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  • Smoking meat with fig chips

    After pruning our Italian Honey (?) tree this winter, we were left with quite a few large, woody branches.

    The wood has been drying for months, and smells amazing. Last weekend, my neighbor was planning to smoke some meat, and I suggested he try using some of the fig wood. He went with it, using a chainsaw to make a few wood chips from the fig wood, and boy did the backyard smell sweet and amazing while it was cooking.

    I couldn't taste figs in the finished meat, but it was absolutely delicious with a hint of sweet, smokiness.

  • #2
    Great idea! Fig wood would be great to smoke with. I would use larger chunks for my use.
    Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B
    Wishlist:
    Figue Janue, Yellow Neches, St Martain, Texas Peach.

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    • #3
      I've been collecting fig wood for a couple of years now to use in the smoker, but we just haven't had time to break it out.
      “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
      – Source Unknown
      MA 5b/6a

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      • tinyfish
        tinyfish commented
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        Now that is a shame. There is nothing better then walking through your fig tree's with the smell of bbq in the air.

    • #4
      I recently barbecued wild Chinook salmon with cured fig wood -- a combined effort from my favorite native and favorite nonnative CA species!
      Sebastopol, California. Zone 9a
      The best time to plant a fig tree was 80 years ago. The second best time was 50 years ago. Oh well.

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      • mwhight34
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        Smoked/bbq salmon is one of my favorites!

    • #5
      I was always wondering this as well. I didn't know if the fig sap would impart any bad stuff on the meat. Might have to try some fig wood on my Weber Smokey Mountain.

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      • BigJohnfromCT
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        Let us know how you make out and what you smoked. I've got the WSM but no fig wood. Wish I had known last autumn when I did a heavy prune.

    • #6
      Pretty sure someone a couple of years ago posted a few images of people smoking meat over fig wood in Italy. Maybe it was TorontoJoe
      Jason. San Diego, CA - Zone 10A WL: Dominick, Chiappetta

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      • #7
        Originally posted by JCT View Post
        Pretty sure someone a couple of years ago posted a few images of people smoking meat over fig wood in Italy. Maybe it was TorontoJoe
        I don’t know that it imparted a “fig” flavour into the meat…. But it was great!


        Guildwood Village - Toronto, Canada - Zone 6

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        • #8
          Fig-b-cue

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          Guildwood Village - Toronto, Canada - Zone 6

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