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  1. One way to quit chasing temps for LNS is to go with a temperature controller. They are not flawless and you can overshoot your target temp if you allow it to over-stoke the fire, but for the most part it really makes life pretty simple and straight forward. The PartyQ is what I use because I don't want to have to depend on external power. I have used one on my Jr,, my Classic, and my WSM all with good results. Super simple and straight forward. You just have to get the appropriate adapter. I just saw that that make on for the Akorn Jr.
  2. I’ve done several pork butts in mine. Have also done both pork and beef ribs as well. It’s not my preferred cooker for LNS but it will certainly do the job as long as you keep things reasonable in size and duration. It’s pretty easy to dial in and stabilize. I bought the adapter and even hooked my PartyQ controller to it before and it worked like a charm. I think you will be mighty happy with it for camping as long as you don’t have to move it around much.
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    Grill Cover

    Congratulations. You got a great deal. I’m sure you will enjoy it. I used the cover from Kamado Joe. It’s thin and blows off easily but mine was free. I secure it to the bottom of the legs using clothes pins. Not the ideal situation but the price was right. I am sure folks will provide some other recommendations that are heavier duty and better quality. Guess my point is if you can get an OEM Kamado Joe cover for a bargain price, it will work and do the job with a little ingenuity but there are better covers available.
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    Question about Pork Butt rub

    I used to apply rub and let it set for up to a day in the refrigerator. I no longer do that. Now I literally apply the rub while the grill is warming up. I personally don’t see any significant difference in taste plus I only have to clean up once vs twice. That may just be my experience based on the rub I use. I have tried injecting butts but don’t do it on a normal basis. When I have done it, I have done it right before putting them in the smoker. I really can’t help you there. JMO. Enjoy the experience and don’t over think it. They are very forgiving. I always tell people the only thing you can do to mess up a pork butt is drop it on the way into the house. Just be patient and cook it until it probes tender like melted butter.
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    Dalstrong Knives - Shogun Series

    I just got a 12 inch sliced from their Shogun series for Father’s Day. Already tested it on a brisket and I’m plenty impressed. Haven’t had it long enough to comment on blade retention. Was weighing my options between a Wusthof or a Victorinox slicer. Most of my knives are Shuns and I really like the Japanese blade bevel angles. Dahlstrong makes both European and Japanese style knives in their various series. Their price was in the middle between workhorse knives like Victorinox and Wusthof. Interesting marketing approach. So far I like it a lot. Anxious to hear John’s future reviews.
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    Vegetarian BBQ

    An interesting follow up observation. I warmed up the leftovers in the microwave and today the texture had changed very little and was still ok but it actually reminded me more of a vegetable and less of a meat product than it did yesterday if that makes sense. In other words it was a little more fake today that yesterday. I am assuming that is because the rub and bbq sauce got absorbed overnight in the refrigerator or maybe it was due to using the microwave to warm it up. @Bgosnell151 I grew up in Perry County which was actually more Mennonite than Amish. It has since increased considerably.
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    Vegetarian BBQ

    Oops. Sorry about the his and hers. As far as my faux pulled pork goes, I just need to figure out how to get the taste I want without too much heat. I have been thinking that I may have to totally go another direction with super mild sauce. I really don’t want to do that. I think if I just back off the rub a little I’ll be ok. As as far as the eggs, yes those are pickled eggs. I grew up on a poultry farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. They were something that was always in our refrigerator as long as I can remember.
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    BBQ Pulled..... Jackfruit?!?!?!

    I just posted my attempt on the original thread I started. I really like what @KismetKamado has done with it. The Green Jackfruit really does have very little taste of its own so the more you add to it the better. The texture is surprisingly good, much like pulled pork. When I first took it out of the can it had a very mild smell almost like pine but none of that came through in the finished product.
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    Vegetarian BBQ

    I gave it a try this evening and learned a lot. I read through the thread that @KismetKamado posted and it makes mine look like I’m making a PB&J sandwich next to his. I did mine pretty much in following the basic process I saw on the YouTube thread I posted earlier. Plus I want it to be pretty easy and I would like it to look as much as possible like to regular pulled pork that the others will be eating. I started by draining the Jackfruit and then breaking it up. I diced some of the harder pieces to make sure they would not be chewy when finished. As you can see the pieces pretty much pulled apart except for the small amount shown. The seeds were also a little odd looking but were totally edible. What is not shown is that I finely diced and onion and sautéed it in ghee. I added salt and my favorite rub mixture, The Renouned Mr Brown. I was trying to create something similar to a bark. It really didn’t do that and I’ll cut it back considerably next time. I then added the shredded Jackfruit and used our favorite vinegar based sauce. This is the same rub and sauce we serve to the girls each time so I wanted to start there. The finished product turned out ok but needs some adjustment. Next time I’ll use a little less rub because it ended up with more heat than I wanted. It was fine by me but it set my wife’s head on fire. This has been interesting and fun. If I had my choice I would rather be eating what @KismetKamado made but I think I will be able to get this where it needs to be to serve it next month. Right now I’m seeing how well it will hold up over time as there will be at least 90 minutes or more from the time we prepare it until it’s is served. I’ll put it in the cooler with the butts to keep it warm and for transport..
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    Vegetarian BBQ

    @KismetKamado look forward to sharing lessons with you on this. Probably will not be on the regular family menu at our home but I do think that it is something that is worth knowing how to do. Hope to give it a try this week.
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    Vegetarian BBQ

    I’ve looked at a number of YouTube videos but this one is my basic start point. Our next cook is about a month away so I have plenty of time to experiment. In the perfect world using the same rub and bbq sauce, I would hope that the flavor would be almost indistinguishable from the normal pulled pork that I will be serving them. Probably wishful thinking at this point. https://youtu.be/aj5QlEUz1r0
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    Vegetarian BBQ

    My wife and I have been making a monthly BBQ for a local ministry called Potter's House for Women. It is a special time for us every month and we love every minute of it. We tried other things, but all they want is a tradition pulled pork BBQ with my kicked up baked beans, and slaw. My wife and I make everything from scratch including the sauce and rub. In our years of making meals for them, we finally came across a vegetarian. She is pretty accommodating in that the baked beans were fine after she pulled out the bacon and sausage but we want to offer her something better than a coleslaw sandwich next month. I've been researching using Jackfruit as a pulled pork substitute. Supposedly it has a meat like texture and gets all its flavor from what you add to it. Whole Foods and several other places sell it already prepared. My son found us some canned Jackfruit in water to begin experimenting with. Has anyone tried making this? If so, should I stick to liquid smoke or is it possible to actually add real smoke to it? I have watched a number of videos on YouTube but no one adds smoke. I intend to use the same flavor profile that I use for my pulled pork as a start point.
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    New Kamado Joe Owner with a few questions...

    When it comes to accessories, these are really dependent upon what you cook and how you cook. For example, I would have no use for a wok and my Joetisserie barely gets used. A friend of mine, on the other hand, uses a different type of grill and has literally gone through three or four rotisserie motors. I swear the guy spins everything other than steaks and pizzas. I do a lot of LNS cooks on my Classic and the best money I spent was on a PartyQ temp controller and the WiFi gateway for my Smoke thermometer. I think your best option is to cook with what you have for now and figure out what you like to do and what your family likes to eat and go from there. JMHO
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    New Kamado Joe Owner with a few questions...

    I start my fire with just the charcoal in place. Once I have the fire going I add smoke wood right before I put the deflectors in place etc. That way as it comes up to temp it lights the smoke wood. That normally gives it enough time to burn clean (blue smoke) by the time it is up to and holding my desired stable temp.
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    New Kamado Joe Owner with a few questions...

    One other thing I will add is that the Kamado Joe is super stable for low and slow once it settles in. For that reason, it is best to stabilize your desired cooking temp before adding your meat. Then once you have added it, leave the vents alone and let the cooker restabilize itself. Normally you will be back at your stable temp within about 10 minutes.