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Old 04-25-2007, 05:01 PM   #1
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Question about liquid smoke

I wanted to try and experiment and make a BBQ sauce and while at the store noticed there are 4 flavors of liquid smoke Mesquite, Hickory, Pecan and Apple what's the difference? I altways thought mesquite and hickory were pretty much the same? I guess what I'm looking for is to find out what the flavor differences are between them HELP!

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Old 04-25-2007, 05:09 PM   #2
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I don't know..but I always use the Hickory and like that..
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Each type of wood produces it's own unique smoke flavors. I'm told that fruit woods(a sweeter flavor?) make very nice smoke. And Mesquite is very good too.
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When did this happen???......*LOL*....I've only known the one, single brand of LS.....

I think the normal one is Hickory....Mesquite is a lot different....hard to tell you how the taste differs, sorry....But I know it's THE wood if you're in Texas or the Southwest.....I Had a LOT of mesquite-grilled meat when I lived in Texas....Delicious, I know THAT!

Pecan wood chips are used a lot here in the South for adding to BBQ coals, but I've never noticed any pronounced nutty flavor....

You may just have to google them to see what the Net commentary is.....

Not much help, I know......
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:28 PM   #5
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I've never seen the apple or pecan here or I would have tried them. Hickory is traditional and always good. The problem with mesquite is that it can get bitter so add only a little bit at a time. Even the hickory can get overpowering if used with a heavy hand.

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Old 04-25-2007, 08:21 PM   #6
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Thanks guys heh heh I almost bought them all, and may just do that to see which one I like best because I have absolutely no idea!


...although I never cared for the "sweeter" BBQ sauces. I always liked the more tangy savory and spicier ones...

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I've only seen hickoey myself.

Just an FYI - at Super Walmart, liquid smoke is 83 cents. At major sumpermarkets, I've seen it from $1.99 to $2.99 per bottle.
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Ok well my favorite BBQ sauces have always been Robinson's, Famous Dave's or good old Open Pit (the original) so which flavor do you think I would go with to copy that?
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Ok well my favorite BBQ sauces have always been Robinson's, Famous Dave's or good old Open Pit (the original) so which flavor do you think I would go with to copy that?
I'm pretty sure that Open Pit would be hickory. I grew up eating Open Pit on barbecued chicken.
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If I had the chance, I'd buy them all and sample and see how they differ!

I can get hickory and mesquite liquid smokes around here. I pretty much use them interchangeably and can't say I notice any big difference in the BBQ sauce or hot wings sauce I make.
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