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Using a smoker… plus grilling and cooking

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Posted: September 01, 2019, 6:09 PM Post
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I got a Kamado Joe from Costco. It included a cover and a box of firestarters and since I went with the floor demo so he also threw in a wok and a bag of charcoal. I'm firing it up immediately in the morning for brisket tomorrow night. I know there is a learning curve to using these things and brisket may not be the best choice to start, but bad brisket is still good brisket.


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Posted: September 02, 2019, 9:46 AM Post
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As long as you've got a wireless thermometer you shouldn't have any problems adjusting temperatures even if it's new.


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Posted: September 03, 2019, 8:18 AM Post
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Baldkin said:
I've become addicted to Sous Vide cooking.

Next step: More meal prep.


We just got a Sous Vide Cooker as a wedding gift. Any recipe recommendations?

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Posted: September 03, 2019, 8:53 AM Post
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homer said:
Baldkin said:
I've become addicted to Sous Vide cooking.

Next step: More meal prep.


We just got a Sous Vide Cooker as a wedding gift. Any recipe recommendations?


Tons!

I love doing a big pork loin in sections with whatever rub I choose then slicing and cooking chops at high heat to get a good sear on them.

This chicken shawarma recipe is amazing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXbysNDfNXM (and you don't even need skewers)

167 for three hours.

Ingredients:
10 Chicken Thighs
7 Cloves of Garlic
1 red onion peeled and ready to be processed
1/2 cup Parsley
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup lime Juice
2 tsp Chili Flakes
1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 tbsp White Pepper
2 tbsp Salt


Chicken thighs (with any seasoning) for 3 hours at 167 are divine.

Pork Carnitas tacos:
https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/201 ... ecipe.html

I did 165 for 18 hours. Was amazing.

Finished it with a large skillet, cooking to order for the people that were there.

If you want an amazing little snack, char siu pork belly is incredible.

About 2" wide strips, get some Lee Kum Kee Char Siu sauce, slather it on before hand. 175 for 6 to 8 hours, then slice into bite sized pieces and finish on the grill.

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Posted: September 03, 2019, 9:48 AM Post
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Thank you! We don't do a lot of red meat but that shawarma looks awesome.

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Posted: September 03, 2019, 12:46 PM Post
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homer said:
Thank you! We don't do a lot of red meat but that shawarma looks awesome.


Serious Eats and Sous Vide Everything have a ton of recipes out there.

Also, be sure you put hot pads beneath whatever vessel you use to sous vide, the extended heat can cause problems on some countertops/tables [smile]

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Posted: October 25, 2019, 7:14 PM Post
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If any of you are in the Madison area, I need a butcher. Costco is fine but does not have everything. I'm wanting to smoke beef ribs but I can't find bone-in at any grocery store or at Costco.


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Posted: March 11, 2020, 10:39 AM Post
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Bumping this topic with warmer temps.

I've got a Weber kettle that I use almost exclusively for smoking and a Weber gas grill for my grilling. I'm happy with them, but my kettle is junk (bent, rusting, etc) and screaming to be replaced. I've got kids that are involved in everything, which makes it difficult to babysit a kettle all day for smoking, so I've really been thinking about a pellet grill to replace the kettle. I'm aware of the downsides of them and the pros. Wondering if anyone here has a pellet that they either love or hate or somewhere in between?


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Posted: March 15, 2020, 10:37 PM Post
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I switched to a pellet grill from a charcoal smoker last year. In all fairness nothing beats the taste of charcoal, but I got tired of babysitting the thing so often, especially on long cooks. The pellet grill is just plain simple and I use it all the time.

I have the Rec-Tec 340, which is their smallest model at a 15"x20" grate size. Good for two people but I would definitely get a bigger one with family. It's one of the higher-end brands and has a lot of stainless steel in it so it *should* last a long time. I've never seen the temperature be off by more than three degrees, but you will get 20+ degree swings with cheaper models. But the Pit Boss seems to get good reviews as a cheaper model. Weber just started making a pellet grill if you're big on that brand, but I haven't heard reviews on it yet. Traeger used to be the top brand but now they're made in China. Yoder is the Cadillac brand with super-thick metal and a price tag that more than matches its reputation.

Like everything, "get what you pay for" tends to apply. Temperature swings of 30 degrees that last upward of 30 minutes seems to be a thing with cheaper models, as well as things breaking more often (typically not terribly difficult to fix yourself) and thinner metal which not only doesn't last as long but makes it harder to hold in heat.

Assuming you're in Wisconsin, lots of folks get themselves a heat-resistant blanket to put over the grill, and you'd have no real problems using it in the winter.

Many come with wi-fi now, though I already have a wi-fi thermometer and that's enough. All I'm losing out on is the ability to change temperature and turn the thing off and on remotely.

My Rec-Tec gets to about 650 degrees, so I do everything from pizza to pork shoulder on it. I only recently discovered that frozen pizza on a pellet grill is awesome. Attempts at baking with it have been mixed.

Smoke quantity is another thing that tends to improve with the price of the thing. I know a lot of folks who use a pellet tube in addition to their grill. But without it, mine still gets the smoke ring and smoke flavor and all that.

Overall the pellets aren't any more expensive than charcoal. And if you do mostly low-temp cooks, probably just slightly cheaper than charcoal.

Overall I love it and it's super easy. Now and again I'll even run the thing when I'm at work.


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Posted: March 17, 2020, 7:13 AM Post
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Rec-Tec is one of the brands I'd been looking at. The Weber Smokefire is really appealing since it's a true grill and will get up to 600 degrees, but the launch has been pretty rocky. It's been getting savaged on youtube, but I'm finding others are more enthusiastic about the product. I'm tempted to wait for the Smokefire 2.0 whenever that launches.


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Posted: March 21, 2020, 8:51 AM Post
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I just read the description of the Smokefire and if you mean "true grill" as in it'll get to 600 degrees, basically every pellet grills/smokers will do that.


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