I've found one know-it-all on another site talking about how mesquite is too strong to allow to smolder in a drum. Other than that, I don't come across any mention of mesquite in a UDS.
Anybody have any input on this?
I stumbled across a workable way to use mesquite in a drum. One of my coworkers gave me a bag of mesquite chips somebody had given her. She was happy to share, so I didn't tell her I don't use chips. After moving the bag a few times to get it out of the way, it occurred to me that maybe the small amount of wood involved might keep it from being overpowering, and the smoldering fire would allow the wood to smoke, not just burn.
I just mixed a bunch of the chips in with the lump in my basket and lit it as usual. I was very happy with the results. I never noticed the overwhelming odor of too much mesquite, and the brisket was great! I have oversmoked with mesquite before, and don't want to have that experience again. The chips worked out great. The smoke flavor was there, but not overwhelming.
If I happen on mesquite chips on sale, I'll grab some. Give it a try if you've got a drum. The best of both worlds--mesquite flavoring and the hands-off operation of the drum. Perfect combination, in my book.