Good day guys,
This is my first post, I was waiting to have something new to post before officially joining. Been looking at the forum for the last year: great stuff!
I was very frustrated with the plastic shelves that came with the KJ (can melt) and I am not a fan of building a cart for my kamado: it takes place on the deck, it blocks the view and gathers snow (IMO). I like shelves, they fold back when you're done and you don't see them anymore.
I wanted shelves that are easy to clean, that are foldable, that support heat and that are wider than the standard ones, so I could fit a rib rack or a fully loaded divide and conquer without balance issues. I tried to keep the cost as low as possible while maintaining a design that was sturdy and would last a lifetime. 80 bucks later (Canadian bucks!), I had two aluminum shelves, 50% wider than the original ones and they are also lighter. You can't imagine the joy I got the first time I placed a hot ceramic heat diffuser on the shelves. Wow, this is a cheap luxury and I dig it!
Anyhow, if you guys want to build them, it is relatively easy:
- Two 15.5 x 15.5 x 1/8 thk aluminum plates
- Four 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/16 thk square aluminum tubes, 15 1/4 long (slightly shorter than the plates, just to be sure they don't protrude)
- 16 rivets, 3/16 diameters
The tubes are mounted on the original KJ black steel brackets (remove the plastic bars), drill the tubes through the existing screw holes on the brackets and rivet in place. Position the plate, drill and rivet in the tubes.
Hope this will help someone, we deserve better than meltable shelves
Cheers and all the best during these challenging times.
I have been seeing whole fish at Costco for some time now so I decided to give it a go. I bought some snapper for diner last night and was blown away by the results.
I watched Mr. Setzler's video on grilling a whole fish as a guide along with some recipes I found on the interwebs.
2 snappers gutted and cleaned (got mine from Costco as I said previously)
Cut crosshatch slits on both sides of the fish (next time I will just do horizontal slits for easier removal of skin)
Seasoned with garlic rosemary seasoning
Salted with a few pinches of kosher salt
Spritzed with olive oil generously on each side
Stuffed cavity with fresh rosemary, thyme and dill from the garden
Sprinkled lime juice to finish off
Using the Big Joe, I lit just one side and set the fish for direct at the highest level grate. I used a fish\veggie tray to keep the fish from falling apart.
I had the temp at around 300-325 and grilled each side for 9 minutes until the inter temp as around 140.
The flavor was amazing! I don't think I would have the intense herb flavors if I had just cooked fillets but I will be trying that in the future.
I served the fish with some leftover bulgur pilaf and a spinach berry salad.
I have never had snapper before that I can remember but I am now a huge fan!!
Just wanted to give you a feedback on my experience so far with the dojoe (on kamado big joe)
i have a very mixed feeling with this accessory. i am loving all others kamado accessories however
From access to the center of stone (very small opening), temperature control (most of the time below my required temperature (i like to cook pizza close to 700deg f) ) and the impossibility to cool down the charcoal for a next cook (you cannot close the dome until it cool down completely) i have very negative feelings about this product.
But the most annoying thing for me is the charcoal consumption to reach an acceptable temperature...it is just unbelievable the amount of charcoal you need to put inside the kamado just to cook couple of pizzas
i have made a quick calculation and i would reimburse almost a dedicated pizza oven (like ooni pro) in less than 10-15 cooks only vs the amount of charcoal i am putting right now
i have made several trials (almost 7) and my conclusion is simple: i will stop cooking with the dojoe and invest in a dedicated pizza oven...i gave up... and i can tell you it does require a lot for me the give up something i invested 300usd
could be good to share your feedback on this product. maybe i raised my expectations to high