91
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
I'm a relative newbie -- I'm going to be doing the Naked Whiz's slow cook pulled pork tonight.  Any suggestions for what kind of wood to use for the smoke? I have hickory and that would be my default, but I would be interested in any other suggestions -- I'll provide pics and updates throughout.  

Thanks!!

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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,389
    i like apple and hickory or cherry , 
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  • EggbertsdadEggbertsdad Posts: 794
    ^^^^ I like all 3 of those. 
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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,660
    Apple or maple for me.

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 9,771
    I go with a mix of apple and cherry-heavier on the cherry.  It will turn out great wth whatever you use. A very forgiving cook.  Enjoy the journey.
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  • Better to use too little wood than too much, especially for a low and slow. All of those are good woods, but I find that hickory overwhelms fruit woods when mixed.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 9,771

     Better to use too little wood than too much, especially for a low and slow. All of those are good woods, but I find that hickory overwhelms fruit woods when mixed.

    Excellent point-I never mix fruit woods with the traditional hard woods.


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  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 1,958
    I am addicted to the jack Daniels chips right now. What I used my last low n slow
    Boom
  • ratcheerratcheer Posts: 189
    Hickory for me, too!

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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    You can never go wrong with hickory and pork.  However, you have to figure out what YOU like the best. Good luck and as @lousubcap says enjoy the journey.
  • RoobRoob Posts: 9
    Pecan is mellow -  good replacement for hickory.   I go with a mix of Pecan and a fruitwood (apricot at this time). 
  • ratcheerratcheer Posts: 189
    Pecan is mellow -  good replacement for hickory.   I go with a mix of Pecan and a fruitwood (apricot at this time). 
    A pecan tree is actually a type of hickory tree.

    Tim
  • I picked up both apple and cherry. My thought is to go with a mix of the two. Putting the roast on around midnight tonight - pics to come!
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,680
    Pecan is mellow -  good replacement for hickory.   I go with a mix of Pecan and a fruitwood (apricot at this time). 
    A pecan tree is actually a type of hickory tree.

    Tim
    You're right, but Pecan smoke tastes much milder and sweeter.
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  • RocEGGRocEGG Posts: 86

    I picked up both apple and cherry. My thought is to go with a mix of the two. Putting the roast on around midnight tonight - pics to come!
    Nice! Thats what I usually do for butts. A bit more cherry than apple, but the fruit woods are really mild and complement the pork well. The fruit woods also work great for poultry.
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