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  1. Duck9601

    KJ Roadshow Apex, NC

    Sorry for the late response I was gone for a week. Just google “Costco Special Events” and then click on your region and see what’s coming. I just happened to see that they were doing a KJ Roadshow in Apex (Raleigh).
  2. I went to the Costco in Apex, NC to get some KJ lump ($21.99 for 30 lb bag). They had the same deals on KJ’s and lump as the other roadshows, but they were also selling Joetisserie’s. Same deal as always. Free cover and fire starters with purchase. I didn’t ask about the deal for the floor models. KJ Lump: $21.99 Big Joe: $1499 KJ Classic: $969 Small: $399 Joetisserie: $185
  3. I used to live up in Alaska and have smoke a lot of salmon. I used a half cup of kosher salt, one cup of brown sugar and one cup of white sugar. I brined it in the fridge for roughly 8 hours. I then ran cold water over the filets in a bowl until the water was clear. This kept it from getting too salty. Then, I patted the filets with paper towels and layed them out on cooling racks for about four hours until the flesh was tacky and shiny. I then coated each filet with brown sugar or honey before putting them on the smoker. I always smoked mine on a Big Chief electric smoker for around 4 hours using alder chips. I don’t know the temperature that it smoked at, but I’m sure it was around 150-200 degrees.
  4. I had some leftover BBQ pork and chicken, so I decided to try my hand at Brunswick stew. I used Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce which is pretty sweet. I might try a vinegar based sauce next time. It still turned out great.
  5. I got John Setzler’s smoked meatloaf recipe off of YouTube and decided to give it a try. I followed the recipe very close, but I used two different BBQ sauces. I put John Boy & Billy’s grilling sauce (local NC product) in the meat and used Sweet Baby Rays to top it off. I also used McCormick’s Grill Mates Sweet & Smokey BBQ rub and hickory chunks for smoke instead of applewood. Anyway, it turned out great and I already ate about half of it, so if you want a good smoked meatloaf recipe then this one should suit you. My wife threw some purple potatoes in the air fryer with olive oil and French Onion soup mix sprinkled over them. They were a nice compliment (so was the beer).
  6. Duck9601

    Pizza Sauce help

    10 roma’s 1 cup water 2 TBSP olive oil 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 TBSP granulated garlic 1 Tsp salt 1 TBSP white vinegar Blend tomatoes, olive oil and water until smooth. Add rest of ingredients and bring it all to a boil in a pan. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour or two or until it’s to your desired thickness. This is a basic recipe I have used from a website, but you can add or subtract ingredients to fit your taste. For example, if you don’t like it sweet then cut the amount of brown sugar. If you think it needs more salt then add more. Use crushed garlic cloves instead of granulated garlic or add basil or other herbs. However, the baseline recipe is pretty decent. You can freeze it pretty easily. Use Ziploc freezer bags or you can do like I do and freeze it in glass jars.
  7. Duck9601

    First Cook (Pizza)

    I think my wife found it at a restaurant supply store.
  8. Duck9601

    First Cook (Pizza)

    Thanks for the ideas. I will definitely be heading to the hardware store to find something to help raise my stone into the dome.
  9. I broke my new KJ Classic II in with pizza today. It was pretty basic fare, but it tasted great. I kept the temp around 500-550. I would’ve like a little more char on the magherita pie, but my wife thought the underside was good enough and didn’t want me to cook it any longer. My first pizza was my best, but I didn’t get pictures. I opened up the top for a couple of minutes and got a pretty good char all around. The lump made all of the difference in the flavor profile. My wife and daughter thought it was the best pizza we have ever made. The key for me was to use parchment paper under the dough for the first 3-4 minutes and than slide it off onto the stone. I’ll play around with more next time and see if I can refine it.
  10. Duck9601

    Hello from NC.

    Hello. I just got my new Classic Joe II (and 4 bags of lump) from the Costco road show in Charlotte. I’m looking forward to getting started.
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