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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to cschaaf in Valentine's Day Menu   
    Earlier this week, my wife suggested we go to one of our favorite places. Which I was totally fine with. It's about an hour away. Technically, most places are at least an hour away from us...
     
    Anyway, last night, she said, "You know, we have some steaks in the freezer, why don't you make those, baked potatoes, and asparagus." I was working from home today, so that was perfect.
     
    So, the potatoes are on the grill right now, using @BEER-N-BBQ by Larrylow and slow baked potato 'recipe'. The steaks are bagged and the SV is almost at temp. I'll drop them in for an hour.
     
    The asparagus will go on the grill for a bit, then I will crank it up and sear the steaks. I' glad she changed her mind, this should be a great meal.
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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to Flypops in Valentine's Day Menu   
    Bacon wrapped fillet and skewered jumbo garlic shrimp.
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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from PennHead in Nothing but the money!   
    Grilled lobster tail, sauteed spinach, couscous and a classic Bearnaise. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Tarheel in Nothing but the money!   
    Grilled lobster tail, sauteed spinach, couscous and a classic Bearnaise. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Aussie Joe in Nothing but the money!   
    Grilled lobster tail, sauteed spinach, couscous and a classic Bearnaise. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Marty in Nothing but the money!   
    Grilled lobster tail, sauteed spinach, couscous and a classic Bearnaise. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Tarheel in Nothing but the money!   
    Pan seared scallops, sauteed green & yellow squash, zima tomatoes with creamy carrot sauce and beet root puree.

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Tarheel in Nothing but the money!   
    Seared sea bass on a thick cut soap stone served with a crispy potato medley, carrot puree & snow peas. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Tarheel in Nothing but the money!   
    Quarter pound prawns served with a creamy jalapeno sauce and a carrot & butter pea couscous.

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Marty in Nothing but the money!   
    Grilled octopus, fish stock taters and sauteed snow peas. 

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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to Timtogrill in Showing off my outdoor/indoor kitchen   
    I can call it done now that I got the Primo in there. I had to build a bigger shop so I turned this one into an outdoor/indoor kitchen for winter.

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Rak73 in All Things BBQ Meets Kamado Joe   
    He'd get better flavor if that rosemary was down in the pan rather than on top of the steak. 
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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to Squarehelmet in All Things BBQ Meets Kamado Joe   
    I'm fascinated that he can hold on to a 600 degree cast iron pan as long as he does with just a towel around the handle.  The steak looked great to me.
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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to ryantt in Shrimp tacos   
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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to dfy8811 in Dem Bones!   
    First cook in awhile, my Super Bowl cook...cherry and apple wood. Love the color!
     

     

     
     
     
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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to John Setzler in Big Balls   
    ...with some smoke....
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    Big_Green_Craig reacted to bosco in Pellet grills   
    interesting chat about the smoke profile.  I wasn't too concerned about the smoke profile as I do not like overly smoked food.  The majority of those comments come from offset people and people that think that the pellet grill is witch craft.  I will say that I have never had a smoke ring produced on any of my BBQs to date like that one.  I have cooked on a gasser, WSM, weber kettle, KJ, KK.  I have had great results and nice consistent smoke rings, but smaller and they don't tend to penetrate quite like this one did.  
     
    John, the moisture comment and the convection like makes a ton of sense.  I decided on this cook to add a small water bowl.  I have used a water dish on the kamado as well on some cooks and really like the added moisture that it creates.  Maybe this is why the smoke ring penetrated as deep as it did for me on these ribs.  
     
    Someone asked me to describe the smoke profile the other day.  I compared it to the following:
     
    When smoking with wood chunks on the kamado, you are mixing some white smoke with clean smoke once the piece of wood gets stable.  I call it a campfire type taste hard to describe but smokier.  Then when I used the smoker pot on the kamado, I get a very sweet clean smoke and the profile isn't as aggressive.  The next day you can smell the smoke in the meat like crazy with leftovers, but its cleaner.  I wouldn't say its less smoked, just removed a bunch of the bad stuff.
     
    The pellet grill removes the charcoal taste.  Huge profile change right there.  Then the smoke is as clean as it gets and the smoke is constant as wood is always burning.  I find it way stronger than anything that I have ever smoked before on a kamado, but I guess some say that its not as strong as say an offset. 
     
    I remember big green craig once posted on a forum that after smoking his first brisket on a rec-tec he stated that he now understands that there is a right tool for the job.  Its very true in my opinion now.  The kamado is the best multi purpose cooker on the market.  It handles low and slow, grilling, and high heat with the best of them.... the swiss army knife of BBQ.  But there are things out there that do a task a bit better.  I am seeing a whole new world, smoke profile and taste now with this pellet grill.  Is it going to be my dedicated BBQ... absolutely not.  I will use it for convenience  and when I just want an easy day.  I have two young boys in rep sport and my wife and I are both shift workers which make life crazy.  My buddy hooked me up with this because he knows just how crazy my time is and he wasn't using it.  
     
    I think the other complaint is that the pellets are mixed woods and fillers.  I have been very pleased with the traeger pellets but do not prefer the flavours that they sell.  I found BBQR's delight peach.  For me they are a mix of peach and oak.  Those are my two favourite so if they are mixed that is perfect for me!  
     
     
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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from skreef in Nothing but the money!   
    Grilled octopus, fish stock taters and sauteed snow peas. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Marty in Nothing but the money!   
    Quarter pound prawns served with a creamy jalapeno sauce and a carrot & butter pea couscous.

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Marty in Nothing but the money!   
    Seared sea bass on a thick cut soap stone served with a crispy potato medley, carrot puree & snow peas. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Marty in Nothing but the money!   
    Pan seared scallops, sauteed green & yellow squash, zima tomatoes with creamy carrot sauce and beet root puree.

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from skreef in Nothing but the money!   
    Quarter pound prawns served with a creamy jalapeno sauce and a carrot & butter pea couscous.

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from Aussie Joe in Nothing but the money!   
    Grilled octopus, fish stock taters and sauteed snow peas. 

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from skreef in Nothing but the money!   
    Pan seared scallops, sauteed green & yellow squash, zima tomatoes with creamy carrot sauce and beet root puree.

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    Big_Green_Craig got a reaction from skreef in Nothing but the money!   
    Seared sea bass on a thick cut soap stone served with a crispy potato medley, carrot puree & snow peas. 

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