The most basic thing you need to know about choosing the right wood for making barbecue is: don’t use pine (or, really, any other coniferous tree). Hardwoods are what you seek, but which ones? You might hear about alder, apple, peach, and beech wood on barbecue television shows, but in Texas we smoke with mesquite, oak, pecan, and hickory. I talked to several wood suppliers and pitmasters who made cases for their woods of choice. I also compiled tips to help folks at home more easily identify the different hardwoods they may come across. The easiest way to identify a tree species is by its leaves, but that’s no help when the tree is already cut and stacked for firewood. The second is by the…View Original Post
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