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About BigKev

  • Birthday February 3

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    North Aurora, IL
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    Computers, Old cars, BBQ
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    Kamado Joe

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  1. Time for me to make room for my Big Joe, so my old trusty Akorn must go. This is the model from Home Depot that has the large cart. Its about 6 years old, still cooks great. It does have a broken ash pan hanger bar due to a bit of minor rust, but the clips hold the pan on just fine. It's been double gasketed to improve seal. It comes with all factory grates, and an additonal grate to help support the included smoking, or to use to move the coals closer to the cooking grates for high temp sears. Includes Chargriller cover as well and has a Man Law Thermometer. $80 takes it all, pickup only. I'm
  2. Awesome, thanks! That's just what I needed.
  3. I ordered a KJ Charcoal Basket for my Big Joe II which is enroute to me. I am starting to get an idea of how big the Big Joe really is now! This basket is huge, and heavy. When I lifted the box, I was perplexed to why it weighed so much. Now I get it. Very thick bars on it.
  4. When you say holding temp, is it dropping or raising? It it keeps raising regardless of closing the vents, then you either have an air leak somewhere or your lighting too much charcoal at the start. If it keeps dropping, then you either have something blocking airflow, or the vents are closed up too much. Also quality of charcoal can make a difference. Charcoal can also absorb moisture in humid environments and that can alter how hot it burns and how it spreads to neighboring coals. Crap charcoal with small bits can also clog up the firebox or impede airflow.
  5. Can someone tell me what the total max width is of a Big Joe II with the side tables folded? or the width at the base of the cart, whichever is of the two wider? I trying to plan or spacing in my BBQ patio, and building a table to to sit beside it for prep space and to hold my smaller grill and have storage. My grill wont arrive for a couple of weeks and want to knock this project out before it arrives. Thanks!
  6. For those looking for a Kamado Joe, Costco Online has the Classic II for $999 and the Big Joe for $1599 (both with carts). Also, the Big Block charcoal is on sale. So these appear to be roadshow prices. This looks like it runs until Nov. 8th or until sold out. Just order a Big Joe to replace my Akorn that is starting to rust out.
  7. Made your Pimento Cheese recipe, came out great. I used it to make bacon wrapped poppers. They were delish. But for sure need a drip pan due to the grease from both the bacon and the cheese.
  8. On the salt/pepper/paprika I've never measured them, just shake and taste and add more as need. So maybe start and half my estimates and add more as needed to your tastes. You can always add more, but hard to make it away once added.
  9. I've traveled pretty extensively for work, so I am familiar with some of the great things that are pretty unique to the food culture in the Southeast. But trying to find Pimento cheese around here is like trying to find ice cubes in the Sahara. Let alone, most people around here have no idea what the heck it even is.
  10. Yes.....that's it! But hey, it's got green onion. That's a veggie!
  11. This is a recipe I came up with and have been making for years. Everytime there is a pot-luck or we have a BBQ, people request that I make it. It pretty much can be a meal unto itself. This is totally NOT for the diet conscious and I am pretty sure I am on the AMA hit list for this. Now I really don't measure things out exactly, so this is really how I make it every time: 5 lbs of russet potatoes. 1 dozen eggs 1 lb of bacon (any kind really, but stay away from the maple or overly fruit smoked ones) 1 bunch of green onions 1 regular sized jar of Best Foods mayo (you can also use He
  12. Has anyone tried using Pimento Cheese as the stuffing? I bet that would be awesome. Hard to find about these parts, but perhaps I can made some myself with one of the online recipes.
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