Smoking instructions for a rookie

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by smoke it, May 16, 2013.

  1. I've been using 100% royal oak lump charcoal in my previous smokes and I've been very satisfied with most of my results. I'm now interested in trying mesquite for a brisquet. If I throw some small bits of mesquite on top of the royal oak will I be in good shape?  Do I need to soak the mesquite wood chips before throwing them in?
  2. you should be fine. and there should be no reason to soak the wood. id use mesquite chunks.
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That wood can be a bit harsh if you are not used to it...try a little and then use more on another smoke.  Doesn't hurt to experiment!

  4. yeh i shoulda said that before, but kat gotcha...i like to use mesquite but i cut it with a fruit wood or something. i was raised on mesquite everything but my family tends to think it can be a bit overpowering.
  5. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  6. Thanks for all the advice. I smoked my brisket for 7 hours with Royal Oak and threw on some hickory chunks for the remaining 4 hours. It was delicious!!! THe hickory flavor was perfect and is a new favorite going forward.

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