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Whiskey barrels for smoke?

I have an opportunity to get some used whiskey barrels from a local distiller.

Anyone ever used such aa thing for their smoke?

Would the fact that they have been used to age whiskey make a difference in the taste?

I know there is a JD wood chip out there, never used it, is there a difference from the plain wood chips they use compared to the ones infused with JD?

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  • they work great. Most barrels are oak so that is great by itself. Add whiskey....what could go wrong?

    You can taste the whiskey in the smoke. It's nice


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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,812

    I have used the JD and I can't taste a difference but sure can smell the smoke. That taste is me, not saying others can't taste it.

    With JD you must keep the bag sealed well.

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,541
    Should work out well. I like the JD ones when I can find them for a good price. Another chip out there that comes from wood barrels is the Tabasco chips. Actually adds heat to your cook. Haven't seen them in ages. Wish I coudl find them locally.

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,812
    @Griffin can you taste it in the cook. I get/taste the smoke of the wood (oak i think) but no taste of the JD?
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,764
    Mickey said:

    I have used the JD and I can't taste a difference but sure can smell the smoke. That taste is me, not saying others can't taste it.

    With JD you must keep the bag sealed well.

    I agree with Mickey, the smoke smells better than the taste. Years ago, picked some broken barrels up from Schenley Distiller in Valleyfield Qc, great smoke wood, Like Travis said - Oak. Cut the staves into chunks and you will be good for sometime. 
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,508
    Honda. You can make "swish " with them first @-)

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • hondabbqhondabbq Posts: 1,727

    What is "SWISH"? 

  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,541
    @Mickey - maybe a tad. I think I just like the way it smells when it burns. Now the Tabasco chips (from what I remember, and this was years ago) didn't impart a tabaso-ey taste, but they did add heat/spice to whatever it was I cooked.

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,508
    We used to get the barrels when we were kids and put about 10% volume of water. Lay them on their side and we would roll them once a week for a few months. Then drink the result. It was hideous

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • hondabbqhondabbq Posts: 1,727
    We used to get the barrels when we were kids and put about 10% volume of water. Lay them on their side and we would roll them once a week for a few months. Then drink the result. It was hideous


    LOL did you get drunk on it? What was the purpose?

    I think ill pass either way.

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,508
    Yeah, I din't know the alcohol level of the result but it was there. They were CC barrels and the stuff didn't taste a lot different than CC really.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • You have a gold mine on your hands...Whisky oak smoke on a beef brisket...many kinds of great.
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  • Watch trailer park boys if you really want the scoop on Swish.
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  • esddesdd Posts: 44
    If the barrels are fresh break them down and "season" the wood, as fresh barrels will be saturated with alcohol and burn like gasoline. I use barrels from Jim Beam or Early Times regularly. 
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