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  1. Stihlmushrat

    Not so fatty

    Working today. Here’s the pics.
  2. Stihlmushrat

    Not so fatty

    Afidel, just trIed this one. Couldn’t find 1.25 pounds, so had to get 2 packages of pounders in link form ( good thing as I forgot the in laws were coming over). Used a little extra onion, garlic, & spinach to make up for it. Cooked indirect at 350 as well with drip pan under. Took two hours for this baby to hit 165 on the Smoke Gateway. My 11 year old was stuffing his face so fast he couldn’t be bothered to use a fork. He also mistakenly ate spinach (very sneaky). Not having any luck uploading pics tonight. Keep getting errors. Will post when it is working. But great recipe!
  3. Stihlmushrat

    Do any/all KJ Classic owners wish theyd gotten the BJ?

    Great discussion. I’m on an NC teacher salary, so let’s just say I had to go 3 years with no grill at all (gasser died) to save up. Then I had to get it at the Costco road show. I went all in with the big joe. Perfect for cooking pizzas that are the same size as your typical large restaurant pizza. Yeah, it’s little big if I’m low and slow on a pork butt, but perfect to cook 2 or 3. Perfect size for a brisket or racks of ribs laid flat. Perfect for 8 burgers direct, then indirect for cheese melting w/o burning your burger. In a perfect world I’d have all 3. If I could sneak a joe Jr into the car without the wife seeing, that would be my next purchase. That would nice to have for those small cooks when you just don’t want to fire up the Big Joe. Jonesing for a Jr. Does the Big Joe use that much more charcoal? Meh, I can deal with it for the versatility. I just couldn’t spend the money on a classic and find out that it was too small after the fact. You could add accessories to get similar amounts of food on the Classic, but then you just spent the same $ that you would have on the Big Joe.
  4. Bought these. Money well spent. Soooooo much easier to remove the heat deflector quickly. Handy if your low indirect and slow burns up your lump and you need to add more. I would actually like one more of each, because it is nice to hang them while they cool.
  5. Stihlmushrat

    Charboss Grill Scraper

    I like the looks of this one vs the Costco one. The under grate scrape is a good idea.
  6. I want these! The welding gloves, high temp gloves, and pot holders just don’t stand up to a heat deflector.
  7. Stihlmushrat

    Laser cut grill for the Big Joe unboxing

    Oh baby. I have been flip-flopping on this vs a tumble basket for the Big Joe. Do you have both? I can’t remember if the tumble basket was your post. If so, how about impressions of veggies on 1 vs the other.
  8. Stihlmushrat

    KJ big Jotisserie gap

    That’s the one accessory on my Big Joe that sort of infuriates me. I see pics of it on the BGE where it sits snugly on their felt line. On my Big Joe, it sits on the inner 1/8” of the new mesh seal, and doesn’t seal as tight as you would want it to. Also, with the lift mechanism (which is awesome by the way) doesn’t allow the lid to compress the seal like it should. I have to hang a weight off the handle to get it to compress correctly. The temp control isn’t as good with all the cumulative air leaks around the big joetisserie. I understand that making an accessory that fits both the BGE and the BigJoe doubles their market. I just feel like something that I bought from my company should work best on my KJ. I have toyed with buying aluminum bar stock to bend around the top and bottom to add 1/2 inch and create a better seal, but I fear I might crack the cast ring when attaching. None of the local aluminum fabrication shops were interested in welding on such a thing. I just did a 14 hour pork butt and only had to adjust the temp at hour 10 (jiggle some ash through the kick ash basket). I should be able to do the same with the joetisserie, but 1/8” just isn’t the way the seal was designed to work.
  9. Stihlmushrat

    Drummy Drum Tumble Basket

    I would say the advantage is that you can put in small veggies kind of like a stir fry. It takes too long to flip tiny veggies, they fall through the grill, and taking all that time gets the fire going too hot. I like the idea of a bunch of hot wings, evenly cooked on all sides that I don’t have to flip.
  10. Stihlmushrat

    Drummy Drum Tumble Basket

    Have you tried the drummy with chicken wings? Seems like you could get more in there. Any updates on one vs the other would be cool. Is the drummy the one to get that does it all?
  11. Stihlmushrat

    Kick Ash Basket - Worth Buying?

    Best accessory you can get. Have it in my Big Joe.
  12. So you can make pizza super easy on the KJ. We do pizzas almost every Friday night. We buy the frozen pizza dough balls at our local grocery store. Let them thaw and rise in flat bottomed bowls with a coating of olive oil. We usually cook them at 500-600 degrees (probably closer to 600 most of the time), but the set up is the key. My set up is deflectors on the top grate, kiln risers on top of that, and a round kiln shelf with air holes from front to back. You can’t burn the bottom of your pizza with this method even if you wanted to. Critical to making pizzas is a good heat soak once you get your temp right. It is also that perfect time to burn crap off your grates... just make sure that is done before putting in a pie. You can pre-make all your pizzas by cutting out circles of parchment paper and prepping them on that. Then just use a pizza peel to go back and forth. If you leave the lid open messing around with your pizzas, you will be cooking at 800 degrees with fire shooting all over the place. Wonder how I know that? Notice the last pic is from the first pizza cook ever on the Big Joe. The stone is much darker now. These are large pizzas 12-16” depending on how well the dough is working that day. I’d like to make my own dough, but since I spent all my dough on the Joe, there isn’t any dough to buy something to make dough. Eventually there will be a big dough hooked mixer in the kitchen, but not this year. So, don’t be afraid. This is the easiest, cleanest cook there is.
  13. Stihlmushrat

    First attempt at dry aging - 8lb rib eye

    Add this to the list of things I need to try.
  14. Stihlmushrat

    Hello from Mississippi

    I'm so glad to be rid of propane. Welcome. I second the pics. Always cool to check out everybody's setup for a given cook (even better when they include temps and times - but that could just be me). I'm keeping a log book, because I can't change what I don't remember.