Mesquite ruined my meat

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by waytoodeep03, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. waytoodeep03

    waytoodeep03 Fire Starter

    Just got done smoking a fattie and a half rack of baby backs. Used a couple of chunks of mesquite throughout. I wanted to try something different from the pecan/hickory that I normally do.

    I cant even eat this food because it is so bitter. I heard that mesquite was punget but not to this extent. Is there any way to salvage this food?
  2. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i would suggest chopping up the fatty and the ribs (after cutting the meat off the bone) and maybe incorporating them (separately or together) into another dish or two.

    the fattie might be great crumbled into a soup or as part of a breakfast casserole. i really enjoy taking leftover meat from ribs and turning them into pork fried rice or something similar.

    if all else fails, there's always chili!
  3. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    not a fan of mesquite at all, really have to be carefull with it.
  4. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mesquite being a very hard wood can be very difficult. Most overuse or do not truly "burn" the wood, but smolder it producing white smoke instead of the thin blue we all chase. I love using mequite with chicken, but only use it in smokers where the wood is burning. Not sure how to salvage what you have other than maybe peeling off the outside layers and see if the middle is edible.
  5. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear about the food.
    I would do as suggested and try it in other dishes,
    Personally I don't care for the flavor of mesquite so I don't use it.
  6. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ahhhh shiiiieeetttttttt

    Mesquite is an advanced wood.

    Wash them off, with the outside washed off the bitter should go away.

    How was your damper set? And your draft?

    Mesquite will make creosote faster than any other wood save green pine.
  7. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    I primarily cook with Mesquite and Pecan only.....

    Was it seasoned? Or Lump mesquite?

    A common mistake is not realizing hot and long mesquite burns, so if you don't keep it hot, or build too big a fire then close the intake to control that heat you will get bitter billowing white smoke.

    If you keep your fire relative to how hot mesquite gets, I think you would enjoy it. I wouldn't write it off just yet.
  8. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I LOVE skeet wood, had a freind haul me some back from Texas a couple years ago, The best beef wood I have ever used. I have won money useing it, plan on useing more, If he ever hauls more back up here for me.
  9. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    I HAVE done the samething with hickory before
  10. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear that Way, hope you can rescue some of your stuff. You got some good advice from the guys above ^^^^^^

    Don't give up on mesquite completely yet, it has a great flavor-profile to add to your meat, it just takes a bit of care.
  11. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I use mesquite when grilling steaks and country style ribs with no lid. If I'm smoking a pork butt I might toss a few small pieces alongside the hickory. Theres some good advice above. ^^^^
  12. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear that. I don't use it either, not a big fan of the taste.
  13. waytoodeep03

    waytoodeep03 Fire Starter

    I had the vent open about mid way yesterday on my smoke n pit but the wind was gusting to 50 mph yesterday in Florida. I bought the mesquite from walmart in that bag they have
  14. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i like mesquite in little doses........maybe ya just used too much of it.
  15. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    I skimmed through this thread to see if anyone else mentioned this, so sorry if I am repeating but I didn't see it above...

    Regarding the fattie, ground meat absorbs smoke MUCH quicker than regular cuts. So that might be why you got the bitter taste.

    With the ribs, hard to say...but I agree with the others, use a little less and keep the draft flowing correctly and you should do better next time.
  16. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The windy day might not have helped very much either. If the wood does not get hot enough to combust fully it will smolder producing billowy white smoke and creasote - both yucky and undesireable.

    I primarily use hickory, but when I do use mesquite I cut back my flavor wood useage by approx 40-50%.
  17. All I can do is offer my condolences. I despise the flavor of mesquite.
    But kudos for trying something new! But next time check in here BEFORE you do it![​IMG]

  18. I am new at smoking, and I bought a bag of mesquite lump that I've not gotten around to using. I don't want to have problems like the original poster.
    What precautions should you use? I have a MES that smolders the wood. Should I just not use the mesquite wood in an electric smoker? is there a thread or article here that will outline the proper way to use it?

    For the original posters question, I like the idea of cutting away the outside of the meat down. I would cut it to where the smoke ring stops. That should hopefully get rid of the bitter taste. I hate throwing away meat.
  19. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    If you are new to mesquite, or have had a bad experience using it, I offer a couple of suggestions. First of all, use smaller pieces, like big chips, instead of chunks. They will catch on fire more easily, stay alight better, and burn more cleanly without smouldering. Being very hard, it also burns longer and hotter than most other woods. On top of that, you might reduce the amount of mesquite you use, maybe going half and half with pecan or oak. I have found that many who don't like the taste of mesquite or find it bitter have eaten food that was overdosed with it. It isn't set-and-forget like say oak or pecan when it comes to smoking with it.

    I've been using it fo a long time and it actually is my primary flavor wood, depending on what I am smoking. I also use oak, hickory and pecan. About 10 miles from me is the town of Medina, the "Apple Capital of Texas" - guess what I'll be looking for there!
  20. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    I like Mesquite on beef especially brisket as the flavor complements beef fairly well. I think that beef and a little bitterness go together like prime rib and horseradish. I personally wouldn't use this on sausage or chicken and limited on pork. But I wouldn't give up on it with a bad experience or two. Just realize that it might be better paired with something else. Good luck.

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