Question Submitted by Brian:
What wood do I use to smoke pork spare ribs ?
I am very glad I found the site!!!!! I want to smoke some pork spare ribs on my new smoker but I not want to have an over-powering taste of smoke when we eat them. What wood would you recommend when smoking the ribs to get a nice suttle smoke flavor to them that will not scare my friends off when they eat it? I don’t want to be known as the guy who over smokes his ribs and they taste too smokey to eat. PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE!!!!!!!
Where are you located, and what types of wood do you have access to. I would recommend that you use a nicely cured hickory, cherry, apple, or even better for a nice mild smoke flavor, Alder. It depends on what type grows where you live. You can also cook with Kingsford Charcoal, adding chunks or chips of hickory or mesquite, and you will get a nice, mild flavor of smoke in whatever you are cooking. Remember to always have your exhaust damper wide open! If the damper is slightly closed, it can trap smoke in the cooking chamber and this may produce a bitter, heavy smoke flavor.
I hope this helps.
The Smoker King