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.
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!
Yesterday I smoked my first brisket with the Joe. I've smoked briskets before in my Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES henceforth) and they were phenomenal. This one turned out with great taste, but I know I could have done a lot better in terms of texture. The bark was nice and crispy which I loved, but it came out a little tough. I've identified several differences in the process I followed on the MES, but I always want to learn from the best so I welcome all input - suggestions, constructive criticism, etc.
MES vs Joe:
Flat and Fat Cap on MES vs just the Flat on the Joe (I don't think the briskets I smoked on the MES were full briskets - they weighed in from 7 to 10 lbs, and the one I smoked yesterday on the Joe was just over 5)
Drip Pan filled with water (coffee, actually) in MES vs no added moisture on Joe
Texas Crutch after 4 hours on MES vs all grill time on Joe
Brushed with Mop Sauce pretty frequently on MES vs untouched on Joe
Wood chips on MES vs wood chunks on Joe (doubt this contributed, but wanted to capture it)
Internal Temp 195 on MES vs 200 on Joe
5-6 hours on MES vs 7-8 on Joe
Those are the differences I can recall. The MES produced a much more tender brisket, but the bark wasn't crispy at all, and borderline soggy in some places. This makes sense given the drip pan, the aluminum foil and the basting. My hope is that I can somehow obtain that perfect bark and a more tender bite.
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First, this forum has been great for getting tips and learning how to cook on my Kamado Joe. So far I’ve successfully made pizza, beef ribs, and chicken which have all
I want to smoke a brisket for mother’s day and have learned the how’s and what to dos but what I don’t know is how much charcoal do I use? I haven’t bought the brisket yet but I’m assuming this will be a 8-10 hour smoke. I just want to make sure I have enough coal to keep the fire going.
Also, do you wrap your brisket half way through or no?