Still fairly new to smoking in general, let alone on the Kamado, but my favorite thing to smoke on the MES was salmon. Despite my best efforts, I never managed to screw it up. Figured with a sale on wild caught Sockeye at Fresh Market, it was a good time to test my luck on the Joe. I started out with the brine recipe here: https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/final-smoked-salmon-with-recipe-instructions-and-qview.91264/
Here's the shot after the brine:
My biggest concern was keeping the temperature low. After some suggestions from some of the guys on here, I found the biggest, lumpiest blocks in the bag and started the fire:
Salmon went on the grill immediately to warm up with it.
This was also my first cook with the MEATER Block, so I got to test that out as well. There was definitely some disparity between the two probes, but I'm going to give them a few more rounds before I write em off. I'm curious what anyone else's experience with these is.
Mandatory. Huge fan of bourbon, and coffee, and stouts. If you haven't had anything from Alltech Brewing, I highly recommend it!
Graph of the finished cook from the MEATER app. I may have fallen asleep towards the end, there. Notifications weren't super notifying.
I'd definitely call this cook a flying success. If I keep this up I may even sell the MES.
I was happy to be home all day and get to make my own birthday dinner, inspired by @ckreef's zucchini gratin, and @keeperovdeflame's mayo corn. The pork sirloin chops were marinated in buttermilk, then rinsed and patted dry before applying a garlic and herb rub for a couple of hours. Sirloin doesn't take long to cook, so I did the gratin first, then the chops with the corn mixture on top. This is what it's all about. Lovely.
I was on Amazon today and found this. I don't recall ever seeing these settings posted in either manual I have for my two Jr's. Thought I'd post as a general guide. I've never operated my Jr's with the top vent totally closed before, almost but not completely as shown.
This afternoon I opened up two pork tenderloins. I seasoned them with onion & garlic and stuffed basil leaves & pesto into the cuts before I tied them together. I wrapped them in a bacon weave and cooked them indirect at 350˚F for about 40 minutes. I went direct to crisp the bacon. They finished right where I wanted them to.
I've been wanting to cook a turkey breast for a while now. It's much cheaper here to buy a whole bird than to buy a breast. I carved this one from a 12 lb. bird. The breast weight 4 lb.9 oz. I brined it for 20 hours using a 1 gallon solution. I decided to do the Disney brine for the drumsticks. They brined for 24 hours.
The breast went on 45 minutes before the drumsticks and came off to rest at 160˚F The entire cook was 2-1/2 hours. The breast was extremely moist and the drum sticks came out exactly as described in the AmazingrRibs.com video.
@toddwchandler I think this is about as close as you can come to cooking a whole turkey on an Akorn Jr.
Here are a few pics, thanks for looking.