(San Diego, CA)
I usually use pecan wood for smoking beef sausage. However, I have a source of magnolia wood. All I know is that magnolia is a hard wood. Can it be used in a smoker?
I was told a while back that the spent seed pods of magnolia was the bomb for smoking pork and chicken as well as fish. It is fantastic. gives a nice little spice note.
a great wood for smoking. i have to disagree w/one of the posters. not all woods you smoke with are "edible plants". we smoke with magnolia, it's a great wood w/good flavor. i dig breaking 'rules and thumbs' esp when it comes to cooking...lol
a great combo is 50/50 apple/mag. it produces a real great flavor ! not like i really want folks to start smoking with this wood but it's safe and it's good !
I've been using Magnolia for a couple years. Lost a big limb on a 8o year old tree and decided to give it a try.
It is a lighter, somewhat floral smoke. I use it for pork and poultry. It works very well for ribs and rib ends. I use chunks with and without bark added to charcoal in a Weber kettle.
Try it. Be the first on your block to use it....
Would you eat it?
As a rule of thumb, smoking woods usually come from plants with edible parts, generally fruits and nuts.
As far as I can tell, nobody eats magnolia, however my research says it's not poisonous.
If you're feeling adventurous, try burning a bit and smell the smoke. If the smoke smells tasty, you might give it a try.
Can You Smoke With Magnolia?
I honestly don't know. I don't have any experience using it, nor does anyone I know. I even checked on the internet and couldn't find any information about smoking with magnolia. So, unless you find out otherwise, consider it unsafe and don't use it.