Mesquite wood generates a very pronounced flavor. It is the most pungent of wood species with its clean, sharp, tangy flavor that really develops on meat, fish, and poultry. The good ol' boys of Texas are notorious for smoking with mesquite wood for a Texas BBQ, but it has developed over the years as the westerner's delight. Today, it is often combined with alder or fruit wood to balance out some of the sharpness, if desired. Mesquite is great to test and try with new recipes as it can often be moderated to get just the taste you like best!