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Brick Pig

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  1. I’m about 50/50 regarding ketchup on my fries. And on my burgers, for that matter. Mustard, chili, slaw & onion is what we call a “Carolina burger” where I grew up (in North Carolina). Regionally, mustard is sometimes omitted, or is used in place of slaw rather than in addition to it. Personally, I am not an onion fan, so my Carolina burger doesn’t included them. Plus I live in Jersey now, so I make my own rules.
  2. My wife and I were craving burgers, so of course I decided was going to throw some on for last night's dinner. Then I remembered I had some hot dog buns I needed to use, so I put out some 'dogs. Which, in turn, made me start thinking about making some hot dog chili. And my favorite thing with chili is slaw. And then, what's a burger and dog dinner without fries? Before you know it, I spent nearly the whole afternoon in the kitchen. (Not a complaint; just a statement of fact.) Completely forgot to photograph the chili. The "fries," coated in evoo, kosher salt, and rosemary. Roasted in the Jr. for about 45 minutes at 400F. Forgot to get a pic of them on the fire. Slaw made and meats prepped. Coming off the grill One big messy plate of tastiness.
  3. I came to the kamado from a regular ol' garden variety Weber kettle and a cheapo stick burner, both of which were fairly high-maintenance during any given cook. I'm not sure the problems you're having are the same as the ones I had, but basically, during the first couple months of cooking on the Big Joe, I absolutely could not stop fiddling with it. Mainly, I was ignoring all the advice I was reading here. Eventually I came to my senses and started over from square one: I finally spent a day, or most of one, just burning a load of fuel and learning how to set my temps, and how my grill reacts to different vent settings and adjustments. I can't recommend this step enough. After that day, EVERYthing started to fall into place. Otherwise, as far as feeling stressed/rushed at dinner time, my main strategy (and my advice to others) is to start your grill way sooner than you plan to use it. In a pinch, I can get my Big Joe up to cookable temps in around 45 minutes or so, but when I have the time, I often start it 2 or 3 hours early and just kinda let it idle at ~200F. As it gets closer to cooking time, I just re-set my vents for whatever temp I want and wait for it to stabilize there. But I agree with others: Firing up to grill a steak is no different on the kamado than any other grill. Just get your coals lit and get cookin'.
  4. I've been using the Rutland starters since I first got my Big Joe. They work great and they're always the cheapest brand on Amazon and at Tractor Supply.
  5. I received a replacement firebox for my Big Joe sometime in April 2018 and I still haven't taken it out of the box. I figured I'd wait until the original one fell apart, but at some point the crack stopped getting bigger and it's been stable for probably a year and a half or more now. I just keep on cooking....
  6. Huh. Very interesting. I'll have to try to remember to pay more attention next time we're visiting.
  7. I grew up in an all beef has to be well done household/family. Never had a medium rare piece of beef --no joke-- until halfway through my sophomore year in college, when I went to Christmas dinner with my girlfriend's (now my wife) family, where her Uncle made an absolutely perfect medium rare prime rib. I couldn't believe my taste buds. And I remember on my way home, thinking about all the steaks I'd eaten in my life that could have been so much better than they were. @CentralTexBBQ I grew up in NC. There's a fairly big diversity of cooking from place to place in the state, but I don't recall "rare" bacon as being specifically a thing there, unless maybe it's in a particular region. I know it isn't among my family, nor at any of the restaurants we frequent when I'm home visiting.
  8. That is a seriously nice rig. I was shopping/not shopping online for exactly that model trailer just last week. My wife and I have a (pipe)dream of retiring to a full-time RV. I don't expect we will truly ever do it, but I love seeing that y'all took the plunge.
  9. This is a great idea, thanks! The only problem I've had with the clips I bought is that the wired probe sometimes hangs too low in the dome, as you say. Excellent solution.
  10. I admire the ingenuity behind this, but I agree with others that it's probably not something I'd buy. I don't find cleaning the grates to be difficult or time-consuming. I do the aforementioned foil ball method using tongs when the grill is hot, and it only takes a minute or two at the outside; probably more along the lines of 30 or 40 seconds. Alternatively, I will occasionally --VERY occasionally-- soak them in soapy water for a couple hours and then spray them off with the hose. Either way, it's just not such a big job that I'd spend money to get out of doing it.
  11. That's one good-looking ride. Enjoy.
  12. My wife and I passed our 14-day post-vaccine date this past Friday, and had another vaccinated couple over for dinner on Saturday. First time anyone other than ourselves had been in our house since Jan. 4, 2020. It was very strange and simultaneously familiar. Perfectly normal to sit around and visit, and yet every few minutes one of another of us would say something like, "Can you believe we're all sitting here in the same room?!?!"
  13. Before posting this, I want to clearly state that I'm not advocating for (or against) the Impossible meats. I don't know nearly enough about it to have an informed opinion one way or another, other than my previous statements to the effect that I thought the burgers tasted good. But I listen every week to this podcast, and when this week's episode came up I thought about this thread. So, for anyone who might be interested:
  14. This was an interesting read. Thanks for posting.
  15. I can tell you from experience it is not any harder than keeping two small dogs. More expensive? Yes. But harder? No.
  16. We have quite a few vegetarian/vegan friends, and I don't think a single one of them has a diet any more healthy than mine. And I doubt any of them would argue with that assessment. With regards to the "impossible" meats, though, I do notice that they (our veggie friends) seem to fall into two distinct categories: About half of them are always looking for some kind of meat substitute. I think of them as reluctant vegetarians. For various reasons they don't want to eat real meat, but they miss it badly and are always trying to compensate for the loss. The other half have absolutely no interest in the meat experience at all. They eat their veggies and are perfectly content.
  17. I read the weather report Saturday morning and saw that it was going to be excellent sit-outside weather on Sunday, so I figured I might as well do that sitting by the grill. Thawed out some Costco ribs, and spent a nice Sunday afternoon in the sunshine. Rubbed & ready Goin' in Ready to wrap Dinner's ready Plated (Sorry, I took a little bite of corn before I remembered to take a pic. Haha.)
  18. After years of using whatever rattledy-trap tables I could scavenge for myself, I finally ordered one of these last year: https://www.wayfair.com/Amgood--Stainless-Steel-Work-Table-with-Undershelf-AMG-WT2436-L7388-K~AMGO1000.html?refid=GX452984696849-AMGO1000_49453606&device=c&ptid=898360269291&network=g&targetid=pla-898360269291&channel=GooglePLA&ireid=112169817&fdid=1817&PiID[]=49453606&gclid=CjwKCAiA4rGCBhAQEiwAelVtizNAy5x80poW8cubF2dF-iAK9-V_INb_VvX1_sHxhnxz6F1lTRidohoCgTUQAvD_BwE Love it.
  19. I got mine (last Friday) not for being an old geezer, but for being a fat geezer. Second dose coming on the 26th.
  20. One of our local pubs has started offering an Impossible burger. My wife and I tried it out of curiosity, and I am quite sure if someone had served it to me without telling me, I would never have known it was not beef. Absolutely delicious. I personally have no particular interest in the health aspects of it. (If that was a concern I wouldn't be ordering a burger & fries in the first place.) But from what little I've read about it --and admittedly that is VERY little-- I have not seen anyone claiming any health benefits. It seems to me that the main thrust of the argument in favor of these is their impact on the environment. Or rather, their lack of environmental impact as compared to raising beef cattle.
  21. After ~30” of snow last week, another 3” on Super Bowl Sunday, and an inch & a half more this morning, with only a little bit of melt in between, I haven’t seen any sign if the little guy for days.
  22. Look what was waiting under our metaphorical tree when I got home from work last night! ("Metaphorical" because we haven't actually put our tree up yet.) Long-term, I probably won't keep it in front of the TV....
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