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Hello, new guy here with new (first) Kamado. Looking forward to learning all about Kamado cooking:

So first cook today on the Kamado Joe Jr - pork ribs.

Good lessons learned:


- Cooking grill is 13.5 inches in diameter. Gotta cut the ribs to fit the grill - or buy a smaller rack.


- A corollary - smaller pieces of meat cook faster than large pieces - doh.


- If you use some wood chips be careful they might just catch fire and drive the grill up to 400 when you’re shooting for 275. Leave the wood chips out until you have more experience.


- Once the grill overheats it’s tough to cool it off but a wet towel on the exterior of the dome helps.


- If you’re looking to cook at 275 seems better to cook at 250 rather than 290. You can just cook a little longer.

- Low, slow cooking requires more beer.


- Good lessons from the first rodeo.


Oh, yeah the ribs are still good just not exactly what I’m looking for.

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12 hours ago, lnarngr said:

I would like a Jr! 

I have a classic. 

Try a single moderately-sized wood chunk instead of chips. 

Honestly, 290° is fine when looking for 275°.

Good Luck and Welcome! 

Thanks for the response. Roger on the 290 degrees. I was using applewood chunks. I was rolling along at around 280 and went to get an adult beverage. When I returned my temp had shot up to 400. Enough time had gone by that the ribs were pretty charred at that point, only an hour or so into the cook. I couldn't recover from there - the damage had been done.


I ran a test the day before (without cooking any meat) to make sure I knew how to control the temp. That went well - I was holding at 280 for several hours ok. But then dumb me changed the basics by adding the apple chunks on cooking day. In retrospect I probably used too many wood chunks and should have saved that step until I had a couple of good smokes under my belt.


I specifically got the JR to take with me in the RV. I like the size, portability and included tabletop stand.


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Welcome Jim. I  Should't laugh at someone ones learning experiences  but it was humorous  . The important thing was your lesson learned statement Mistakes give us knowledge and maybe a scar or 2. As for the ribs cut the rack in half. you can use a rib rack if needed. Look in the start here forum for John's kamado book of knowledge.  Good luck and have a cold one for me 

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