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Old 10-25-2006, 11:20 AM   #1
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Different wood smoke flavor.

Just wondering, aside from mesquite and hickory, can you taste a distinct diffrence the taste imparted by different smoke woods. Could you do a blind test and be able to say "Yup, this one's been smoked over apple and this here one's been smoked over guava."

As far as I'm concerned they are all very much alike.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:39 AM   #2
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Al,

I tend to agree with you. I honestly can't tell the difference when I'm eating whether the meat was smoked with apple, maple, oak, or whatever. However, I think if it was over smoked with hickory or mesquite, you might be able to.

Where I CAN tell the difference is standing next to the cooker, I can tell apple from pecan and sugar maple from hickory etc...to me they all have a distinct aroma.
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I can only tell if it was cooked with a strong wood like hickory over a mellower wood like alder. I couldn't tell you about different tastes though.
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Apple yes, but just because I use it a lot of the time...harder with the other stuff!
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I think I could tell the difference between some of the woods...hickory,cherry...and such..but when you start to mix the woods...no way
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Old 10-25-2006, 12:18 PM   #6
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Yup... Apple and Cherry for sure. The others?....Mmmm not so much.

:edit ... add Orange to the detectable.
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Old 10-25-2006, 12:56 PM   #7
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pecan is simalr to hickory....but milder...
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Oak, hickory, and mesquite I can tell...seems like all the fruit wood I can't.
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Apple, hickory & mesquite seperate I can tell the difference.
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Old 10-25-2006, 06:51 PM   #10
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Well then,

I feel better knowing that, like me, most of you folks can't REALLY tell the difference.
Thats why I smoke everything with apple, cherry and hickory.

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