THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE WELCOME NOTES. I HAVE A QUESTION. HOW LONG SHOULD A BRISKET BE SMOKED? JUST A FEW HRS. OR THE ENTIRE COOKING TIME? I HAVE A 5.5 lb BRISKET ON NOW.IT'S BEEN ON ABOUT 1 1/2 HOURS.
I've never over smoked anything(that I can remember anyway), but I've heard that you have to watch mesquite as it can make the meat bitter. On my bullet all I could get locally was hickory(from groc store). Now I use mesquite and pecan pellets all the time in the traeger.
I think your idea should work fine, mesquite at first then hickory later.
i use usually oak and mesquite. sometimes i use oak and pecan. i have used all pecan, all oak, and all mesquite too. i really like the taste (and smell) of mesquite. i smoke the whole cook most of the time.
post oak and mesquite are available everywhere here, just about. i got some live oak from my bro (seasoned wood). i have 3 pecan trees in my yard i get wood from. plus, the lady behind me (same landlord) has some pecan trees i get wood from. then there is the house across the street from me, i get pecan from two of her 4 trees. marvin (msmith) wanted to cut down two of her trees, hehe.
Yes I did want to cut down a couple of them trees but thought I better behave my self lol. I see a lot of folks like using mesquite wood my preference is pecan wood. I have some mesquite but wont burn it in my smoker not that I have anything really against it. The real reason I dont use it is because my neighbor next door to me eats a lot of meat off my smoker and she is allergic to mesquite, I dont want to take a chance of getting her sick. She has a lot of health problems already and everytime I cook I will take her a plate over. So I would rather be save than sorry, Its kinda nice to have such a good neighbor as she is.
Was Only My Second Brisket And It Was Much Better Than The First. I Think A Couple More Times And I Might Reach Perfection. Only Smoked It About 6 Hrs. Finished It. Wrapped It In Foil For Awhile.it Was Good. I'm Going Finish The Leftovers Tonight.
Good job CAMOCOOK! Job well done! I will say this though, you will never "perfect" it. You'll always be looking to try something different to try to take it up a notch. You won't do as many as you did during the perfection, but each time you will add/take something out of the rub, foil/no foil, lower/higher temp....etc. Once I had mine "perfect" for us, I started try'n different things, THAT is when it gets fun.
Hold your head high and be proud of what you did, cause you did great. But next time it WILL be even better.