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Old 03-30-2019, 05:59 PM   #1
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So I've never had the balls to use the exotics for smoking knowing that bugs won't eat it. It does however have a ****load of BTU hiding inside of it.

I just recently made some charcoal out of hickory and white oak. I have a bunch of stuff to burn (pine and the like) and figured maybe try some to make some charcoal out of Massaranduba, Ipe, and tigerwood that is sitting around...

Anyone ever try this?

Since the idea of charcoal is to burn most all the glucose I figure the harmful oils will be the first to go. Anyhow, I'll probably do it next weekend... I'll havey wife log on and let you know if it kills me.
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Old 03-30-2019, 07:33 PM   #2
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This should be interesting....

Maybe sniff the stuff before you cook with it.

I would think most if the nasty stuff would have cooked off, but I imagine going into anaphylactic shock would be embarrassing...

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This should be interesting....

Maybe sniff the stuff before you cook with it.

I would think most if the nasty stuff would have cooked off, but I imagine going into anaphylactic shock would be embarrassing...

Looking forward to not hearing from your wife.
I figured I'd do bacon first. If bacon isn't good with it, nothing will be. But those woods burn hot as all get out. Way hotter than live oak which is one of our domestic hottest woods.

Figured I should give it a whirl. I've found one place where people were using hackberry for charcoal which can be some pretty nasty stuff. Also found a place that is using Brazilian Eucalyptus which is favored by the rodizio grills. Eucalyptus is some pretty strong stuff when burned. So I figured why not, just really make sure to burn it all off.
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Making the charcoal should at least kill the mosquitos and clear your sinuses..

I'm told mango is pretty good, and coconut hulls as well. Never tried either, but areas where there is plenty if the stuff use it for everything they can.
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Just a hunch, ipe will not make good charcoal. It does not have a nice aroma when it burns.
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Just a hunch, ipe will not make good charcoal. It does not have a nice aroma when it burns.
The first time I burned mesquite, I thought it smelled terrible. There are some woods up here that smell like cat piss when they burn, I'll never try those for anything.
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The first time I burned mesquite, I thought it smelled terrible. There are some woods up here that smell like cat piss when they burn, I'll never try those for anything.
Mesquite has a wonderful aroma

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The smoke was always too acrid for me.

I grew up smelling smoke from maple, birch, elm, and oak. Those are pretty bland. I love the taste of mesquite smoke in BBQ, but never got used to the smell when I was smoking meats.
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The first time I burned mesquite, I thought it smelled terrible. There are some woods up here that smell like cat piss when they burn, I'll never try those for anything.
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Mesquite's popularity was a result of Texas pulling one over on the rest of the country, marketing Texas BBQ as being mesquite and getting every ignorant yankee north of the Mason-Dixon line to pay 5 bucks for a zip-loc bag of chips.

Except for southern areas where it's the only hardwood they could get their hands on, the populatrity was from a marketing drive for Texas to find a use for the trash wood.

It's a crap smoking wood, but it's a good BBQ wood if you're running a burn barrel feeded bbq, or maybe an offset with a small and hot fire.
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I've smoked some mighty tasty briskets with that crappy mesquite. Definitely my go to wood for grilling. It also makes some of the most beautiful flooring you'll ever see, imo. What is one Canadian's trash is a Texan's treasure.
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You just adjust what you get by using a mix of woods, wrapping in foil, etc. That's what I always did. Gives an excellent flavor.
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Mesquite's popularity was a result of Texas pulling one over on the rest of the country, marketing Texas BBQ as being mesquite and getting every ignorant yankee north of the Mason-Dixon line to pay 5 bucks for a zip-loc bag of chips.

Except for southern areas where it's the only hardwood they could get their hands on, the populatrity was from a marketing drive for Texas to find a use for the trash wood.

It's a crap smoking wood, but it's a good BBQ wood if you're running a burn barrel feeded bbq, or maybe an offset with a small and hot fire.
You have that backwards, Yankees tasted the BBQ, and thought they just needed a bag of chips to cook BBQ.

Nope.
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I've had meat cooked over all kinds of wood in Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Haiti....I just cant tell you what any of it was accept eucalyptus...which doesn't sound like a quality smoking wood.
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Just finished a dry aged steak over some massaranduba charcoal I made.

Seems to burn for a long time at a high temp as I went outside and missed my high mark of 800 which usually can only be kept for about 10 min. I came back and it was still at around 800. Downside is not much flavor from the flame at all.

Could be a fluke but I'm going to try some more next week. All in all seemed like a success and as good or better then oak if you're just looking for heat more than flavor.
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Just finished a dry aged steak over some massaranduba charcoal I made.



Seems to burn for a long time at a high temp as I went outside and missed my high mark of 800 which usually can only be kept for about 10 min. I came back and it was still at around 800. Downside is not much flavor from the flame at all.



Could be a fluke but I'm going to try some more next week. All in all seemed like a success and as good or better then oak if you're just looking for heat more than flavor.
If your charcoal is made correctly you should not get much flavour....especially from grilling at high heat.

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