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Sammers510

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  • Birthday May 10

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    Portland Oregon
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    Kamado Joe

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  1. I picked up some chicken thighs at Fred Meyer yesterday since they were .99c/lb and want to do them on my KJ instead of in a pan like usual. What I want to know is how to best cook them to render the fat and crisp the skin without drying them out (temp/time/grill placement/etc)? I have fantastic results searing them in a medium hot pan skin side down until the skin is crisp (about 20-30 mins) then flipping them to cook the final bit through. They are always amazing but I'd love to be able to get some smoke flavor in them and use my new KJ classic. I have a joetisserie as well as a cast iron grill grate if that make any difference. TYIA for your suggestions!
  2. I am sorry you had a less than great experience with him as well, its ridiculous that he can save items for friends then have the audacity to tell a customer that's why there is less for them, at least keep it to yourself jerk. I hate to say it but I think his "only have so many left" routine was just a sales tactic because when I went for the lump the next day he had multiple big Joe and classic jotiseries sitting out. I am still very upset weeks later about my experience and plan to call KJ and let them know. I have no expectation that they will do anything for me but they should know their rep is rubbing people the wrong way and potentially costing them sales. When I went back for the lump in his constant bragging/salesmanship he offhandedly mentioned that KJ made him come up here (PNW) and take over these shows since the person they had before was "a mess" and he had to clean it up. From what I can tell anyone would be better than this Carl guy as in my opinion his show was a complete mess where he wasn't helpful/couldn't be found even but the costco people, didn't have items in stock, didn't have any information on when they would be in stock, wouldn't let you pre-pay for anything but makes deals with certain people to put things aside and then TELLS you about it (twisting the knife). Combine that with his clearly dissatisfaction of being there at all its absolutely ridiculous.
  3. I actually did that (grate on the fire bowl thing) last night while using my Joetisserie. I took the rack out while spinning the chicken and put the grates directly on the firebowl beneath it when it was almost done and cooked asparagus and grilled some bread. Worked great to get a bit of char!
  4. Thanks! Ill grab one on my next visit!
  5. I wonder if I could adapt this to the Joetisserie? similar temps but possible shorter cooking time? hmmm...
  6. If you don't mind sharing, What temps/times did it end up using? I've been eyeing the porkbelly at costco and this looks great!
  7. I've been eyeing the porkbelly at costco and this is a great idea, did the fat render at all towards the center or was it still pretty noticeable? What time/temp did you use?
  8. I certainly will be picking up the expansion rack, I would prefer more space closer to the fire for searing but I am going to work with this for a while. I was looking at the Akorns and had decided to get one before I realized the roadshow was coming up. I'll keep an eye on craigslist and see if I can find one.
  9. I actually wanted to come back and update my experience, since they hadn't had the accessories or lump delivered until tuesday I had gotten the Reps number from Costco and kept checking in to see when it was delivered, bad service or not I wasn't going to be out what I wanted to buy and I think your right and it might have just been a bad morning. While he certainly has that cocky salesman vibe he has been much more pleasant to work with and when I went yesterday to pick some up he was helpful and didn't remember me hardly at all from Friday. He kept asking me where I bought my grill because he didn't sell it to me and I said that the Costco people helped me while you were away. He said he was helping a customer load his KJ into his car and that must have been when I needed help. While I wish my initial experience as better sometimes its situational and doesn't mean it can't turn around. That or he read my post and wanted to put a better foot forward.
  10. Thanks, I’m sorry too. I hate to say it but I’m so darn passive when it comes to these things, I try to kill them with kindness instead of making a deal of it but I envy people who do. Even knowing I could have tried push for him to honor the deal with boxed items makes me wish I had tried. I would have gladly maxed out my budget to get the BJ if the Jr was included or even if he’d bothered to do the minimal amount of convincing. I’m still not sure the classic will be enough room but I’m going to try and make it work. This way I can spend my extra money on the joetisserie, extender and and a pizza stone. I hope my experience doesn’t stop anyone from trying to get the deal. Just be prepared to find out it may not be possible and have your argument ready for them honoring it anyways.
  11. I just picked up the classic (my first kamato!) at the Costco roadshow today and I'm still debating if I've make a mistake and should have gone with the BJ. I tried really hard to be the first one there for the demo deal (I was second by a second but the first person didn't ask) of the BJ and Jr. but the rep told me he'd already sold it to someone over the phone yesterday (super grumpy he made a deal with someone for all three demos who wasn't even there, BEFORE the show even started...grrr) and the BJ was the top of my budget. I usually cook for 3 but often cook extra for the 2 hungry guys and up to 10ish when company is over so I wanted the space of the BJ but worried it would be wasteful for weeknights when it's just a few of us. Ideally I would have gotten the BJ and the Jr. regardless of the deal but $1900 wasn't an option for me at this time so I went with the classic telling myself that this way I could get some addons like the joetisserie and a pizza stone now instead of having to wait. Time will tell but I have a feeling I'll be back next roadshow picking up a BJ if I end up loving the classic (as I assume I will).
  12. If this was directed at me (not sure) I honestly never considered calling. I’ve read about at least one other person having a similar experience and assumed that some sales people will just suck. Being in high-end sales for a few years I know that it attracts all types and some people make assumptions about customers and treat them poorly because of them. I figured that the deal was just that, a deal and that it wasn’t promised to anyone or advertised anywhere so I couldn’t expect any real code of honor in how they decide to handle it (though I think this was ####ty) and him ignoring me could be taken as he was trying to help multiple people at a time. I know how people and business try to spin this type of behavior and what good would it do to complain? I doubt that he would treat the next young female customer any better. I will likely send an email detailing my experience and let them do with it what they will. I didn’t ever get his name so they would have to do some looking on their end to figure out who it was if they really cared since I ended up purchasing anyways.
  13. I was in the market for my first Kamato to upgrade from my char-broil classic 4 burner and Weber kettle and considered getting this, I was tempted by the price and the pretty blue color but when I found out the kamato joe Costco roadshow was a few days away I decided to go check it out. And I ended up getting a classic joe...I’m slightly peeing myself at spending so much on it (even if it was a great deal) but I think I will get this for my brother. He’s looking to buy his first grill ever and after researching the kamato style I think this would be a great way for him to get his feet wet. Glad to hear people like it!
  14. Apparently there is not always an option of getting the deal even if your the first one in the doors and to ask about it. My roadshow buying experience fwiw: I just went to the nearest Costco to me (Wilsonville, OR) at 10am today (day one of the roadshow) and ended up with a classic. I was the second person to get to the display and the first person just got one grill and left. I was anxiously/excitedly waiting for the rep to come talk to me but even after he got the first guy loaded and made eye contact with me several times just went about his business and wouldn’t acknowledge me. I am a smaller younger woman so I know not many people would assume I was into bbq but I practically had to chase him around the stack of boxes before he would talk to me. I told him I was interested in the classic or the big joe and wanted to know about them both. He shrugged, asked “what do you want to know?” Then before I could answer he blurted out “how many people do you plan to cook for?” I said typically 4-10 and he said “get the classic” then that was it, he started to turn to talk to another guy who wandered up and I asked him about their stock levels and mentioned I heard about buying the demo big joe and getting the Jr for free and he told me he sold it the day before (the day BEFORE the roadshow started) over the phone. I said I didn’t know you could reserve the deal over the phone and he rolled his eyes and said sarcastically that “the guy WAS 5 hours away...” like I wasn’t from far away and actually bothered to travel to get this grill. I asked about the classic and he said he sold all of the demos to that guy. Now I knew I couldn’t count on getting the demo deal, I was crushed but understood the likelihood of getting it even being there when the doors opened but it really upsets me that some person can make a deal with the rep and cheat their way into the demo deal. At least make it “fair” and let it be the first one there in person to ask. Unless you worked with this rep before I don’t know how you would contact anyone to set this up. All that aside I was getting really upset at the guy and didn’t want to give him commission on a $1000-$1500 purchase when he clearly couldn’t bother to talk to me for any length of time, let alone be a salesman and actually sell me something I had come in specifically to purchase. So when he turned away from me again I just went to look at the other grilling supplies they had right next to the display while I decided if I was going to let him ruin my purchase that I’ve spent so much time researching and wanting. I decided the hell with it, it’s the best deal I was likely to ever see on one of these and went back over to tell him I wanted the classic (I really wanted the big joe but the $1500 pricetag combined with the fact that I often make smaller meals on the weeknights made me worry it was overkill... I’m still debating hours later if I’ve made a horrible mistake) and he was gone. NBD, he probably went to the checkout with the last guy or the bathroom or something, rude when you have a customer still waiting for you but whatever. Well, he proceeds to not come back for over 30 mins (I actually don’t know when he got back as a Costco employee ended up helping me because no one could find him or get him on the radio at 10:15am on day one of the display with him knowing I was still looking at them) and I got some really awesome Costco employees to help me figure out which box was right and forklift it up to the front for me. I wanted to know if anything was supposed to come with it or if there were extras I could buy while I was there but I never found out as he didn’t come back and they didn’t know. I wanted to pick up 6-10 bags of charcoal as well but there wasn’t a display for it anywhere and no one from Costco could track it down. (Turns out it hadn’t been delivered yet and I would have to drive all the way back another day to try and get some) so I left feeling much more defeated about this purchase I had been practically skipping into the store for. I’ll be unloading and assembling over the weekend when I get some people to come help move the thing from my car. FYI the classic in its crate just barely fits in the back of a Jeep Liberty if your trying to figure out what fits where. All in all the Costco deal is where it’s at, even if the reps ruin it for you, you’ll likely forget all about it by the time you fire it up the first time. (Or at least that’s what I hope happens for me) I’m hoping this will be a serious upgrade from my Weber kettle.
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