Crabapple Wood For Smoking

by phil schade
(cleveland, oh)

Anyone ever used crabapple wood for smoking? I have several small logs from a crabapple tree.


I've never used crabapple but I've heard of other's who've used it and they have been perfectly satisfied with the results. The flavor is very similar to apple.

Almost any fruit wood or nut bearing wood is ideal for smoking although I would avoid using walnut.

All these woods would be described a hard wood. It's really the soft woods that are not good ie. pine or any coniferous tree because that they tend to be resinous and that resin gets into the smoke.

Crabapple is a fruit tree and generally speaking I like fruit tree wood for smoker fuel. Some say that the smoke intensity of a fruit tree is slightly less than say Hickory but I find fruit wood to be really great over a long cookout.

A couple of general points about wood chips:-
  1. If there is any bitter taste it will be in the bark so make sure that there are no bits of bark in your wood chips
  2. Other hardwoods to avoid are Horse Chestnut and Birch

Give your crab-apple a whirl and let us all know what you think.

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Mar 27, 2021
other uses for crabapple wood
by: rick

i make my own artisanal rum and am experimenting with various woods. as per a down-under micro distillers blog, two surprisingly good woods for aging are cherry and crabapple, so i currently have some aging and should be ready to proof down in a few months

Aug 31, 2019
Crabapple smoked wings
by: Phil

I just grilled some chicken wings with cranapple limbs soaked in water. Turned out delicious!

Jul 23, 2019
crabapple bbq
by: Anonymous

I lop off a couple of 1" branches de-bark them and cut them into 4 to 6" lengths - burn them green - good smoke, nice fragrance.

Mar 17, 2018
Crab apple wood for smoking
by: Bill Davis

Don, I'm going to be smoking a couple of pork butts in a couple of weeks using the crab apple wood given to me. I'll let you know how it works out. As always with any fruit wood, remove the bark.

Mar 03, 2018
Crab Apple for Smoking
by: Don

I cut down a crab apple tree in my yard last year and have been letting the wood dry. I am going to use it for smoking. I have used apple many times and love it for smoking. Does anyone have experience with this?

Sep 30, 2017
Crabapple for smoking
by: Bill Davis

I have used a number of different fruit woods for smoking,(Pear, Mulberry,apple, cherry). I won't use cherry again. I didn't like what it did to my smoker. It left a creosote like residue. Anyway, A friend just gave me a full cord of crabapple and I'm excited to see how it works out as compared to apple, (my personal favorite).

Paul says:
Please let us know how you get on Bill.

Nov 29, 2010
Crab Apple Wood
by: JWSquared

Crab apples are just a variety of apple, the defining difference is in the size of the fruit. Crab apple wood is thus no different from apple wood.

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