Posted 08 March 2017 - 07:31 PM
I know there are many competitors, and I am sure they are just as good. I really like the thermal mass of the Kamado grills. Have cooked some bitchen rib-eyes & grilled corn on the cob, smoked a very excellent brisket, and wood fire cooked a couple of pizzas, one store bought frozen, the other a bit more home-made.
Observations so far.
- Crazy thrifty on fuel. I filled the firebox with about 12 lb of lump coal, and by the end of the 12 hour smoke (the brisket was a ~9 lb full packer) I had about 1/3 of the fuel left. This was judged the next day after coals were cold.
- In line with the above, there was about only about a cup of ash residue to clean out, again very efficient.
- The smoker temp was manually regulated to 250 deg, probably +/- 5 deg for the brisket. The egg really does hold stable temp!
- Brisket was very juicy and had a presentable smoke ring.
- The steaks came off perfect, but I cheat as they were about a 2" cut, so I use a Classic Thermapen to check for doneness, 135 deg for me. Perfect grill marks and stellar taste.
- The pizza's were very tasty cooked on the open fire.
- Temperatures were very stable at all temps from low and slow (250 deg for ~12 hrs) to the pizza 425 deg for ~45 minutes, and I think the steaks were about 550 deg, but didn't note the temp
As I said above, probably any Kamado will cook comparably due to the appreciable thermal mass (my XL Egg probably tips the scale at 200+ lb) and developing an even temperature distribution. I am now a big fan, and that is after many years of skepticism. But after becoming disenchanted with losing/replacing my metal charcoal grills every 2-3 years to rust, I decided to give one a try. Not exterior rust mind you, the interior parts would break down from the heat. I do use them a couple times a week though, so I probably got my $ worth from them anyway. The Kamado, at least preliminarily, has exceeded my (cooking) expectations.
What the fuck
Posted 08 March 2017 - 07:34 PM
Oh, I was able to hit about 750 deg on the grill, but that was by accident. The rapidity of coal ignition caught me off guard the first time I used it. Takes a long time to come off that high heat.
What the fuck
Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:26 AM
I've had one for 2 years, I like if for most things. I use an electric smoker, set it and forget it type of deal.
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