Greetings from Hot Springs Village, AR. Just moved here, having previously living in Medford Oregon for the last 19 years. My house gift to myself was a Kamado Joe Classic III. It arrived Monday and I assembled it that day. Held off doing anything with it today when I did the inaugural cook with an easy venture of grilling a beautiful rib eye steak. While I've been cooking with charcoal for many years on a Weber kettle, this is my first go with a Kamado style unit. I must say, that even though it was an easy cook, it went extremely well. It was my wife's birthday, so I didn't want to experiment with anything new. After getting the grill temps to 500, I set the racks up for both direct and indirect cooking, seared the steak for 2 minutes on both sides, then moved it to the indirect side with a Meater probe inserted for the final cook time. The Meater navigated the temps and I pulled it off for the resting period. And, a perfect medium rare steak was enjoyed by the both of us.
Rookie mistake was inserting the probe for the searing portion -- yes, I got a warning alarm for the high temps. Pulled the probe and reinserted once it was finished searing. Lesson learned there. Looking forward to trying a reverse sear in a future endeavor. But, I'm really looking forward to my first "low and slow" cook!