Morning! 4:51 and it's almost time to get the bird in some heat. Posting as a follow along with a few questions. Outside temps are going to be below 20°F. Is there any danger to my grill with those temps? Vision you watching this? Lol
21lbs turkey brined for 21hrs.
Here we go
Hi Everyone, it has been a while since my last post ( I think it was the pizza ring I made for the Akorn Kamado). Well, I finally get around to finish up the camper power box for our TempMaster controller. I found these 12V Li-ion battery packs from Amazon works great (6000 mAh for 10+ hrs) and can be charged with our AC adapter for the controller. The box now can hold the controller, battery, vent hose and 3 probes. I'll make a DIY blog on our website. It's Plano Ammo Box (Made in USA!) with cutouts on the side for hose and probes. Now you can do ribs in a weber go anywhere for 4-5 hours unattended. Let me know if you have any questions. Here in Hawaii there is no power at camp grounds, so I made this box with a 12v UPS backup battery in it to power the controller off grid. But I found I use it all the time even at home. The Lead Acid battery was heavier and required a car battery charger to charge so I didn't make it into a product. But now with the Li-ion battery this box can pack all the accessories, just grab 'n go! It's available on our website at BBQube.us
Aloha and happy grilling!
Hi gang, I'm up here in Portland Maine. Excited to announce that not only am I turning 39 on March 4th, but more importantly my Jr. should be here by then. I ordered the Black model from Lowes. I also ordered the jr stone from the factory. Pics to follow of course. Interested in noting weither the construction quality is any different on the newer models. I have been lurking a bit but this is my big out. Would love to have a ceramic but right now it's not in the cards. Any links or suggestions are biggly welcomed! Thanks gang. J
My wife and I were married for nearly 10 years before having our daughter 3.5 years ago. We used to do a lot of camping in that time, but have slacked off since Becca's birth. Well, the recent Akorn Jr. acquisition and my wife's birthday weekend coincided into a lovely first camping experience for my daughter... and my grill!
Loaded up the Element:
We rented a log cabin to make it easy for her first time. It was lovely! Even came with a bottom barrel gasser that worked surprisingly well for keeping food warm and making bacon for breakfast.
First order of business was a hike to the "main attraction" at Ringing Rocks... a boulder field of rocks that ring with a metallic resonance when hit with a hammer. Very fun for a percussion-loving musician such as myself:
When we got back to the cabin, before hitting the pool [yeah, this isn't really "roughing it" kind of camping for sure], I fired up the Akorn to 200° hood temp and was amazed at how well it stayed there. It slow roasted some potatoes, braised carrots, and smoked poblanos for a few hours and budged not once that entire time with the vents set like in this pic:
Then I kept that warm in the gasser while I cranked the Akorn up for the pre-seasoned ribeyes and red peppers. Only took about 10 minutes of lid-up time and then 10 minutes of lid down with the vents wide open to make the temperature shift:
Sorry no pics of the steaks and peppers in action. They were on the grill all of about 2 and a half minutes! But they did turn out lovely:
They were thin. Very tender, though, and the salt/pepper/garlic/onion/cayenne seasoning was nice. I usually just use Montreal, but I liked the salt control and longer seasoning time using my own blend.
Birthday girl and baby girl both dug it:
S'mores and campfire and music finished off the evening. Truly spectacular weather, a perfectly-behaved 3-yr-old, and hitting everything on our to-do list with minimal effort made for an all-around great weekend. I'm really a lucky guy. And this little grill is going to be getting our butts out into nature more often. We're ordering a family-sized tent tomorrow.