That damn artic vortex is lounging over Alberta, Canada like a drunk who won’t leave his chair at his favourite dive bar. It’s the 13th day of -27 F - -32 F windchill cold. I had to use my torch to thaw the upper and lower vents to open them. It’s one of the worst February’s we’ve had in 21 years. Normallly it’s 10 F to 40 F most recent years with the expcetion of the odd cold day. We are getting use to warmer winters.
it was too cold to use the Joetisserie last night so I opted for roasting instead.
I decided to make a trurkey breast and roast vegetables in a foil pan using the same method used to cook a spatchcock Turkey. I just had lump banked to the front and rotated the cook halfway through.
This ended-up backfiring on me: I started to run low on lump with the Turkey still at 155 F; I used the oven to finish the final 5 F for a 160 F finished temp. The Joe dropped to 225 F from the original 325 F cooking temp.
I could’ve added more lump to recover the temp back to 325 F to finish the cook on the Big Joe; it wasn’t worth it for 5 degrees. The oven finished the turkey in 10 minutes.
It was a mistake to run a half load of Maple lump and one halfmoon defector in the insanely bitter cold temps. I would’ve been better off if I had used a 80% full Kick ash basket of lump with both deflectors in both sides versus trying to use a half load method in the bitter cold.
It worked out the the result was great as you can see from the picks below. For a laugh, I had to use my torch to close the lower vent because it froze open and I couldn’t close it without taking a torch to it for 20 seconds to thaw it.
This is Alberta cold; not that Texas cold some American think is actually cold. Thank god it wasn’t Winnipeg/Minneapolis cold. Everyone has their limits.
For those in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is a time of scorching temperatures. However we are still exposed to the familiar tunes and culinary desires of a Northern, cold Christmas.
With temperatures at 40 degrees C (104 Fahrenheit) turning on the oven was not a favourable choice and so placing big bird in the Kamado was the sound choice.
Only had a KJ for a couple of month now, and the first time I had ever cooked a turkey (regardless of cooking appliance). It was a success!! Some say I’ve now graduated to an adult now that the bird has been conquered, albeit 15 years later than planned.
With my wife being pregnant I took the road less travelled for my family by not stuffing the bird with the risk of listeria etc and instead I lightly filled the cavity with the aromatics (onion, garlic, lemon, sage, oregano, rosemary) from the brine mixture.
The quality of the KJ resulting in a more consitent temperature throughout the cook and the fact the bird wasn’t stuffed resulted in a much quicker cook than expected. Meater sounded the alarm to this news which allowed me to save Christmas.
Meater has caused controversy in this forum, but so far I can’t fault it.
In my drum smoker, I would just allow the rendered chicken or turkey fat to drip onto the charcoal coals and make smoke. It was, by far, better than those done on my Cookshack Fast Eddy PG500 pellet pit.
Yet, every kamado discussion I read advises deflector plate or catch pan use. Has anyone just let the birds drip? How good was the result?