Just thought I'd introduce myself, I'm from Scotland.
I've always loved BBQing, however here in Scotland normally we can't get it the BBQ out so much due to the terribly wet weather here on the west coast of Scotland. However this year has been good and I've been looking for a new BBQ. I was currently using an old open grill handed down to me by my father in law, but have been looking at a new kettle unit but decided they just weren't what I wanted.
Hence I have taking the (huge) plunge and just ordered myself a Kamado Joe classic II. Living somewhere where it mostly rains this is basically a ludicrous purchase..however I am determined I will use it all year round. In fact I've told my better half we can't use the oven for the next 6 months just so I can justify the cost!
I also ordered, Beer can chicken holder, Pizza stone, calzone press, looflighter and based on recommendations on here..a thermoworks smoke.
I love american style BBQ food and smoked foods, so hoping I will be able to recreate some of that goodness here! I also bought the Hot coals Kamado book, hoping its decent ..I have seen the meathead book. But felt I might leave that for a few months until I have honed my technique.
Well, did my first cook on my new KJ Classic. It went pretty well, but I think I put the food on too early from when I lit it. I was able to hold the temps at 405* very steady. Once I got to 120*, I pulled the steaks and opened it up to get the temps up. Got it to about 600* and put the steaks back on. They did have a bit of a creasote taste to them, which is why I think I put them on to early. Not sure the KJ lump was burning clean enough yet. Am I wrong on why I got the bitterness? Pics below:
I just got my Akorn JR and I'm excited to join the community and make some delicious food. I was originally looking for the full sized model but based on the timing and missed sales, I decided I'd just pick up a JR and learn how to use that and then grab a full sized Akorn when they are on sale next year . After my first attempt at pizza which burned to crisp and some further reading on the forum (temperature way too hot) I think I'm ready to give it another try. Since my wife and I are trying to start low carb to drop a few lbs, I am hoping I can get a lot of use out of this little grill.