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  1. arclite

    The stall

    Actually this isn't entirely true. Moisture rises to the surface creating the stall as in the same principle as when a person sweats when hot. Simply put, the meat is sweating. The moisture is almost entirely made of water. https://amazingribs.com/more-technique-and-science/more-cooking-science/understanding-and-beating-barbecue-stall-bane-all
  2. arclite

    Kettle Grill

    I love Weber Kettles and still use mine all the time, especially when I've got a low and slow cooking with a "Do Not Disturb" sign on my Primo. It's a perfect compliment to a Kamado.
  3. arclite

    Temp spikes when opening lid

    Yes, due to the style of cooking with a ceramic a lot of it is instinctive. Luckily most people pick it up pretty quickly. Don't sweat the little stuff like playing around with vents when you need to open the lid. Get in, get out quickly and you'll be fine.
  4. arclite

    What do you do???????

    Sorry, but I'm not moving a Boston Butt off the Kamado just to grill some freakin' hot dogs. Set up another grill, or cook the dogs inside, or tell people to wait, or tell people to come over later... or whatever. The Butt's got dibs.
  5. Looks good! 290f isn't a bad temp. I smoked a couple pork steaks (basically a Boston butt cut into 1" steaks) @ 300f yesterday. I also like to cook butts at 250f on the ceramic, but wouldn't lose any sleep if it jumped up to 300f. Pork butts are very forgiving cuts of meat. Once you get a few long cooks under your belt you'll be able to nail your desired temp with no worries.
  6. I always load up close to the deflector plates when I do long cooks on my Primo Junior. I also like to put a pan on top of the deflector plate, under the grate, to catch drippings. This also acts as an extra shield if you put water, sand or salt in the pan, but more importantly the drippings don't burn off into some nasty smoke, and/or foul up your deflector plates. I'm not a water fan as you have to watch and possibly refill during a cook. Sand is fine, but I use kosher salt because I always have a bunch of it around the house. You can improvise with some tin foil if you don't have a drip pan.
  7. arclite

    Primo oval jr and go cart

    Rest assured that you made a great choice. It'll compliment your BGE very well. I've had mine for 7 years and have done everything from a couple hot dogs to an 18lb packer brisket on it. With some strategic placement (and some butcher twine) 4 bone-in pork shoulders are doable. Smoking a couple pork steaks as I write this. The 2-zone is great if you're a reverse sear guy. The Junior gets up to temp a lot quicker than a XL, letting your steaks rest in a reasonable timeframe. The half moon deflector plates and grates are very versatile for direct/indirect, raised and lowered grate levels. I don't think the divider plate is all that necessary. The grill is a little too small to really benefit, unlike a XL which with the divider plate essentially cuts the cooker (and its fuel) in half. There's just too much carry over heat on the junior. Same goes with the extenders. You don't really gain all that much useable space, although there is a popular mod on the primo forum to modify the legs, creating some more space. The large BGE and Primo Junior should cover just about everything you want to do.
  8. arclite

    Fill it Grill it basket and wings

    I have one for my Weber kettle. It's ok for some things, but I wasn't completely happy with the wings. Cooking indirect the wings had good taste, an even cook and pretty good capacity, but the skin never got crispy when I used the basket. I didn't try a direct cook as I was worried about burning the wings and an uneven cook. If you want crispy skin I'd look into a Vortex. Roasting peppers and other veggies works great in the basket.
  9. I like to butterfly tenderloins. Season with salt/pepper/garlic or sometimes I'll do a simple rub to mix it up. Cook direct on a hot grill until it's done.
  10. arclite

    Weber Summit Charcoal Grill review after 1 year

    Great review! The Summit would have been a strong consideration for me if it was available back when I bought my Primo. Also like your review of the Slow 'N Sear. I plan on picking one up for my kettle based on your recommendation.
  11. arclite

    Grilled Tuna Steaks

    Looks tasty! Might be my favorite steak, but it's got to be cooked rare.
  12. arclite

    Hello from Ottawa, Canada.

    Welcome! I'm sure you'll make grandpa proud.
  13. arclite

    Decisions. decisions

    Be careful with smoke and poultry. A little goes a long way.