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Cherry tree. Can I use for BBQ Smoke

phantomdoc Jun 1, 2009 06:49 AM

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.

Edit.... Photo did not attatch

  1. Uncle Bob Jun 1, 2009 08:57 AM

    Cherry is an excellent flavoring wood for BBQ....Works really well with poultry products....
    Mixes well with other woods...I like it with Oak....No need to debark...No need to soak....It does need to be dry aged wood however.....Trim your tree and wait a few months...Then

    Have Fun!!

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    1. re: Uncle Bob
      pitu Jun 1, 2009 10:13 AM

      Does the same hold for apple wood? I have an apple tree....I have trimmed branches...

      1. re: pitu
        Uncle Bob Jun 1, 2009 12:28 PM

        Yes!!!....Apple wood is very popular. Commonly use with Pork and Poultry....I have used it exclusively with Pork Ribs with very nice results....It can be mixed with any other flavoring woods...including Cherry so.......


        1. re: Uncle Bob
          pitu Jun 1, 2009 02:15 PM


    2. monku Jun 1, 2009 07:21 AM

      Check out the section on cherry wood for smoking......

      1. todao Jun 1, 2009 07:00 AM

        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.

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          phantomdoc Jun 1, 2009 06:58 AM

          Trying to send picture.

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          1. re: phantomdoc
            monku Jun 1, 2009 07:03 AM

            It's a cherry blossom tree......not sure they bear fruit

            1. re: monku
              monku Jun 1, 2009 07:16 AM

              Japanese cherry blossom tree like the have at the National Mall in Washington DC

              1. re: monku
                phantomdoc Jun 1, 2009 02:17 PM

                If it is a cherry blossom tree does that mean it is not good for BBQ?

                1. re: phantomdoc
                  monku Jun 1, 2009 02:19 PM

                  I don't know.
                  Figured one of the experts would have chimed in.

                  1. re: monku
                    phantomdoc Jun 1, 2009 02:23 PM

                    Got my answer from the smoke ring. It is a no go.


                    1. re: phantomdoc
                      monku Jun 1, 2009 02:32 PM

                      Yeah, that Broncosmoker's avatar caught my attention.

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