Cherry tree. Can I use for BBQ Smoke
There is a cherry tree in my yard. I have to trim it every summer. Can I use the trimmed limbs for smoking meats in my gas grill? Do I need to do any prep to the wood, like taking off the bark or drying? I live on Long Island and the tree does not get sprayed with any pesticides or chemicals of any kind. The tree has never produced fruit. If anyone can tell me which type of cherry tree this is would be an added chowhound bonus.
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There isn't' enough information for me to identify your tree but a local arborist would be your best bet to ensure that it's properly identified. The Kwanzan Cherry (Prunus 'Kwanzan') is a fruitless cherry (http://www.arborday.org/treeguide/tre...
)If it is indeed cherry it can be used for smoking. You'd want to cut it into pieces small enough to fit into your BBQ but not so small that it burns up before it smokes, usually something around 1 inches in diameter and 4 - 6 inches long. Wet wood provides smoke, dry wood burns. I would remove the bark and, if it isn't dry enough when you're ready to use it, soak it in a bucket of water for an hour or so before adding it to the hot coals
You might find that mixing your cherry with other wood (e.g. hickory) gives a better balance of flavor to the finished meat.