I’m finally pulled the trigger & bought an IKamand. I feel KJ worked out all of the major kinks. I’m also getting weary of the bit and piece involved in the CyberQ Wifi.
It was time to make the plunge. I was a little disappointed that you can’t buy food probes separately from the grill probe. I guess the worst case scenario is having a back-up for a failed grate probe if one fails.
It feels like a strange omit not to sell separate food probes. The IKamand should arrive sometime this week.
I have lately been researching about temperature controllers for Kamados. Several alternatives are out there and each of them have their fan base. A lot of the information available is based on feeling and intuition, which is great. However, I miss a repository of information based on factual data of the controller's performance provided by users. This is the intention of this thread and hopefully, it will serve to educate the audience, firstly on how to make the choice when buying a temperature controller and secondly how to best use them.
I have put together a set of questions for the people to answer that will help fellow BBQers immersed into the temperature controllers world.
Thank you all in advance for supporting this research project!
1. What Kamado cooker you are using?
2. What temperature controller do you have?
3. What are your vent and fan settings on your Kamado? (Pictures when available)
4. Where do you place your ambient probe for temperature control? (Pictures when available)
5. At what point on your cook you let the controller to take over
6. Please share the graph from your temperature control with eventual fan output
7. What do you love about your controller?
8. What would you improve about your controller?
9. Anything else you want to share
10. And last but not least, share pictures of your cook
This past weekend I attempted my first cook of baby back ribs on my new Kamado Joe Classic II. I read on this forum that the 2-2-1 cooking method was the best option but my ribs came out dry. I would say that half of my 2 slabs were too dry. I used the EasyBBQ thermometer to monitor the temperature and the rib meat got to a temp of 212 and I was able to keep grill temp between 250 to 280 degrees. What did I do wrong? Is the rib temp of 212 too high? Were my grill temps too high? Also, I did use the deflector plates to produce indirect heat. I would appreciate any feedback or tips. Thanks.
I always build my fire and let the Big Joe stabilize at my target temperature before I let the iKamand take over. Anyone put in a fire cube get the coal hot then let the iKamand take over from there? I never do this because I'm afraid of overshooting my target temperature. Sure would be nice to light a starter cube then let the iKamand take control from there.
Struggling with this one... I love using my Kamado for low & slow cooks however with two young kids I struggle to find the time. I’m trying to determine the best approach for a “set it & forget it” option. I am looking to either purchase a temp controller such as an iKamand that I will have to figure out how to rig to my old school Kamado Co. or just bite the bullet and purchase a pellet smoker. The way I see it, one of these controller’s is going to run me $250. Maybe I’m better off dropping another few hundred and getting a pellet set up considering the application will be primarily for low & slow smoking. Any suggestions on the preferred option? If you’re leaning towards the pellet smoker option, any recommendations? My top 3 based solely on internet research is Rec Tec, Traeger and Grilla. Thanks for your feedback! -J