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  1. To do this test I think you would need to use a pellet smoker. Seems like the only way to control the variable of how much wood/smoke gets used in the cook. With a Kamado you would have to weight the wood, make sure it is placed in the same heat part of the fire and ensure the smoke color is the same before putting the meat on. For us one of our favorites that I have not seen mentioned is Peach wood. For us Peach with just a little hickory is the perfect combination for a Pork Butt.
  2. I think it depends on how low your cook temp is and how long your slow is. Last week I did a brisket at 225 for 9 hours. I use a Flameboss on my KJ Classic and I hardly used any lump. With the Flameboss (or any controller I guess), my top vent is only open about 1/8th to a 1/4 of an inch. All the airflow comes from the fan. I had sprinkled several small chunks of wood around the top of the lump, but the only ones that lit were right in the center. So basically if you are doing 225 you need you smoke wood right in the center. As you go hotter you can spread out from there.
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    50 cent yard sale find

    500 deg, two minutes per side gives a nice crust and pink center
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    Turkey on the Joe - Rotisserie or Smoked?

    No drip pan when I did my turkeys. Pulled at 160 breast.
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    Turkey on the Joe - Rotisserie or Smoked?

    Follow this recipe and spin it! I did my first Turkey on the KJ last year when Winn Dixie had their $6 bird sale. Came out amazing. Get KJ to 375 with lump mostly on one side, but covering the bottom of the KJ so you get direct cooking of juices dripping 10-12# Turkey Salt and pepper inside Stuff with: -Large chopped onion -chopped lemon -Fresh sage, rosemary, thyme Truss bird to keep everything on the inside Rub with oil, salt and pepper on outside 2 hours for 12lb bird Here is what mine looked like. Have done this three times and came out fantastic each time.
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    How do you remove the DnC Rack during a cook?

    I use the end of the ash stirring tool to lift up the corner then grab it with welding glove covered hand. I don't take the gloves off until I have everything back in the KJ for fear I will grab a heat soaked deflector with a bare hand.
  7. You can do as @LargeRedJoe said above and just burn some lump to play with vent settings, this is what I did when I got my KJ Classic II to get used to the new control top. No real need to do this since @John Setzler has good videos on youtube that show vent settings for different temps, but it can be a good learning experience. I my first KJ, I did a Spatchcock chicken. really easy to do and I think it shows off the benefits of Kamado cooking really well.
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    Kamado and Winds

    I had this issue for the first time last week. I was trying to do some wings and poured the last of a bag of KJ Big Block Lump. This was really a bunch of chips and small pieces, but I didn't think much of it. Used 3 alcohol cotton balls as I wanted to get to temp quickly. Light went fine but when I went out 15 minutes later hoping to find temps in the 300+ I found it was still below 150 (top and bottom vent wide open) It was breeze so thought maybe the cotton balls didn't burn long enough (I don't use that method very often). Lit the KJ again using 3 KJ starters. Again came out 15 minutes after flame was gone and temps were still below 200. Stirred up all the lump and lit cotton balls again. Success this time! My guess is the bottom of the bag hod so many small chips and dust, there was no airflow to keep the fire going. Two lessons for me here, always stir the lump I don't see gaps for airflow and don't by anymore KJ lump for this location. First time I have ever had a Kj bag have so much dust so I am guessing they are tossing bags around.
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    New Flame Boss 300

    I will have to check this. I am sure I am on current firmware as I think the Flame Boss updates literally every time I use it. I have never gone back and checked my open pit settings though.
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    Need a guide for vacuum sealing

    I have a Foodsaver and for me it works great and I can justify the cost of a chamber machine. I love that I can vacuum pack pulled pork and when I heat it up 3 months later it tastes like it just came off the smoker. For really juicy things I will just roll up a paper towel and put it in the bag just before the seal. If I am saving a sauce or chili, I will place it in a disposable Glad storage container with a a few holes punched in the top in a bag and seal the entire thing. I have tried non-Foodsaver bags and have had mixed results with them holding a seal. If I am sealing a protein that cost me several dollars a pound, I will just pay the extra few cents to use Foodsaver brand.
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    New Flame Boss 300

    I have recommended the the Flame Boss to every Kamado owner I know. While I feel I can control my KJ temps pretty well without it, the benefit of not having to check my KJ on overnight cooks justified the cost. I am impressed by the controller as my temps typically stay 2-3 deg around set point. I did follow a suggestion of John and extended the open pause time. I found the KJ holds temp so well that the default pause time caused the fan to run too soon and would just result in overshoots.
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    Meat Church Rubs

    For me the Fajita rub is great for chicken that is going into a salad, taco etc. Just by itself it is on the salty side if I am having the chicken not mixed in with something. I think the Honey Hogs are OK, but they don't jump out at me as being fantastic. Pecan I am still trying to figure out what it is best on. It is pretty good on a chicken breast, but it is really a light flavor. Believe it or not my favorite use for the Gospel is on eggs! It adds a fantastic flavor to a simple fried egg in the morning.
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    Going to try wings this weekend...

    I do mine at 375 direct turning every 5 minutes. After 15 minutes, I dip each one in sauce during the turn. Ends up being 15 minutes naked, 10 minutes sauced. This is really more of a BBQ Buffalo wing rather than a smoked wing.
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    Kick Ash Basket - Worth Buying?

    Do you need one, no. Will it change the taste of your cooks, no. Will it save you 5 minutes each time you are setting you grill up for a cook, yes. Will it give your lump better airflow, yes. For me, before I had my KAB, I found when I stirred my lump after a cook to get the ash off, it caused the lump to break into small pieces that then affected airflow on the cook. With the KAB, a couple of shakes and the ash is off and my lump doesn't break up. The KAB is probably the most highly recommended accessory I see for a Kamado cooker.
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    Brand New Jotisserie Cook

    That looks fantastic! I think a rib roast might have to be my next spin. My favorite Joetisserie cooks so far have been 12lb Turkey, they just some out amazing when spun.
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