Mmmmm. Rotted willow smoke!
It is Thanksgiving, and I am giving thanks.
At one time I planted several hundred willows.
These willows grew tall.
And they gave me lovely dappled garden shade.
This made for a very nice garden to work in!
Now, due to a shift in climate, all but a few are dead. In any case, when climate change gives you lemons …
Push over and dig up a few willow roots.
In it’s own way, a dead willow is still a treasure.
When you dig up a dead willow root, you get an amazing thing, Rotted willow root!
With some coals and a few scraps of willow root you can make the best smoked turkey in existence.
I don’t use petroleum to start my coals. The smell is horrid, and the taste is worse. Great barbeque does not start with petroleum distillates.
I like to use a starter tower. Since the handle broke on my old one, I quickly turned a new cedar handle. Nothing fancy, but better than the original.
In the foreground you can see a bunch of willow root chips. These will crumble about like weak cork.
I have lots of oak and it smokes really well. I have used hickory, and pecan and both of them do well too. I have mesquite growing in my yard, and prefer it to oak, hickory and pecan. But as long as I have rotted willow root, I have no interest in any other wood for smoking turkey, fish, lamb or whatever. Willow root makes for some yummy turkey.