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Tom C
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26 08 7:52 am    Post subject: Cedar wood Reply with quote

A co-worker of mine from another department says that he always uses ceadar chips to smoke turkeys. I told him that I didn't think cedar was a good wood for smoking anything but he swears by it.

The reason it came up was because I mentioned that we were thinking of smoking a turkey on Friday on the work smoker. He was wanting us to try cedar.

I did a search on the web and this site and showed him two sites that said not to use cedar. However, I did find a site that sells cedar chips along with other more typical woods for smoking.

Does anyone here use or know of anyone that uses cedar (other than for planks)?

I have alreday told him I didn't want to use the stuff because everything I ever seen says it no good. He said that he would bring me some tri-tip the next time he cooks one. I guess he uses it for that as well. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26 08 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kingsford briquettes are made from pine, cedar and alder as well as coal dust and lime.... mmmmmmm yummy, yummy! Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28 08 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Across the road from my work there is a Biofuel plant that is using wood chips to make heating oil. On good days it smells like BBQ... on bad days it smells like a diaper full of indian food!!

What I'm curious about it what they are doing with the "leftovers" from the process. Any bets on what briquette company they go to?? haha I'll have to ask one of the truckers where they are headed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28 08 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well we smoked the turkey today and NO we didn't use cedar chips! We used Oak with apple chunks. The bird cooked for nearly 4 hours and came out great.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28 08 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have cooked salmon on the grill on cedar planks, which end up smoking and making the fish taste great. I have never used it for anything else, or in a smoker before.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01 08 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

found this on the smoking-meats.com web site:

http://www.meat-smoking.com/can-you-smoke-meat-with-cedar-wood.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01 08 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tell your neighbor to remove the cedar, pressure wash it at 800 psi with tsp, water and little bleach. Nail to the fence or house but keep away from his food.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01 08 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stejvg wrote:
tell your neighbor to remove the cedar, pressure wash it at 800 psi with tsp, water and little bleach. Nail to the fence or house but keep away from his food.


Laughing Laughing Thanks stejvg, I'll tell him that!


handicap18, That is one of the items I found as well. I gave it to him and he said that the guy didn't know what he is talking about. Rolling Eyes

Anyway, I don't think I'm going to convince him but I'm not going to eat anything he makes either. Like you Jeff, I've had salmon cooked on cedar but not smoked with it. He says he cooks with it all the time and he's still alive but I wouldn't take the chance myself.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02 08 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh well at least you were kind enough to do some research for him. Like anything else it is not the short term but the long term effects over the years.

Take beer for instance, we'all never stop drinking!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02 08 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stejvg wrote:
Oh well at least you were kind enough to do some research for him. Like anything else it is not the short term but the long term effects over the years.

Take beer for instance, we'all never stop drinking!!


Moderation is the name of the game. Since I did not drink any beer legally until I was twenty-one, I still have a lot of catching up to do. (Illegal beer drinking doesn't count, because you can't prove it.)
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