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    John Setzler got a reaction from Rob_grill_apprentice in Dalstrong Knives - Shogun Series   
    I was recently fortunate enough to get my hands on some of the Shogun series knives form Dalstrong.... (http://www.dalstrong.com)
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    These things are amazing... the packaging was impressive as well... I think I have found "MY" knives now... we'll see how these pan out over the next few weeks using them in my Man Cave kitchen... I have given the two chef's knives a workout already and I am perfectly happy with them...
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Lydia in READ ME! Please Introduce Yourself!   
    Greetings and welcome to Kamado Guru! Please take a moment here to introduce yourself to the forum. Tell us anything you would like us to know about you including what type of Kamado oven you have or hope to buy! Please don't forget to update your profile information through the User Control Panel!
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Rob_grill_apprentice in Dalstrong Knives - Shogun Series   
    I was recently fortunate enough to get my hands on some of the Shogun series knives form Dalstrong.... (http://www.dalstrong.com)
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    These things are amazing... the packaging was impressive as well... I think I have found "MY" knives now... we'll see how these pan out over the next few weeks using them in my Man Cave kitchen... I have given the two chef's knives a workout already and I am perfectly happy with them...
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Rob_grill_apprentice in Dalstrong Knives - Shogun Series   
    I was recently fortunate enough to get my hands on some of the Shogun series knives form Dalstrong.... (http://www.dalstrong.com)
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    These things are amazing... the packaging was impressive as well... I think I have found "MY" knives now... we'll see how these pan out over the next few weeks using them in my Man Cave kitchen... I have given the two chef's knives a workout already and I am perfectly happy with them...
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Kris in Chicken Cheat Sheet   
    I have attached a file I created for use on Facebook called the Kamado Joe Chicken Cheat Sheet.  This is just some basic useful information about cooking chicken!
     
    KJ Cheat Sheet - Chicken.pdf
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    John Setzler got a reaction from wstingl in Bourbon Honey Citrus Smoked Salmon   
    Smoked Salmon is a show stopper on any dinner table when it's perfectly cooked.  In this video, I decided to smoke a 1 3/4 pound filet.  I also wanted to brine and glaze it so I started looking around for ideas.  I also wanted to incorporate some Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey into the recipe.  The recipe I used in this video is based on one I found in the book "Slow Fire" by Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe.   Brine:   3/4 cup cold water 1/4 cup Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey 2 tbsp kosher salt 1 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon   Marinate a 1.5 to 2 pound filet in this brine for one hour while your grill is warming up to 250 degrees.   When the brine is complete, drain the brine and pat the fish dry.  Dust both sides with paprika and put it on the smoker at 250 degrees with your choice of medium to light intensity smoking wood (I used apple.)     Mix up your glaze:   3 tbsp honey 1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice zest of one orange 1 teaspoon Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey   When the fish is about ready (30 minutes or so), brush the glaze on the top of the salmon and remove it from the grill....   Dig in!  
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Marty in Why would anyone buy a kamado Joe branded kamado?   
    BMW or Ford?  Thermapen or Taylor?  Komodo Kamado or Weber kettle?  
     
    You can get the job done at whatever price point you want to pick.  If you can cook, the tools you have to do it with are less important.  If you want it to be a hobby and something enjoyable, you should buy tools that will make you happy in the process.  
     
    I won't get into the debate of one grill brand vs another because its a pointless debate.  Buy whatever makes you happy.  You don't need outside support to justify your purchase.  
     
    In my opinion, $500 difference in one kamado or another is irrelevant.  You are going to spend a TON more money on other stuff you don't need to go along with it anyway   Probably more than the cost of the kamado after all is said and done.
     
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    John Setzler reacted to CentralTexBBQ in Replacement Wire Mesh Gasket Install Journal   
    So, phase two is about done. Phase one the prep: phase two the bottom gasket. I'm going to let it sit for about an hour or so.
     

     
    Only beading a little Permatex at a time. No reason why necessarily.
     

     

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    John Setzler got a reaction from CentralTexBBQ in Replacement Wire Mesh Gasket Install Journal   
    I'll give you a tip... go to an auto parts store and get a tube of the Permatex copper and use a thin bead of that long with the existing adhesive to stick those down.
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Red River Smoke in Drunken Pineapple a la Mode   
    Based on the Pitmaster X video and recipe I posted in this section earlier called "Grilled Pineapple," I have re-made this recipe with a couple changes...
     
    Drunken Pineapple a la Mode
     
    Ingredients:
     
    1 fresh pineapple, cored and sliced
    About 1/2 cup Gran Marnier
    5 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    Ice cream to top
     
    Directions:
     
    Combine the marinade ingredients and pour over pineapple slices and let marinate in the refrigerator for up to an hour.  Remove the slices, reserving the leftover marinade, and grill over direct heat for 1.5 to 2 minutes per side, basting with the reserved marinade as you cook.
     
    Stack two slices of the grilled pineapple and top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream
     
    Yum!
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    John Setzler got a reaction from MasterBaster in Which pizza stone do you use?   
    I wouldn't necessarily recommend a soapstone for pizza. It won't behave like a pizza stone.  Soapstone is no porous.  
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    John Setzler got a reaction from jasonnd in Kamado Joe - Gasket Replacement   
    Here's my video on Kamado Joe Gasket replacement.  Even though this is a Kamado Joe demo, the process should be the same or very similar for any ceramic kamado grill...
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    John Setzler got a reaction from 12v_dub in Smoke - What You Need to Know   
    I decided to post this video as a sticky in this forum because the questions about SMOKE come up fairly frequently.  I would also love to hear your feedback and discussion of anything I didn't include in this video or other topics that need to be discussed in regards to our application of SMOKE to our cooking....
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Lydia in READ ME! Please Introduce Yourself!   
    Greetings and welcome to Kamado Guru! Please take a moment here to introduce yourself to the forum. Tell us anything you would like us to know about you including what type of Kamado oven you have or hope to buy! Please don't forget to update your profile information through the User Control Panel!
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Lydia in The Big Cook   
    Call me a glutton for punishment... I am getting married on Saturday and I am catering our wedding lunch.  We are having an "I Do BBQ" at noon on Saturday... a short wedding ceremony followed by a BBQ lunch.  We are keeping it as small as possible... about 75 guests... an outdoor covered area.. should be fun overall.   I have 65lbs of boston butt here to make pulled pork.  I'm also serving a homemade coleslaw, bbq baked beans, cornbread, and pickled onions.  I'll have burger buns available for anyone who wants to make a sandwich.. I"m also using homemade rub and a homemade KC style BBQ sauce....
     
    I have never cooked for this many people at once.  The biggest group I have ever cooked for was about 40 or so... about half the size of this crowd.  
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    John Setzler reacted to philpom in Acorn vs The Others   
    I purchased an Akorn I believe in 2012.  Cooked on it almost every day for over a year.  It was great but the ceramic bug never left me.  I made the plunge for a Primo Oval XL.  I could do anything on the Akorn I wanted and even mastered managing the temp.  Now I am several years in on the Primo and I have a good understanding of both.  After my Akorn experience the Primo was like moving from a Datson pickup to a GMC.  The ceramic is a professional grade tool made to last.  It was like it would read my mind with regard to temp.
     
    I have to agree with @John Setzler , the grill is a tool.  You can buy a harbor freight tool that will get the job done and usually just fine but put the same MAC tool in your hand and you can tell the difference.
     
    All that being said, I liked the Akorn but wish I had saved the $300 and went straight for the Primo.  I ended up spending $1900 for my $1600 ceramic.

    You can buy a ceramic with a good track record, good customer service and a lifetime warranty for $600.
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Freddyj in Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets   
    Kamado Joe has introduced charcoal baskets for the Big Joe and Classic Joe grills.  This product will come standard in the Pro Joe.  These baskets are stainless steel construction and they are heaver material than any of the others I have used in the past.  Each size comes with a divider that can fit into the basket in either orientation.  These baskets are also designed to connect to the bottom of the Divide & Conquer rack so you can lift it in and out of the grill with that rack if you like.  
     

     

     

     

     
    These are available from Atlanta Grill Company:
     
    https://atlantagrillcompany.com/
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from mike echo in Acorn vs The Others   
    You can also ask yourself if the Akorn is worth 3x the price of a Weber kettle.  And is a Weber kettle worth 3x the price of a cheap charcoal grill?  
     
    1.  The grill is a tool.
     
    A great cook can cook on any of them with success.  The experiences will be different but the end results won't be for the most part.  Better tools don't typically produce better cooks.  They might produce happier cooks though.  Happiness with the tools you choose is important.  
     
    2.  Some tools work better than others.
     
    If you are passionate about grilling, I'd recommend a better tool for the job.  I am passionate about grilling.  I have been for a long time.  When the time came where I decided I wanted a better tool (the kamado grill) I fell into your same spot.  I had saved my money to buy a ceramic kamado grill.  Right before I was ready to buy it I saw the Akorn at Lowes for $299.  I decided to give it a try because I wasn't sure that I needed to spend the extra 4x I was planning to spend either.
     
    I bought it, put it together, started trying to cook on it.  I had a good time with it.  I immediately found myself looking for fixes and workaround to make it do the things I wanted it to do 'better' that it was capable of doing them out of the box.  Fixes and workarounds were working ok for the most part.  I was able to make the Akorn do everything I wanted it to do.  I put it through it's paces cooking on it almost daily for about six months.  I was still left wanting in the end.
     
    The Akorn was not going to stand the test of time for me.  The finish was burning off on the outside and I was seeing rust,  especially around the removable ash pan on the bottom.  With great care I might have been able to get 2 years use of of the Akorn.  The average owner who grills a lot less than I do might get 4 years out of it before difficult problems set in.
     
    3.  If you are passionate about your project, you should buy the best tools and accessories you can possibly afford.  
     
    I have learned this lesson the hard way on more than one occasion.  I like the 'buy once cry once' mantra here.  When it comes to cooking these days, whether it be on the grill or in my kitchen, I buy tools and accessories that I expect will last me a lifetime.  In a lot of cases, I would have saved money by doing this the first time.
     
     
    If you do choose the Akorn, my advice to you it keep it under a covered area and do not let it get wet.  Mine was kept under an awning and never used out in the rain or left in the rain.  I still had rust issues.  If you buy the akorn, be patient with it.  It is not as air tight as the other ceramic grill options and it is more difficult to control the temperature because of this.  Once you realize that specific pinpoint temps are not a requirement to do ANYTHING in the world of barbecue and grilling, you will find that you can cook successfully on the Akorn.  
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    John Setzler got a reaction from mike echo in Acorn vs The Others   
    You can also ask yourself if the Akorn is worth 3x the price of a Weber kettle.  And is a Weber kettle worth 3x the price of a cheap charcoal grill?  
     
    1.  The grill is a tool.
     
    A great cook can cook on any of them with success.  The experiences will be different but the end results won't be for the most part.  Better tools don't typically produce better cooks.  They might produce happier cooks though.  Happiness with the tools you choose is important.  
     
    2.  Some tools work better than others.
     
    If you are passionate about grilling, I'd recommend a better tool for the job.  I am passionate about grilling.  I have been for a long time.  When the time came where I decided I wanted a better tool (the kamado grill) I fell into your same spot.  I had saved my money to buy a ceramic kamado grill.  Right before I was ready to buy it I saw the Akorn at Lowes for $299.  I decided to give it a try because I wasn't sure that I needed to spend the extra 4x I was planning to spend either.
     
    I bought it, put it together, started trying to cook on it.  I had a good time with it.  I immediately found myself looking for fixes and workaround to make it do the things I wanted it to do 'better' that it was capable of doing them out of the box.  Fixes and workarounds were working ok for the most part.  I was able to make the Akorn do everything I wanted it to do.  I put it through it's paces cooking on it almost daily for about six months.  I was still left wanting in the end.
     
    The Akorn was not going to stand the test of time for me.  The finish was burning off on the outside and I was seeing rust,  especially around the removable ash pan on the bottom.  With great care I might have been able to get 2 years use of of the Akorn.  The average owner who grills a lot less than I do might get 4 years out of it before difficult problems set in.
     
    3.  If you are passionate about your project, you should buy the best tools and accessories you can possibly afford.  
     
    I have learned this lesson the hard way on more than one occasion.  I like the 'buy once cry once' mantra here.  When it comes to cooking these days, whether it be on the grill or in my kitchen, I buy tools and accessories that I expect will last me a lifetime.  In a lot of cases, I would have saved money by doing this the first time.
     
     
    If you do choose the Akorn, my advice to you it keep it under a covered area and do not let it get wet.  Mine was kept under an awning and never used out in the rain or left in the rain.  I still had rust issues.  If you buy the akorn, be patient with it.  It is not as air tight as the other ceramic grill options and it is more difficult to control the temperature because of this.  Once you realize that specific pinpoint temps are not a requirement to do ANYTHING in the world of barbecue and grilling, you will find that you can cook successfully on the Akorn.  
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    John Setzler got a reaction from mike echo in Acorn vs The Others   
    You can also ask yourself if the Akorn is worth 3x the price of a Weber kettle.  And is a Weber kettle worth 3x the price of a cheap charcoal grill?  
     
    1.  The grill is a tool.
     
    A great cook can cook on any of them with success.  The experiences will be different but the end results won't be for the most part.  Better tools don't typically produce better cooks.  They might produce happier cooks though.  Happiness with the tools you choose is important.  
     
    2.  Some tools work better than others.
     
    If you are passionate about grilling, I'd recommend a better tool for the job.  I am passionate about grilling.  I have been for a long time.  When the time came where I decided I wanted a better tool (the kamado grill) I fell into your same spot.  I had saved my money to buy a ceramic kamado grill.  Right before I was ready to buy it I saw the Akorn at Lowes for $299.  I decided to give it a try because I wasn't sure that I needed to spend the extra 4x I was planning to spend either.
     
    I bought it, put it together, started trying to cook on it.  I had a good time with it.  I immediately found myself looking for fixes and workaround to make it do the things I wanted it to do 'better' that it was capable of doing them out of the box.  Fixes and workarounds were working ok for the most part.  I was able to make the Akorn do everything I wanted it to do.  I put it through it's paces cooking on it almost daily for about six months.  I was still left wanting in the end.
     
    The Akorn was not going to stand the test of time for me.  The finish was burning off on the outside and I was seeing rust,  especially around the removable ash pan on the bottom.  With great care I might have been able to get 2 years use of of the Akorn.  The average owner who grills a lot less than I do might get 4 years out of it before difficult problems set in.
     
    3.  If you are passionate about your project, you should buy the best tools and accessories you can possibly afford.  
     
    I have learned this lesson the hard way on more than one occasion.  I like the 'buy once cry once' mantra here.  When it comes to cooking these days, whether it be on the grill or in my kitchen, I buy tools and accessories that I expect will last me a lifetime.  In a lot of cases, I would have saved money by doing this the first time.
     
     
    If you do choose the Akorn, my advice to you it keep it under a covered area and do not let it get wet.  Mine was kept under an awning and never used out in the rain or left in the rain.  I still had rust issues.  If you buy the akorn, be patient with it.  It is not as air tight as the other ceramic grill options and it is more difficult to control the temperature because of this.  Once you realize that specific pinpoint temps are not a requirement to do ANYTHING in the world of barbecue and grilling, you will find that you can cook successfully on the Akorn.  
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Freddyj in Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets   
    Kamado Joe has introduced charcoal baskets for the Big Joe and Classic Joe grills.  This product will come standard in the Pro Joe.  These baskets are stainless steel construction and they are heaver material than any of the others I have used in the past.  Each size comes with a divider that can fit into the basket in either orientation.  These baskets are also designed to connect to the bottom of the Divide & Conquer rack so you can lift it in and out of the grill with that rack if you like.  
     

     

     

     

     
    These are available from Atlanta Grill Company:
     
    https://atlantagrillcompany.com/
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Freddyj in Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets   
    It doesn't really 'hang' but the hooks do connect so that you can use the d/c rack to lift out the basket.
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Freddyj in Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets   
    Kamado Joe has introduced charcoal baskets for the Big Joe and Classic Joe grills.  This product will come standard in the Pro Joe.  These baskets are stainless steel construction and they are heaver material than any of the others I have used in the past.  Each size comes with a divider that can fit into the basket in either orientation.  These baskets are also designed to connect to the bottom of the Divide & Conquer rack so you can lift it in and out of the grill with that rack if you like.  
     

     

     

     

     
    These are available from Atlanta Grill Company:
     
    https://atlantagrillcompany.com/
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Freddyj in Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets   
    Kamado Joe has introduced charcoal baskets for the Big Joe and Classic Joe grills.  This product will come standard in the Pro Joe.  These baskets are stainless steel construction and they are heaver material than any of the others I have used in the past.  Each size comes with a divider that can fit into the basket in either orientation.  These baskets are also designed to connect to the bottom of the Divide & Conquer rack so you can lift it in and out of the grill with that rack if you like.  
     

     

     

     

     
    These are available from Atlanta Grill Company:
     
    https://atlantagrillcompany.com/
     
     
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    John Setzler got a reaction from Freddyj in Kamado Joe Charcoal Baskets   
    Kamado Joe has introduced charcoal baskets for the Big Joe and Classic Joe grills.  This product will come standard in the Pro Joe.  These baskets are stainless steel construction and they are heaver material than any of the others I have used in the past.  Each size comes with a divider that can fit into the basket in either orientation.  These baskets are also designed to connect to the bottom of the Divide & Conquer rack so you can lift it in and out of the grill with that rack if you like.  
     

     

     

     

     
    These are available from Atlanta Grill Company:
     
    https://atlantagrillcompany.com/
     
     
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