FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 


Water Oak and Live Oak

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Smoke Ring Forum Index -> Wood and Charcoal
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Catfish
BBQ Fan


Joined: 27 Apr 2008
Posts: 175
Location: Central and Coastal Georgia

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10 16 5:26 am    Post subject: Water Oak and Live Oak Reply with quote

Last year I had the opportunity to get some water oak and live oak and have really become a fan of both woods for slow smoking. I usually test my wood by using it in my Buck stove. After testing both I found that after seasoning the wood for a year, both produce a good, hot coal bed that is easy to regulate the temp on. The coals are large and solid and if I close down the dampers, the coals will cool down some and opening the dampers will bring them back to a solid red. Armed with that, I have smoked briskets twice in the past month, and my Lang acts just like the Buck stove. I will use blackjack oak and hickory with the water or live oak during the first two hours of my cook for the flavor I want, then switch to water or live oak alone. The water and live oaks have a mild, sweet oak smoke and the briskets turned out perfect. It was easy to hold the rack temp at 250 because the heat was primarily the coals. I would just throw a good split every hour or so or maybe two as the night got colder to keep my coal bed fresh. If you have the opportunity to get either of those woods, I recommend you give them a try. I used a lot less wood cooking overnight by using them and the results were great.
_________________
Smoking on a Lang 84 Deluxe and Lang 36.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
biker.chef
BBQ Pro


Joined: 28 Jun 2010
Posts: 555
Location: Burnsville Minnesota

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10 16 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice post.
So the life oak has a similar flavor as the other oaks?

I confess I had to google every type of oak you mentioned.
We don't that many varieties up here.
_________________
-------
Every Day, Thousands Of Innocent Plants Are Killed By Vegetarians.
Help End The Violence.
EAT BACON
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Catfish
BBQ Fan


Joined: 27 Apr 2008
Posts: 175
Location: Central and Coastal Georgia

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10 16 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The live oak actually adds a milder flavor to the meat. Catches fire quickly (once seasoned) and hardly any smoke. The coastal and barrier island BBQ cookers use it almost exclusively because that's about all they have. I really like it but it's not as strong as red oak.
_________________
Smoking on a Lang 84 Deluxe and Lang 36.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
necron 99
BBQ Super Pro


Joined: 04 Aug 2007
Posts: 2590
Location: San Antonio, TX

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10 16 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used a lot of (free) water oak (a species of red oak) for smoking when I lived in rural Southeast Louisiana. I didn't care for the flavor profile of live oak (a species of white oak) as much personally. Pecan was my other personal choice for locally available smoking wood when I lived there.
_________________
Let's hope SoEzzy can ditch his heavy hand on photos in 2016!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Catfish
BBQ Fan


Joined: 27 Apr 2008
Posts: 175
Location: Central and Coastal Georgia

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10 16 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The live oak actually adds a milder flavor to the meat. Catches fire quickly (once seasoned) and hardly any smoke. The coastal and barrier island BBQ cookers use it almost exclusively because that's about all they have. I really like it but it's not as strong as red oak.
_________________
Smoking on a Lang 84 Deluxe and Lang 36.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Smoke Ring Forum Index -> Wood and Charcoal All times are GMT + 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group