We had a welcome home party for Humpty this weekend as he rejoined his friends after a 6 week sabbatical over the home of RhumAndJerk.
What a guy. When I came to pick up the Egg, I was treated to some World Class fajitas and a couple bottles of Tequiza left over from Mike's Cinco de Mayo party. Life is good.[p]It was great to have Humpty back and I had picked up some filets for the occasion. Mike was also kind enough to give me a sample of the mesquite lump he had just acquired. Man does this stuff ever burn hot!! Using a load equivalent to about 2/3 the capacity of the firebox, I had well over 1000* about 20 minutes after lighting the starter cube. The sparks flying out of the chimney gave me an early taste of July 4th fireworks.[p]I used a mustard rub and Char Crust roasted garlic peppercorn (our favorite) on these 1 1/2 inch thick beauties. Shooting for medium rare, 2 minutes per side and then a 6 minute "dwell" yielded a pair of overcooked steaks. They were medium well to well with scarcely any pink on the inside. Although still tasty, they were far too well done for my liking and the wife in particular was not pleased. I guess I should have known that something was strange when the dome temp of the Egg was still 750* at the end of the dwell period.[p]Don't get me wrong, I like the the flavor that this stuff infuses into the meat during grilling. Mesquite lump is a very different animal than hardwood and will take some getting used to.[p]K~G[p]