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  1. Hello everyone, I just got an Akorn for Father's day. The kids really want pizza. I ordered the Chargriller heat diffuser and a pizza stone. Is this correct? Set the diffuser up and place the stone on the cast iron rack above the diffuser? Or does the diffuser pull double duty and I should return the stone? I saw video of people without diffusers setting their stones on bricks which is why I thought both would be a good idea. We got the Akorn for $120.00 from a classified ad with 40 lbs of lump charcoal, a cover and a looftlighter so I had a bit of folding money left over for accessories.
  2. Finally got up the courage to try a hot and fast pizza cook this weekend. Have been studying for the past week on how to make this happen and results were great! Made a 70%, 24 hour dough and Sunday night I got the LG24 as hot as I’ve ever had it and settled in nicely around 600°. Homemade sauce from ingredients all grown and canned from our home garden and pepperoni, ham and bacon (and pineapple on mine, love it or hate it, I love it). The whole process was really easier than I thought. Already planning the next cook and how to improve. Thanks for looking!
  3. Figured I’d share a before and after of one of my early pizza cooks. Basic pizza dough receipe at around 500 for 7 minutes or so.
  4. Has anyone tried the Pizza Porta? Does it fit the B-Series? Here is their website: https://www.pizza-porta.com/shop
  5. For my second cook I decided to go with Pizza. So newbie on the Kamado and newbie at making pizza! The dough - homemade. Being the first, I did not get too technical. Just testing the waters at this point. I made two pizzas, one mushrooms with pepperoni and a margherita. The sauce was home made. The kamado was fired up and got it up to about 700*. The grill was setup with the heat deflectors at the bottom and the pizza stone (bought separately) on top of the grill at the highest position. The bottom was great. The top does not show well on the photo, it cam out better than it shows on the photos.
  6. Hi all, we made a little video about cooking frozen pizza from stores. It was a fun lunch at work. When I first made the pizza ring 2 years ago there weren't many frozen pizzas in the stores, most are thick crust. but now...wow, they got their own aisle. So we dust off the pizza ring and made pizza lunch at work. We tested more than 8 different brands of pizzas, and Newman's thin crust cooked best in the Akorn Kamado, California kitchen's Sicily pizza had a perfect dough/topping ratio, and even the cauliflower dough tasted good from the stone. The stone was kept around 450 - 500, anything higher may burn the dough without full cook the toppings. So on thicker dough keep the stone under 400 will be a good idea. Talking bout the stone, we used Rockheat we bought from Amazon, I'd recommend it. simple but smart handle design. We're working on a pizza stone with a digital thermometer built in, then you won't need the Infrared gun to read the stone temperature. I can probably program our controller to keep the stone temperature consistent. https://bbqube.us/Turn-Your-Akorn-Kamado-into-an-Italian-Pizza-Oven-with-Kamado-Pizza-Ring_b_2.html
  7. There are discussions of pizza stones and general baking here and there on this forum. Those of you who are interested in such may want to read Baking With Steel, primarily written by Andris Lagsdin. You may want to explore a different method.
  8. We decided to do pizza Sunday, after Thanksgiving, and I only had 500g of Anna Napoletana Tipo 00 flour, so I did a second dough using Bob's Red Mill Artisan bread four. Both made Thursday (Thanksgiving) at 65% hydration, split and refrigerator aged. Baked six pies in no specific order. Noticed a consistent doughiness from the Artisan flour pies. Did a cross section and was surprised by what I found. (Top: Artisan , Bottom: Tipo 00) The lower pie has (from the bottom) three layers, nice open bread dough, a red sauce layer, and toppings dominated by white cheese. The upper pie has four layers, bread dough topped by a dense, white layer, then red sauce and toppings. It appears that the bread flour doughs absorbed moisture and formed an interface layer that doesn't cook, even at 800F. None of the three Tipo 00 pies had this layer, despite using the same pot of sauce, bowl of grated mozzarella, and toppings on most pies. A "leftover" pie made using turkey gravy as sauce was especially doughy. Looks like I need to stock more Tipo 00 in the pantry. Frank
  9. Sound off everyone! What's the plan for this weekend? I'm thinking pizza one night, and trying a smoked chuck roast/poor mans burnt ends for the other. Both of these will be firsts for me. I think I have a pretty good idea on how to do the pizza based one what ive read here, and my experience with the devil hotbox inside the house, but any advice/input on the chuck roast would be appreciated. I've braised plenty, but this will be the first smoked one. I was planning on treating it exactly like brisket, with just a shorter overall cook time.
  10. Hi everyone, I’m a bit obsessed with pizza’s so I’ve been knocking a few pizza dough recipes out. There are so many great doughs that I just want to share them. If you like pizza’s, it’s worth a watch. Cheers.
  11. Ingredients for dough are 1.5 cup self rising flour and 1 plain Greek yogurt. Apparently I picked up regular plain yogurt. It tastes better with Greek though.... After a bit of kneading it looks like this. Here are some of the toppings we used. Mozzarella, blue cheese, fresh tomatoes, capicola, and pizza sauce. Not pictured are honey and fresh chives form the yard. First up was the cheese pizza as requested by the 4 year old. Ingredients: pizza sauce and mozzarella. Here's a pic of it hitting the grill! Sort of..... More like half done. Grill at 500 degrees F for about 7 to 8 minutes per pizza. Here is the finished product. Next up was our dinner. Ingredients: Blue cheese, mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, capicola, honey, and chives. Before grilling pic. Finished it looked like this. Crust pics! 1st one is cheese, second is meat. Crispy and delicious! These are the closest to slice photos I got. Again 1st cheese second is meat. The cheese came out better, maybe due to fact that it was a bit thinner and perhaps cooked more evenly. Super easy dough to make and much better with the greek yogurt as it almost mimics a sourdough more. Enjoy!
  12. One of my favourite pizza combos. I used the John Lanzafame base recipe, which for one pizza is listed below but please note, I usually multiply by 4 to make two pizzas today and freeze the other two for another time: 1 teaspoon dried active yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) warm water 2 teaspoons oil, plus extra for greasing 160g (5 1/2oz) all purpose flour (I used pizza flour) 1. Place first four ingredients in a bowl and whisk until just combined. 2. Slowly whisk in olive oil 3. Leave in a warm spot for ten minutes until it's all thick and bubbly 4. Add the flour and knead for 15 mins. (with my usual MO of making 4 at a time, I start the kneading on the kitchenmaid on speed 2 until just combined and then continue on speed 1 for 15 mins). 5. Rub the inside of a large pot or bowl with a bit of oil, place the dough inside and cover with a clean tea towel and leave for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs or until doubled in size. 6. Give it a good punch to expel the trapped air. 7. At this stage, it can be wrapped and refrigerated or frozen. (I usually put in an additional freezer bag because it really likes to expand and will pop a whole and blow out of regular plastic wrap). If making from frozen, bring to room temp and place nice and cosy inside a clean tea towel until risen by half again. 8. If going from Toppings: I used : - one can of whole Italian tomatoes, blended and cooked down with a little water, salt and Italian herbs. (this does me for 4 pizzas - I usually put half in - a small sealy bag so it's ready to defrost next time I pull out the two frozen doughs) - fresh mozzarella which you get in the tub of whey and which you tear apart - 12 lovely Aussie prawns (shrimp) which are peeled but not cooked prior to placing not the pizza - relatively thinly sliced zucchini - cherry tomatoes halved - some little chunks of home made pesto which I shaved off from a block I keep in the freezer - rind of one lemon microplaned - a couple of tablespoons of panko crumbs - a good dash of olive oil to get the panko and lemon combined and so it isn't dry. I cranked the kamado up to 550F When assembling, i put a little bit of semolina on some greaseproof paper before rolling out the dough onto it. I am in the camp of sauce first, followed by cheese and then the toppings, pretty much in the order they're listed above. To cook it, I had the steel grates in position and then the deflectors on top and then used some terracotta pot plant feet as a spacer between the deflectors and the pizza stone. (a great tip from Kismet Kamado) It was pretty much done after 10 mins with a nice crispy bottom ... no soggy bottoms at Chez Lydia! :-)
  13. I decided to do something different last night for a pizza by using sausage for the crust. I started off by carmalizing onions and peppers in a cast iron skillet. I then put the sausage on the cast iron skillet with a glass dish on top of it to keep it from warping while cooking. I baked the crust for 10 minutes in the Kamado. Afterwards, I put the onions and peppers, pepperoni, black olives, pizza sauce, and cheese in the crust. Went back into the Kamado for 30 minutes until it was golden brown on top. Despite the pouring rain that started during the final baking period, it turned out pretty good and certainly a little different than the usual pizza. Here are some pics of the cook:
  14. My four year old daughter and I cooked dinner tonight. A specialty crust set of pizzas that are sure to please! Ingredients include: English Muffins, pizza sauce, baby spinach, two kinds of cheese, previously kamadoed chicken breast, and salami slices. Here's a photo of little hands hard at work on the build! She had a blast.Here is what they looked like when finished. I built the ones on the left...Here they are on the Vision! Placed the stone on the top rack and heated the grill to 500°fAnd finally here is the end result!We had a ton of fun and I got a big two thumbs way up and a huge smile from my assistant chef. She did awesome! The "crust" was crispy and the cheese and toppings really went well together. It came out great and I can't wait to cook with her again soon!
  15. Hi all, I just wanted to show off the pizza ring I made for my Akorn kamado. I was posting it in the grill board but I saw this board I figured you guys gonna dig it. I may do more w/ other grills if demand is high. I had my in-house engineer digitized the whole grill so we can laser cut the sheet metal with high precision and will fit tight. I've made dozens of tortilla pizza in it, I've had it heated up to over 800 degrees. Works like a champ.
  16. Hi all, I just took delivery of a Joe Classic 2 and I'm looking forward to my first cook on Saturday. I'm planning on doing Neopolitan style pizzas so I'll need to go super hot (800 degrees+) Is it safe to do this for a first cook or should I season my Joe first with some lower temperature cooks?
  17. There's nothing like paying for a terrible pizza to get me back to making my own. But I wanted it to look like ckreef's pizza, so I started with his King Arthur no-knead dough, read other tutorials, and here we go. I also want to rave a bit about this Black & Decker counter top pizza oven I bought last year. It looks lightweight, and it is, but it has top and bottom heat coils, and the removable tray makes it easy to place and dress a pizza. For the most part, I am only making one 10-12" pizza, or smaller for my breakfast (smile), which is this one I made today. The sauce is a sun-dried tomato and basil spread that I mix with my regular pizza sauce, use sparingly. Today my toppings were mushrooms, olives, and sweet sausage. My cheese preference is whole milk mozzarella mixed with muenster, a salty but good melting cheese. The oven and tray need to preheat for at least 5 minutes, so while that is happening, I form my dough and prepare all toppings. When the tray is hot, I remove it to a heat safe counter and lift the prepared dough onto the hot plate, and while it begins to parbake, I add the toppings, working from the middle outward to keep toppings off of the hot plate as much as possible. The oven still has 5 minutes on the timer, but this pizza was done in 4. Here is a link to the oven if you are interested: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U2OZM66/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 Not a bad price for something that works so well in all kinds of weather... I took a picture of the nicely browned bottom but it was blurry, and now it's gone!
  18. Recently did up a pair of pies on the Big Joe. This thing is a pizza machine. Also made a peach pie for my son while I was at it.
  19. Working on my wife's old car that she is selling after buying a new ride. Using up the last of my old car care stuff on this project.....Started the project after getting home from work on my day off. Washed, clay bar, and then began compounding. Ran out of time.....and running low on beer. Dinner needed to be made. The dinner plans were made with son and his girlfriend coming home for dinner, too. He'd requested pizza. Gladly broke away from the car detailing to make an easy dinner. Wife's white sauce pizza..... Son & his girlfriend's pizza........
  20. Hi All, Just thought I'd post my first real experiences on the Akorn, and in charcoal cooking in general. Saturday night I cooked up a simple pizza, which came out a treat. I already had a go to dough recipie but decided to go with the sticky on this forum and use a basic 70% hydration dough. It was a great recipie. Next time I might take it out a smidge earlier, the base was very crispy which was good, but it would have perfect if it was just a tiny bit less so. Sunday I slow roasted a small brisket for my wife and I. I had a number of issues with temp control and have learnt to pay closer attention. The temp got to high and then I ended up killing it accidentally. Re lit the coal and I had to duck out to the shops and the same thing happened. Despite 4 major stuff up, it turned out bloody beautiful. Basically did a dry run and then put it in a covered tray with some beef stock. It still pulled pretty easily, and when mixed in the the leftover drippings and stock, was awesome for dinner in a roll with some coleslaw. All in all it was a good weekend with a few lessons but still some awesome food.
  21. Made kind of a white pie tonight.... no tomato sauce.. just evoo, mozz, parm, garlic, onions, and roma tomato slices with a dash of italian seasoning blend... I lost a tomato on this one when I launched it. When you don't have a sauce on the crust, the cheese and toppings don't have anything to hold onto while you are launching the pizza from the peel... lol
  22. I am really impressed with this pizza oven. This video doesn't do it justice because I need to hone MY technique just a little to make some great lookin' pizzas with it.
  23. These were perfect. After my first experience last week I had a chance to hone the technique on the Uuni 3 pizza oven tonight and had near perfect results.....
  24. Had the 22 for a couple weeks now, thanks to all the info here, had a big day. My Son had half the HS football team here so we made pizza. Followed by a prime rib! All came out great!!!
  25. Well I got a Kamado Joe Classic II for my birthday last month and I've been trying different things and really enjoying this cooker. Last night we tried thin-crust pizza on a pizza stone. I watched all the @John Setzler pizza videos on the Kamado Joe cooking channel and used a very simple crust recipe with King Arthur bread flour. My kids had some friends over after Church so we ended up cooking 8 different pizzas. I think I'm really sold on parchment paper now. I had never used it before, but there was no sticking and the pizza would slide off the paper/peel onto a waiting serving dish quite easily. Got the Joe up to 500-550 F and it took about 7 minutes per pizza and they all came out great.
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