Mesquite Wood

Mesquite Wood

Mesquite wood is closely related to Texas BBQ, and a popular hardwood to many industries. It is either native or introduced to much of the U.S. The wood burns hot and produces a strongly flavored smoke that is often paired with another wood. When used in barbecue it is more of a flavoring wood than a main smoking wood. Types of foods that go well with mesquite: Beef and pork – the smoke is too strong to be used with poultry and seafood, although if it is used in conjunction with another wood mesquite does give other foods a very delicious flavor. Mesquite Classifications and Types The mesquite tree is in the legume family (Prosopis genus). Its flowers attract honey bees which in turn make a very fragrant and unique tasting honey. The protein and carbohydrate-rich bean pods produced by the mesquite trees are used by animals and humans as a food source. The mesquite tree is very drought tolerant with deep taproots that go extend far below the ground in search of water. It is a common tree in the Southwest. The mesquite tree improves the nitrogen in the soil and produces a showy foliage. The limbs provide shelter to wild animals. It produces a beautiful and decorative hardwood for woodworkers and furniture makers. But despite all of its positives, mesquite can be hard to control once established. According to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, most varieties of mesquite are an invasive species or a noxious weed. Honey Mesquite – Prosopis glandulosa The honey mesquite is also known as the Western honey mesquite. It is a thorny, brushy tree with sweet seedpods liked by livestock. The yellow flowers, that bloom from February...
BBQ and Smoking Woods

BBQ and Smoking Woods

Almond Almond wood produces a mild, sweet smoke. The smoke as well as the ash is very light. Apple Apple wood is a popular wood for smoking with the sweet and subtle flavor it gives food. While it is mild, it is the strongest of all the fruit woods making it stand up to red meats. Avocado Avocado wood produces a mild to medium smoke, depending on the tree (not variety of avocado). The flavor is suited for red meats, but poultry also works with this wood. Cherry Cherry wood is a sweet, fruity wood. The smoke is light to medium with smoky notes. The smoke will turn light colored meats (especially poultry) darker, or even a tinge of red. Grapefruit Grapefruit wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Hickory Hickory is the most commonly used hardwood for BBQ and smoking. It is often called the ‘King’ of BBQ wood. Hickory is closely related to Oklahoma, Eastern North Carolina, and Texas BBQ. Lemon Lemon wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Lime Lime wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Mesquite Mesquite wood burns hot and produces a strongly flavored smoke that is often paired with another wood.   Oak Oak is a hardwood, and is the second most popular type of wood for smoking. Oak has a medium to heavy smoke flavor. Since the smoke isn’t overpowering, and depending on the type of...
Avocado Wood

Avocado Wood

Avocado wood produces a mild to medium smoke, depending on the tree (not variety of avocado). The flavor is suited for red meats, but poultry also works with this wood. Type of foods that go well with avocado wood: Beef – whole roasts Pork – whole roasts Poultry – whole birds Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company.   All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Olive Wood

Olive Wood

Olive wood has a unique flavor, somewhat reminiscent to mesquite only milder. Appropriate for both grilling and smoking. Type of foods that go well with olive wood: Beef – thick steaks, roasts Pork – Ribs Lamb Poultry – chicken, but is also good with game birds Any meat that will be served with a spicy sauce, or anything with a Middle-Eastern or Mediterranean marinade, brine, or rub. Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Citrus Wood

Citrus Wood

Citrus wood produces a medium smoke with a citrusy-smoky flavor. If the wood is to be cooked on, the coals burn hot. Any citrus is interchangeable: orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, key limes, grapefruit, Minneola. Type of foods that go well with citrus wood: Pork Poultry – including all game birds Beef Seafood Renee Shelton’s love for tri tip almost surpasses her love for cake. When she’s not tasting BBQ, she can be found at Pastry Sampler. Photo by Executive Chef John Shelton. You can find him sharing his fishing adventures at Dana Point Fish Company. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...