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Jun 1, 2009 06:49 AM

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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    1. re: phantomdoc

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

      1. re: monku

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

        1. re: monku

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

          1. re: phantomdoc

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

              1. re: phantomdoc

                Yeah, that Broncosmoker's avatar caught my attention.

    2. 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 (
      )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.

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

        1. 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

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

            1. re: pitu

              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.......