In this video, you will find all of the information necessary to properly unbox and assemble your new Kamado Joe Classic III grill. I didn't think to make a video for the first one, so thought I would share tips I picked up from doing it a second time around.
As the title suggests, I am looking for help getting my Akorn to act the way I want it to for smoking purposes.
I have the smoking stone, use a water pan, and lower my dampers until it basically snuffs out my fire, but I cannot seem to keep my Akorn at 225.
Now, I will admit that I am new to smoking and that there is a lot to be learned, but I have read tons of guides and watched videos and replicated them to my best ability, but still cannot get it to work for me.
Currently, my process is this:
Open dampers all the way
Fill bottom of grill full of hardwood lump
Light with cotton balls soaked in alcohol
Toss in a couple chunks of hickory
Place my smoking stone
Place my water pan
Close lid and let set until 150
Close dampers halfway until 180
Close dampers again halfway until 210
Close dampers halfway one last time to about .5 on top and bottom.
1 of 2 things happens here. Either the temp keeps building to nearly 300 or the fire dies.
I play with the dampers making very small .5 adjustments to try and finagle it, but I cannot seem to get it right.
When I do seem to get the temps in a semi stable range around 230-260 (after LOTS of adjustments), after about an hour I go to spritz my meat with some apple juice and the temps take off again (Obviously because I just fed it a lot of oxygen) and never seem to come back down.
I have read about this "volcano" method of lighting the coals, but I literally have not found any videos or pictures on how to set that up.
Basically, I have no idea what I am doing wrong and I could use someone being critical of my process to give me some advice and direction.
Fired up the KJ for some NY Strip Steaks last night. I'd have to say...best steak I've had, hands down.
Got the steaks from a Stripling's General Store here in town. Seasoned with some Lane's BBQ Brisket rub. Put a block of Hickory in the fire.
1. Got the grill up to around 300º while seasoning.
2. First time using my ThermoPro wireless thermometer. It definitely gave me the flexibility of hanging out inside while getting up to temp!
3. Got the steaks to 125º and pulled them off and tented with aluminum foil.
4. Opened up the vents and aimed to get to 550-600º for the sear.
5. "I have made fire!"
6. Looking tasty! It smelled so good.
7. Plated with some spinach salad and a twice baked potato from Striplings.
8. Look at that color!
I'd have to say...this is my fourth cook on my KJ since buying it for Father's Day and everything I make on it is amazing. My wife looked at my across the table while eating and said, "I see why you wanted to spend so much money on a grill. This is delicious!"
If only she would have that logic when I try to convince her I want to buy a truck...haha
Fired up the Kamado Joe today for some baby back ribs. Followed the video @John Setzler posted on YouTube. My rack ended up being a little smaller than the one in the video so I never quite got the bend test, but these were definitely some of the best ribs I have ever had. Pics below!
Baby Back Ribs
Rub: A custom one made by Lanes BBQ (a local BBQ place located in Bethlehem, GA). On Father's Day our church gave out a custom rub Lane's made to all the dads. It was great!!
Sauce: Sweet Baby Ray's diluted with some apple juice
Cook time: 5ish hours
Smoked with some cherry blocks
1. Put them on the grill around 12:30PM
2. ~2 hours into cook
3. Profile shot (~3 hours)
4. Gettin' saucy (~4 hours)
5. Nice color and glaze. This was right before I took them off.
6. Plated w/ roasted broccoli and cauliflower plus roll
8. Fall off the bone!
9. Gotta shoutout to one of my favorite breweries and they are located 5 min away: Terrapin Beer!
Really enjoyed this cook today. Excited to take the leftovers and make a hash with them in the morning!