Johnny Bravo 69
Hi everyone
The family and I just had a beach bbq on the hibachi and cooked mixed skewers of chicken, steak, bacon, pineapple, onion and mushroom. I soaked the wood skewers for roughly 15 minutes beforehand and only seasoned with a bit of olive oil, steak spice, and bbq sauce. 

When cooked, the chicken and beef had a nasty mushy texture and we can’t figure out why. Ruined the meal and evening. 

Any ideas why the meat turned out so horribly???

Thanks

JB69
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Peter

Johnny: Did you marinate in any citrus for an extended period of time? The pineapple nearby could have been the culprit; a stretch but might play into it. Pineapple has a tenderizing effect turning the meat mushy. . .Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme from the flesh and stem of the pineapple. 

The fire could have been too low as well.

Peter

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rayb
Peter probably quickly solve this problem by fingering pineapple as the culprit. We had a package for very tough steaks. We cooked them one at a time, time trying different methods trying to make them tender. Three of them went into the trashcan. Then I watched the YouTube video that used crushed pineapple as a tenderizer and the last one turned out almost too tender. Pineapple is a very powerful tenderizer that works very quick.

Ray

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Johnny Bravo 69
Thanks guys. I believe you’re right. 

Learned this lesson the hard way. 

Cheers

JB69
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Jackitup
It happens with RAW pineapple, not so much with canned pineapple. The canning and or cooking or pineapple destroys/inactivates the bromelain in most cases!
Jon
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