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Smoking instructions for a rookie

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

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?

post #2 of 6

you should be fine. and there should be no reason to soak the wood. id use mesquite chunks.

post #3 of 6

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!

 

Kat

post #4 of 6

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.

post #5 of 6

Smoke it, Maybe you will find the following helpful.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/139474/understanding-smoke-management-updated-5-18-13

 

Tom

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

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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