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  1. Cool! That must be the dirtiest dome I've ever seen in my life though... Seems simple enough. Anyone used these kingsford hickory briquettes?
  2. Upon further review, it appears that the Duraflame charcoal I used is rebranded Cowboy.
  3. I'm sure more seasoned grillers will be able to chip in with their experience and perhaps some science. In the meantime, I have found that if I let the fire get too big, it's really hard to control for a low and slow, especially when I'm opening the lid. That's why people recommend lighting it up with a portion of a lighter cube, a cotton ball soaked in alcohol or a torch. I had a fire like that at some point and the only thing I could do to keep the temps down was to shut all vents and reopen them once the temperature got a bit below where I wanted. Now, for charcoal. BGE, as I understand, uses the same lump as Royal Oak. Cowboy seems to have a reputation for scrapwood, metal and rocks in their bags as well as a lot of smaller pieces, where others swear by it. I don't have any firsthand experience with that brand, so I can't comment. When you're looking for lump, I don't think there's a guarantee of quality in terms of piece size, dust & all. There is lump made from different trees however and that can impart a different flavour profile to your food. For example, I cook mainly with Nature's Own Lump from Basques Charcoal (made out of maple). I've also tried Duraflame lump charcoal (that's what my in-laws gave me to go with my kamado) and I found a ton of small pieces, so I won't be buying it again. Basically, there's no assurance for quality. Look for what kind of wood it's made of and, if you don't mind looking a bit weird, feel your bags before you bring them home.
  4. I remember every detail of that morning. Absolutely tragic event and words can't express how I felt about all these lost lives. At the time, I thought it might trigger a reflexion in America about its military operations overseas but, as we've seen with Afghanistan (that was justifiable) and Iraq (I still don't understand why America wanted to go there and open that can of worms), there wasn't a whole lot of thinking on "why do they hate us so much". As an outsider, I was shocked to see that people didn't really understand why some people were mad at the US for some previous actions. 12 years later, I still feel the same about all these victims of 9/11. Absolutely tragic event and I wish that the US would have rallied everyone around it instead of projecting their military power, funding wars that it can't afford to finance and lose and compromising their future in doing so. A good read on the subject is "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers" by Paul Kennedy. 12 years ago, I think we all felt American, the US had all our sympathies. You might remember rallies from Montreal to Paris, Cairo and even Iraq. On the other hand, I have a really hard time with nationalism and how a nation perceives itself to be so much superior to the others. We're all humans and we just have to learn to live together. Military force alone won't solve any issues, it just builds resentment that will one day end up in revenge. Like it or not, we're all in this together and we better find a way to make it work. I also want to point out I have the utmost respect for everybody in the armed forces. They're doing a great job and are trying hard to make things right. It's not their fault that their leaders couldn't grasp the long term implications of their actions. I'd much prefer if they were safe and sheltered from suicide bombers and IEDs. Not trying to start a debate, I just wanted to comment on the "greatest nation in the world" affirmation and to express how I felt about that tragic morning.
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    Osso Buco, yummy Oh yeah! Funny thing is I'm the only one in my family that likes bone marrow. Might be a coincidence that I love cooking osso bucco when everyone's over! Nothing like a "Would you want me to "clean" your osso bucco so you don't have the marrow on your plate" and having all that goodness for you!
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    I just purchased some bones so I can have roasted bone marrow tomorrow. Was quite shocked to see the price of these things but the taste is so good that I don't care.
  7. Welcome to ceramic cooking! I too am a bit worried about the used of aluminum, but we'll all learn with you with your experiences. Looks great when it's all new and white but I agree with the others, get out there, put some lump in it and let 'er rip!
  8. Wow, terribly sorry about your saga. I guess after 3 months, one can call this a saga.
  9. Maybe. I'd try it first anyways. I think it's on every backyard grillers' bucket list
  10. Gorgeous pictures. I love a good leg of lamb but my girlfriends finds it too gamey. She loves my rack of lamb though...
  11. Pig and whiskey. I'm in! Don't care too much about pickles unless they're right by my Montreal Smoke Meat.
  12. Hey, I'd like to praise your work too. Send some my way! hehe
  13. Oh that just sucks- poor baby Hahahahaha! I think I'll get a nice fish for my lunch on Saturday. That thread just inspired me!
  14. Cayenne. I put that sh*t on everything.
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    I always thought Quebec was cheaper than Ontario for beer, doesn't costco have 30 packs for like $40? also american beer, just isn't beer, its more like drinking water. brown water. True for Québec. In New Brunswick, it's as expensive as in Ontario (crazy). For those who are lucky enough to get some Duck Rabbit (SC and NC), please enjoy one for me. One of my favourite stouts (the imperial stout). I only get to taste it at the American Craft Beer Festival in Boston or when I drive down in these parts.
  16. Bienvenue! Mes parents demeurent dans la région de Québec et j'ai bien hâte de voir les résultats de tes exploits!
  17. Bienvenue! Bonne chance avec l'achat de ton Big Joe, tu nous tiendras au courant! (Welcome!, Good luck with the purchase of your Big Joe, keep us posted!)
  18. I checked that. Would have loved a quick and free cigar. haha
  19. Welcome to the forum Dahsen and don't be shy to stop by the "introduce yourself" thread! Je suis certain que tu sauras t'y plaire ici et j'ai bien hâte de voir le résultat de tes aventures culinaires!
  20. Picked up a bottle of Teachers after seeing it here a couple of times. Nice flavour, very, very, very smooth. I like something with a bit more punch but this is a fine weekday sipper! It's priced very similarly to Johnnie Walker Red here. I think I like Johnnie better but it's nowhere near as smooth (you have to go for the Black which is significantly costlier to get close).
  21. I got 140 pounds of lump right now. Should be enough to last me through spring where I'll restock at Costco. I buy Nature's Own lump there.
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    I had renamed "private browsing" to "porn mode" on the school's computers when I was much younger. Still very fitting.
  23. Did that to go along with some pulled pork and later used for ribs. Everybody loved it. Kept the original proportions and my girlfriend, who's not a whiskey lover by any account, loved it along with the rest of the family (served some to 15 people on the weekend).
  24. The prizes are amazing for that contest but I simply don't have enough time at home to go through this. I really respect the entry where the guy cooked everything on the stovetop (it has tons of bacon in it) but I don't think that would be a winning entry if I were to do something similar.
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