Post Oak is one of the preferred woods for smoking beef brisket in Central Texas and has become synonymous with Central Texas barbecue. Post Oak wood is in the white oak wood group mostly found in the eastern United States and as far west as central Texas. The name Post Oak is likely derived from its use as fence posts due to its nature as a hard wood with decay and rot resistant characteristics.
Most people outside of Texas may think of mesquite, hickory, or pecan when they think of the standard BBQ smoking woods but if you leave out post oak wood, you’re leaving out Central Texas barbecue.
Texas BBQ brisket properly smoked over post oak is one of the finest indulgences known to man, Texan or not!