Returning from the lull, I present a product review of Colgin Liquid Smoke, the natural mesquite flavor.
Colgin explains that its liquid smoke is made with no additives or preservatives. It's all natural, which is a bonus. It is also vegan and gluten free.
And it is versatile. You can use it in gravies, soups and sauces. It's been known to be used on salads, for dips and to season eggs. I haven't tried any of those. Putting some of those suggestions down on the to do list.
For now, my curiosity was with the "mesquite flavor" claim.
Having had the wonderful benefit of grilling with natural, fresh cut and dried mesquite, I can appreciate this product. I have found that grilling with mesquite requires a certain skill and attentiveness. The wood burns fast and very, very hot. I once singed most all the hair off of one of my arms while grilling using mesquite wood. And I was being uber attentive, aware of the power of mesquite.
The liquid smoke smells and looks underwhelming coming out of the bottle. Literally looks like brown water and smells something like diluted Worcestershire sauce.
I have marinated mostly ribs and pork using this product and give it an endorsement. I appreciate that this Colgin's product does two things: it offers a hint of that wonderful smokey flavor that mesquite cooking provides (granted, you have to marinade meat for a while -- like, overnight; vegetables take to the liquid smoke more quickly) and without the worry of burning off your eyelashes.