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#7031652 - 01/09/18 02:49 PM Which wood to smoke with
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I'm going to whip up some sausage pretty soon here after deer season. Would cherry wood be too sweet for venison sausage? I have a blend of pellets that are hickory, oak, and cherry. I also have some that are 100% oak. Ill be making kielbasa and snack sticks. Most of those smoke charts i see dont recommend cherry for beef/venison.

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#7031653 - 01/09/18 02:51 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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I wouldn't use cherry - I've only used cherry once on a turkey and it was overpowering

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#7031679 - 01/09/18 03:11 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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I use pure cherry for deer jerky and everyone likes it. And I prefer cherry for fish. I think that mix of hickory, oak, cherry would be just fine for any sausage. Straight hickory is great on sausage, but I would not go with straight cherry.
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#7031703 - 01/09/18 03:29 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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I would try to find some type fruit wood Apple, peach, pecan maybe mix a little hickory with it.

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#7031718 - 01/09/18 03:43 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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I use oak and hickory for everything. Cherry is pretty strong.

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#7031736 - 01/09/18 04:06 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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I've never smoked with Cherry, but I imagine it would be good. I like pecan, or hickory for my venison summer sausage.
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#7031745 - 01/09/18 04:13 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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Hard to beat oak or pecan.

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#7031785 - 01/09/18 04:40 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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Oak or mesquite is all ive ever smoked deer sausage with.
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#7031816 - 01/09/18 04:57 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: MacDaddy21]
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Originally Posted By: MacDaddy21
Hard to beat oak or pecan.


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#7032364 - 01/10/18 04:26 AM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: Dalee7892]
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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
I would try to find some type fruit wood Apple, peach, pecan maybe mix a little hickory with it.


Or how about cherry. Wouldn't waste my time looking for it, but if you happen to have some on hand... grin

I don't care for cherry at all. Ruined 2 otherwise good hams with it. I'd stick with the hickory and oak

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#7033250 - 01/10/18 03:59 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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oak and pecan for me but that's whats available in my area. I occasionally use peach & pear when I have some available. Never tried cherry but would guess it's pretty strong for a fruit wood.
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#7033266 - 01/10/18 04:12 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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I'm an Oak/Hickory or Pecan guy. The hickory can leave a bitter taste if your not careful. I strip the bark of all the hickory I use. Pecan is more mellow.
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#7034344 - 01/11/18 11:22 AM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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Cherry goes great with deer and beef but I only smoke it for a short time then finish over hot coals. For sausage I wouldn't do it.
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#7034349 - 01/11/18 11:25 AM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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I use nothing but pecan

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#7035194 - 01/11/18 09:42 PM Re: Which wood to smoke with [Re: magspa]
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Thanks. I'll just use the straight oak, don't want to ruin a batch of venison.

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