Hey guys, I am new to the forums and new to smoking. I have a Traeger tex elite that I have been using over the summer. It's my first experience with anything other than a gas grill. So far I've enjoyed the tenderness of the meats we've cooked. I've experimented with our favorite (tri tip), beef burgers and I've also smoked several pork tenderloins.
My question seems odd, but I've experienced it enough times that I don't think I am crazy. I've noticed that on a couple occasions I've ended up with meat that has the texture and taste of ham. One particular instance may have been my fault cuz I tried to make a teriyaki style tri tip which was soaked in a teriyaki/pineapple juice marinade for a night before I smoked it. But then last night I grilled burgers and a couple tasted sort of like ham.
I've been using alder, mesquite, hickory and the new Traeger gourmet pellets (not all at once - just one flavor in the hopper at a time). Could it be the type of pellets I'm using or is smoking for too long causing the ham texture/taste?