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Old 06-20-2009, 08:08 PM
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Default Smoking with Blackjack Oak

I moved from the Houston area up to NE Texas about three years ago. I purchased and cleared some property. I have a bunch of "Blackjack" oak trees that are now very well seasoned, but I don't know if it is good for use in a smoker (probably as much for heat as for smoke). Anybody have any thoughts?

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Old 06-20-2009, 08:17 PM
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It burns real hot. Hotter than most oak. Related to red oak. Will pop
some,but good for smokin.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:40 PM
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The best store bought Q in Texas is at Smitty's in Lochart and that's all they cook with I believe. Last time I was there they had 30 cords of it behind the kitchen.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:44 PM
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Thanks for the info. I looked on the web, but all I could find was that it had "no commercial value", so I was a little unsure. So, now I'm loaded up with plenty of cooking wood! I've got pork butts, baby backs, sausage, some beef and a few chickens ready to go on a road trip to Glen Rose this weekend, Concan first of next week and Houston for the Fourth, with "Hoss" in tow! I'm awaiting my shipment of Texas Pepper Jelly and Original TexasBBQ Rub from Craig, and then I'll be set!
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:55 PM
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Well I bumped into some of that Blackjack Oak once upon a time. It was seasoned somewhut but still purty fresh. Burned with the blackest smoke I ever seen other than with a grease fire. Skerred me a little. I started tossing it in about every 3 log or so with the other two being some kinda Oak other than it. Everything turned out ok. Since that whut you got is "real dead" it will prob burn real nasty till it catches fire good. I would be ready to fan the firebox door till the stink and smoke clears up some..if it was me. Good fortunes on the smoking trail. (Borrowing a paraphrase from BBQ Mom

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