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Old 05-20-2019, 07:36 PM   #1
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Question Can You Really Taste the Difference?

About to throw some steaks on the grill and got to thinking. Is there any difference on the taste of the meat whether you use oak, hickory, pecan, mesquite, or even plain ole charcoal?
I would bet not.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:37 PM   #2
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Taste the meat not the heat #hankhill
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:37 PM   #3
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Grilled no, smoked yes.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:39 PM   #4
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Just cooked some steaks also. On gas.

They were superb. As where the fresh picked squash and dug new potatoes that also got cooked on the grill.

Wifes baked beans not half bad either. Think I'll make another whasky and hibernate

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Old 05-20-2019, 07:43 PM   #6
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No doubt can taste mesquite in a steak
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:46 PM   #7
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If you have decent taste buds YES, you can absolutely taste the difference.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:46 PM   #8
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Definitely a difference between oak and mesquite on bbq. Steak, idk. All I ever use is gas at home and mesquite at the ranch.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:58 PM   #9
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If wood is well seasoned and not green and cooked over coals it would be difficult to tell. On a smoker or barbecue where long term smoke contact is made a person with a delicate palate may be able to tell.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:01 PM   #10
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taste the meat not the heat
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:08 PM   #11
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The difference between gas and charcoal of all types is taste. I do not like gas-grilled meats, never have.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:16 PM   #12
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taste the meat not the heat
And remember “ the heat of the meat, is proportional to the angle of the dangle “

IMO mesquite is a higher temperature burning coal And sears high end steaks and fajitas to maximum flavor

Oak for cheap longer cooking cuts

Hackberry or walmanized yellow pine seems to be flavor of choice EAST of the Brazos River

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:18 PM   #13
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I’ll typically smoke a 1.5” steak with mesquite until it reaches 120, then let rest for 20 min. Get the cast iron skillet hot and sear for 1 min on each side. Smoke brings any type of protein to the next level.
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Always mesquite for grilled meats. It's a Texas thang.

Smoking bbq they can all produce similar results.

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:21 PM   #15
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Absolutely grilled and smoked I can taste the difference in woods.....

Smoked on all easily..

Grilled with mesquite, oak and pecan easily me although I rarely grill with pecan since its not as readily available to me as the others. Save it for the smoker. Mesquite is the preferred on the grill though...by far..

Mesquite is the easiest of them all to distinguish.




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Old 05-20-2019, 08:22 PM   #16
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No doubt can taste mesquite in a steak
Agree a 100%. If itís not a bed of mesquite coals it will over power the meat in a hurry. I like a hint of mesquite but cannot stand it if thatís all you taste.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:26 PM   #17
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Just cooked some steaks also. On gas.

They were superb. As where the fresh picked squash and dug new potatoes that also got cooked on the grill.


I agree. For quick easy cooks during the week on a well season grill, gas is good enough for us. I use wood on the weekends when I have more time to burn down some coals.








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Old 05-20-2019, 08:27 PM   #18
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If you have decent taste buds YES, you can absolutely taste the difference.
Yup.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:33 PM   #19
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I agree. For quick easy cooks during the week on a well season grill, gas is good enough for us. I use wood on the weekends when I have more to burn down some coals.
Yes.

After work, shooting practice etc I ain't got time for coals.


The perfect steak cook for me is light the fire pit around 4. Have adult refreshments till about 630 or 7. Shovel coals from big fire pit to steak cooker. Cook steak. Eat steak.


Return to fire pit with more refreshments and a toothpick to tell lies and throw dishes in the fire

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:37 PM   #20
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:45 PM   #21
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Mequite for sure. Plus it gives me a pounding headache almost instantly. No idea why but always does
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:05 PM   #22
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Put me in the same camp as BoB and Smart. Mesquite for steaks. Pecan, Hickory and oak (in that order) for BBQ. I can also go with charcoal for steaks in a pinch. And yes, there is a difference.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:08 PM   #23
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Mequite for sure. Plus it gives me a pounding headache almost instantly. No idea why but always does
I thought I was just weird. I hate mesquite smoked or grilled. It makes me nauseous.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:09 PM   #24
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Put me in the same camp as BoB and Smart. Mesquite for steaks. Pecan, Hickory and oak (in that order) for BBQ. I can also go with charcoal for steaks in a pinch. And yes, there is a difference.
I agree

Although sometimes I do mostly oak with a little mesquite for BBQ chicken.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:12 PM   #25
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I like them all except charcoal. Most certainly can taste difference in each.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:12 PM   #26
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I agree

Although sometimes I do mostly oak with a little mesquite for BBQ chicken.
Didn't think about chicken. I agree 100%.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:16 PM   #27
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I told my wife to taste the meat and not the heat once.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:19 PM   #28
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Yes, there is definitely a difference in the flavor, depending on what wood you use. There is some wood you do not use, no matter what. Then some that will make any meat taste great.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:24 PM   #29
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I'm pretty much charcoal only at home. Gas grill hasn't been used in years. However if I have access to wood at the ranch coals are preferred. Mesquite isn't my first choice but is okay. Pecan, hickory and oak before mesquite.
I prefer applewood for smoking meat.

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Old 05-20-2019, 11:08 PM   #30
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I had a 50 foot tall pecan tree fall on my house, and I guess people around San Antonio don’t like pecan wood because I couldn’t even give it away, finally had to hire someone to haul it all away, a whole 18 wheeler loaded down and another one full of ground up stuff
What a waste
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:17 PM   #31
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I had a 50 foot tall pecan tree fall on my house, and I guess people around San Antonio donít like pecan wood because I couldnít even give it away, finally had to hire someone to haul it all away, a whole 18 wheeler loaded down and another one full of ground up stuff
What a waste



People love pecan wood when it cut and split for them.. Its the work they don't like..
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:28 PM   #32
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People love pecan wood when it cut and split for them.. Its the work they don't like..
It was nice and cut up and stacked just not all split
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:35 PM   #33
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Cooked up some steaks today, used one large piece of post oak and small chunks of mesquite to grill. I could absolutely tell the difference between most woods and charcoal grilled meats.
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I prefer hickory above all.. also, if you aren't using a chimney like this (below) to start you charcoal, youre missing out. white hot coals in 15 mins and ZERO lighter fluid needed.. I bought a bag of matchlight for my FIL yesterday and all I could smell was lighter fluid.
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Yes you can taste the difference, if you do not think you can taste the difference in the wood you are cooking with, try cooking using cedar.

Story: we had a pile of pecan, oak and mesquite at the lease. Another lease member went up one weekend with some fiends and had one heck of a bonfire with the pile and of course wood. We arrive with steaks to prepare to find out the wood was gone. We thought oh there is some cedar, we will just use that. We ended up throwing the steaks away and driving into town to eat one hour each way.
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If you have decent taste buds YES, you can absolutely taste the difference.
and too many BUDS mean no taste at all LOL
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:45 AM   #37
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I prefer hickory above all.. also, if you aren't using a chimney like this (below) to start you charcoal, youre missing out. white hot coals in 15 mins and ZERO lighter fluid needed.. I bought a bag of matchlight for my FIL yesterday and all I could smell was lighter fluid.
Thought about buying one for a while just never think of it until I'm cooking.

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Correct.....then add tge mesquite.

Flame grilled steak to mediun rare.

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I prefer hickory above all.. also, if you aren't using a chimney like this (below)...
Look up Alton Brown cooking a steak with just a chimney starter. Works great.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:07 AM   #40
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With lots of the charcoal, I can taste chemical. With my last stick smoker, I could taste creosote in the brisket. Much less if I wrapped the meat after 4 hrs. or so. I couldn't seal that smoker up so temps were too hot with mesquite, but I liked the meat taste better. I like gas for the convenience for grilling.
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I had a 50 foot tall pecan tree fall on my house, and I guess people around San Antonio donít like pecan wood because I couldnít even give it away, finally had to hire someone to haul it all away, a whole 18 wheeler loaded down and another one full of ground up stuff
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It was nice and cut up and stacked just not all split
You needed a big sign that said "Pecan fire wood for sale"

If nothing else they would have stolen it during the night.
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I thought I was just weird. I hate mesquite smoked or grilled. It makes me nauseous.
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Mequite for sure. Plus it gives me a pounding headache almost instantly. No idea why but always does
Mesquite gives me indigestion for some reason. Other woods don't.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:31 AM   #43
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IDK how strong yalls taste buds are to be able to smell odorless lighter fluid, but if you wait long enough after using it, the fluid burns away completely.


I prefer the B&B real lump wood charcoal. It burns real hot and lights rather quickly. My dad used one of those chimney starters for as long as i can remember and it works great with just putting some news paper under it to light it. And every now and then if i'm feeling lazy, i will use the small pear burner to get it good and hot in not time flat.
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LMAO. Ainít that the truth.


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I can tell the difference between oak, pecan, hickory, and mesquite. Prefer any of them to gas, charcoal, or electric smoker, but not as convenient.

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I too must admit that as I get older I prefer the convenience of a gas grill alot. Needing to eat healthy and low fat has alot to do with it.

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Old 05-21-2019, 10:02 AM   #47
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I can tell the difference in mesquite, the rest is just smoke....as long as we aren't using pine/ceder/etc.
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Hickory gives steak a wonderful taste....that's why they cook with wood.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:32 AM   #49
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I agree. You can definitely taste the difference when steaks are grilled over mesquite coals.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:40 AM   #50
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So, most here are saying they can tell the difference on what a steak is cooked over, even if it's on the grill for just a couple of minutes. I'm not talking about smoking, but grillin, where the meat is on for only a short time.
Looks like we need to do a taste test experiment!!!
Cuz I just don't see yall being able to pick out which is which.
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