Thursday, July 1, 2010

Save your cuttings!

For those of you that prune back your trees in the spring or fall, remember to save the wood! Any non-evergreen wood is usually excellent for smoking, especially fruit woods. Even adding a chunk to your grill can impart a kiss of smoke on quick grilled items.

Our cherry and apple trees don't give us much fruit, or much we can reach before the squirrels and birds get to them, but they supply wood chunks most of the year for barbecue.

Season wood in a covered area for about six months.


  1. Great advice! I just got a box full of smoking wood from a limb off a crabapple tree. I'm also a big fan of grape vine trimmings whenever I can get it.

  2. Ooh, I love grape vine. We have an old scraggedy one wrapped around an alley chain link fence. For the grapes we could care less, but we love the clippings...

  3. That's what my apple tree is for! Plus, it's just plain cool when you tell people that you smoked meat using wood from trees in your yard.