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Post Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:14 pm
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Do you have any experience using eucalyptus wood for grilling or smoking? Can you recommend it? Thanks
Adam Olonoff

Post Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:53 pm
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Hi, Adam,

I've had experience using eucalyptus for grilling. It's a popular fuel in Colombia, where they use it to grill chiguero (capybara--a large edible rodent--it tastes better than it sounds).

I haven't tried smoking with it yet. Has anyone else out there?

I'm also thinking an eucalyptus plank would be awesome for salmon.

Thanks for writing.


Post Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:44 pm
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For grilling, I've heard that eucalyptus is OK. However, for slow smoking I wouldn't recommend it because of its high oil content. I tried it once and the ribs I cooked tasted like they were basted with turpentine. The garbage disposal that is my neighbor's dog wouldn't even touch them.
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