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    Default Smoker

    On Monday my truck was being serviced, so did a little backyard smoking. I had just cut up a newly downed oak for a friend, so had a bit of green wood.

    Frame made over fire pit. Grill added for convenience - any wire or cordage will work.

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    Working up a bed of coals.

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    While that was going on - time to skin some green wood (I prefer to smoke without any bark on).

    For the stick skinning - choose your favorite tool.

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    I chose the hatchet. I've been growing more fond of them. Sharpened properly, there isn't too much it cannot do in the field.

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    I used my canvas tarp (neighbors wouldn't appreciate me delimbing their trees to contain the smoke).

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    I want to smoke, not cook the meat. Checking temperatures the scientific way.

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    Add the meat - I cheated and marinated it in Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce.

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    Close it up and wait.

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    The results.

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    I've got to remember to air out the tarp really well before I use it in bear areas.
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    Well, how'd it turn out?
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    Pretty good. See "Today's Hike".
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    You make no mention of the flavor or texture in that thread.
    I had a compass, but without a map, it's just a cool toy to show you where oceans and ice are.

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    There was none left if that helps. The flavor of the Sweet Baby Ray's and smoke was a good combination. Texture was firm, but not crunchy.
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    I am a fan of smoked meats but never really have tried it. Have you done this alot? Have you done fish?

    Smoked Salmon is, of course, a staple around these parts. I eat alot of it but have never produced it.
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    Very cool, like the idea of a operation that doesn't require a "smoker" per se....saw the canvas TP on one of the Alaska shows, good to see it in action.

    Most all my smoking has been done in a aluminum manufactured smoker, using charcoal and hickory or apple wood chips.

    Very cool set up, Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter View Post
    I am a fan of smoked meats but never really have tried it. Have you done this alot? Have you done fish?

    Smoked Salmon is, of course, a staple around these parts. I eat alot of it but have never produced it.
    I haven't done a lot of it, and have not tried salmon yet. It's on the list.
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    On your beach trip, take a surfcasting rod.

    Smoked spot or croaker?
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    Next time maybe try some maple if you can find it, or alder wood. I have found that oak has a somewhat bitter taste from the tannins in it. Hickory is also very good, but around here it is pretty scarce. We just had a hardwood floor installed on one of our jobs and I now have a couple of large boxes of maple flooring scraps to smoke with. Going to do some venison jerky this coming weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gohammergo View Post
    Next time maybe try some maple if you can find it, or alder wood. I have found that oak has a somewhat bitter taste from the tannins in it. Hickory is also very good, but around here it is pretty scarce. We just had a hardwood floor installed on one of our jobs and I now have a couple of large boxes of maple flooring scraps to smoke with. Going to do some venison jerky this coming weekend.
    That's why I peel it first - keeps the bitter out. You're right about hickory and maple.....waiting on the next tropical storm to stock up.
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    That is excellent...it could easily be done in a campground.
    Gives me yet another motivation to get out there fishing.
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    Crash, great improvised smoker. You have been channeling your inner buccaneer.
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    I don't have one of those fancy schmancy fire pits.

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    Let's fire this baby up

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    Load the fire box

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    And shove the flame in.

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    Plug the intake

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    And hang the goodies

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    It also served as an annealing furnace for my bow saw handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intothenew View Post
    I don't have one of those fancy schmancy fire pits.
    Neither did I until.......http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...light=chiminea

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    Default Smoke some fresh oysters

    When I lived in Jacksonvilel, the Marine squadran my dad worked with would dig a couple of Gi cans full of oysters and smoke them. Great eating other than raw.
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    looks DARN GOOD!!!!

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    My inlaws have a retail bought aluminum rig and a garbage can setup. They make sausage and smoke it, get salmon from the local indian band and sometimes they do jerky too. I haven't helped yet but perhaps next summer. I got a pile of cherry trunk wood a number of weeks ago (20 ish pieces about 60+ lbs ) and dropped it off for them to cure, we plan on using it when its ready.
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