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    Mesquite logs

    Has anyone used mesquite logs in stick burner? Mesquite is quite cheap in Texas but I've never used it in chunks. I always stayed away from it due to horror stories.

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    Ernest Mesquite wood good smoking wood but it has a stronger smoke flavor. You might want to try a sample before getting a lot of it.

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    • Ernest
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      I got 40 pounds for $12 for experimenting

    #3
    I dont know anything about mesquite logs, but the chunks I use on my charcoal can be kinda strong...

    I had an idea, are there any fruit growers/farmers around your area??? They are always replacing trees... just an idea.

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    • Ernest
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      Yeah I'm looking into a few tree services.

    • DWCowles
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      Ernest be careful with tree services bc they will tell you it's a fruit tree when it might be something else

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    Look for post oak.

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      #5
      If you burn mesquite in a stickburner with a hot burn it'll probably be pretty good. The trouble is smoldering mesquite as chunks on charcoal.
      Last edited by Huskee; August 31, 2015, 05:11 PM. Reason: typo

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      • Ernest
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        I just had mesquite Chicken. Let's just say bones were crushed. It was GUUD!

      #6
      only thing I have used is mesquite charcoal and it burns hot and fast pops and snorts a lot also but cooks real good in a Santa Maria style grill

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        #7
        Mesquite chunks did well for my first meatloaf.

        I got a BUNCH of post oak, split and going to be split.

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          #8
          DWCowles those and Craigslist folks can't be trusted. I did get a somewhat good source for the time being. Until I get a saw or something.
          Hickory

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            #9
            I got a small electric chainsaw that worked well for mesquite but got crushed by hickory.
            Chain got derailed, I got pissed off and left the thing in the backyard.

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            • DWCowles
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              Ernest you need to invest in a Stihl chainsaw. Those electric saws are design to cut small tree limbs

            • Ernest
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              Baby steps DWCowles LOL!

            • (brownie)
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              Any kind of chainsaw is a PITA, imo! Dial back the bar oil as much as possible as it really stinks.

            #10
            I like mesquite , I can't see it being bad just don't choke the fire

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            • Ernest
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              I can't choke the fire even if I wanted to on this KBQ.

            • grantw
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              You would be surprised, I have seen people go great lengths to do strange things. Haha

            #11
            When I want smoke flavor on a steak, mesquite is my go-to wood. It'll put down a lot of smoky flavor in a hurry, and, to me anyways, it goes together with beef like peas go with carrots. That said, it's without question the strongest smoke of any hardwood I've ever used, and it burns quite a bit hotter than the other typical smoking woods to produce "clean" smoke, so keep that in mind if you use it straight up in a stickburner. I've never used pure mesquite before. I usually add a small amount whenever I cook beef for a little extra kick, but I emphasize small, and typically the earliest part of the cook. Feel free to give it a try. Just use less wood than you typically would since you need it to burner hotter than one of the other typical smoke woods.

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              #12
              I have always stayed away from Mesquite too. I have used fit a few times, but I had a bad experience on time. The smoke flavor was so overpowering. However, that was when my BBQ knowledge was in its infancy. So maybe I will give it another go sometime.

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                #13
                Stevehtn I did a chicken cook with all mesquite. It does indeed run hotter. The KBQ max temp shows 320 but it ran 343.
                It will be a staple, the chicken was GUUD!!

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                • smarkley
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                  hahahaha I bet it was! >>> the chicken was GUUD!!

                #14
                Mesquite is great on beef and chicken, just don't let it smolder, and make sure it is seasoned well.

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                  Originally posted by Ernest View Post
                  Has anyone used mesquite logs in stick burner? Mesquite is quite cheap in Texas but I've never used it in chunks. I always stayed away from it due to horror stories.

                  I used Mesquite in my KBQ... I love it for beef... It's just really pricy here (Illinois) so I use Oak mostly with a little cherry mixed in for beef.

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