Mesquite Smoked Brisket

Discussion in 'Texas Members' started by smokey tex, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. smokey tex

    smokey tex Fire Starter

    Have any of you ever smoked a brisket primarily with mesquite?  I tried this a couple of days ago and wasn't just thrilled.  It had more of a rustic west Texas flavor which I really like on burgers and sometimes on steak.  But for brisket, it seemed to mask the flavor of the meat a little more than I prefer.  It was still good, but I'm thinking I would have like something like hickory better.  Just wondering if any of you have tried this and, if so, how it all turned out.
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I primarily use mesquite for grilling. For brisket, butts, and chicken it's way too strong for my liking.
  3. smokey tex

    smokey tex Fire Starter

    Makes sense as, with grilling, the smoke exposure is considerably less.  I like it with burgers or steak when I am shooting for a more rustic west Texas flavor.  But it's really easy to overdo otherwise.  Thanks for your input!
  4. I like Pecan, Apple or cherry.  I want to try maple...

    Your right, Mesquite is strong. 

    Better on a shorter smoke.  Briskets are too long for it.  I have had some that were jet black and had bitter after tones
  5. double rr

    double rr Fire Starter

    i like mesquite ok but you can not restrict the smoke dirty smoke will give it a bite but clean smoke will give a nice bold smoke
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017

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