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Proud to be a new Joe owner. Got it from the Naperville store. Yeah, yeah shoulda got mine long before Labor Day but Ill be cooking long after the snow flies unlike the fair weather Chicago BBq people.
Hello All! Just purchased a Big Joe yesterday and made my first meal last night: Cowboy ribeye, red potatoes and corn on the cob. I hope to smoke big pieces of meat: baby backs, beef short ribs, brisket, pork butt, etc. Really looking to try my hand at smoking my own ham this Christmas. My biggest struggle so far (you know, in 24hours) is getting the temperature right (over cooked the steak on one side) and dealing with the cool down time (pretty much all night). I'm an arts pastor at an evangelical church in the west suburbs of Chicago. I'm in charge of all things arts and media so I like long slow smokes to give me an excuse to slow down myself and take a breather. I've been cooking since I was twelve and cut my teeth as a grill man at Olive Garden during college turning out hundreds of steaks, chicken and fish with little room for error every night. I've done mostly off-set cooking on gas grills with chips and chunks for smoke for the last 5 years and I'm glad to finally have my big joe. Took lots of patience and quite a bit of saving but now I'm going to take every chance I get to fire that baby up. Thankful for this forum (used it to find out how long it takes to cool the grill or if there was a technique I was not aware of last night). Blessings, DTBubba