Bought A Kamado Style Cooker.........

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2012/06/24 11:05:47 (permalink)

Bought A Kamado Style Cooker.........

Been researching Kamado cookers for awhile now.. looked at most of them, and decided on the Char Griller Akorn.
 
Not ceramic, so not as costly, or as heavy, as the Green Egg.....and it works great....I've never cooked on a ceramic Kamado style cooker so I'm going by my first cook yesterday on the Akorn. Did a rack of ribs, and they came out great. It'll take me some time top master temp control but for the first time I thought I did pretty well.
 
Temp stayed right around 250-300 and I let them smoke for just under five hours. my only complaint....I went a little heavy on the Tony's, so they were a little to salty....nice and tender with just the right amount of chew. I used a few chunks of Hickory, and the rack had a nice smoke flavor.
 
The cooker was very easy to put together, I only dropped the F bomb once when I dropped a screw and it went through the rails of my deck....gone forever.
 
I'm doing a chicken today, spatchcocked over direct heat. I'll try and post a few pictures of the yard bird, no pics of the ribs, but here are a few of the Akorn...
 

 

 

 

 

 
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 11:30:08 (permalink)
    That looks like a nice grill/smoker.  Great idea of Char-Griller to price it where it become affordable to more people.  Being less weight and more durable than a BGE is also a major advantage.
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 14:14:10 (permalink)
    Rebel,
     
    I hope you continue to post on this thread with pix of the results.  Growing up in NYC in the 50's & 60's we knew nothing of BBQ.  My dad was given a gift of a Kamado back in the mid-60's from a Japanese friend (long story). When we used it it was for direct grilling.  Wish I had that thing now.
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 17:09:34 (permalink)
    kozel

    Rebel,

    I hope you continue to post on this thread with pix of the results.  Growing up in NYC in the 50's & 60's we knew nothing of BBQ.  My dad was given a gift of a Kamado back in the mid-60's from a Japanese friend (long story). When we used it it was for direct grilling.  Wish I had that thing now.

     
    Well my Yard Bird turned out fantastic........I'll post pics in a bit. I think I'm falling in love with this thing... Man O Man O Manischewitz... to have a vintage kamado....WOW!

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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 17:37:46 (permalink)
    Try a pork loin, smoke it to 135 internal...great eating!
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 17:39:26 (permalink)
    That looks great!  My favorite on my egg is a butterflied chicken.
     
    Cooked direct at 350º die 50 - 60 minutes.
     
    I love the set up.
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 17:42:38 (permalink)
    Woops, it sounds like you're doing my favorite recipe.
     
     
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 18:42:16 (permalink)
    Well the Yard Bird turned out fantastic!
     

    Herbs and some Garlic for under the skin....
     

    Chopped up with some Olice Oil and S&P....
     

    Ready for the Akorn..
     

    Why not a couple Yukon Golds with the same herbs and Oilve Oil....
     

    Fire started...
     

     
    Skin side down for 15 minutes.....
     

    Another 15-20 minutes.....
     

    Yukons perfect.
     

    Yard Bird perfect...
     

     

    My Sous Chef...
     

     
     
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 19:08:30 (permalink)
    Pretty doggie.
     
    Chicken looks great!  I'll have to try the potatoes.
     
    Do you eat the chicken back?  I freeze mine for soup.
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/24 19:22:09 (permalink)
    I do.....my Old Man used to say, before he left this shi*ty world, that the back was the best piece of the Bird.....I guess I agree!
     
    I should mention I have a diffuser set up (I use a charcoal grate from a Weber Kettle Grll and a 16 inch pizza pan). I removed the pizza pan and covered half the Weber grate with foil....I cooked the Yukons over the foiled part of the grate....
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/25 10:45:13 (permalink)
    The Akorn seems to be catching on.  There are several owners on a barbecue site I frequent and so far they're reporting positive results, much like your fine-looking chicken.
     
    Although I think that if I brought one home my Webers would conspire against me.
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/25 16:14:42 (permalink)
    I'm definitely going to look into getting one. Thanks for posting this rebel!
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    Re:Bought A Kamado Style Cooker......... 2012/06/26 07:16:36 (permalink)
    Made a batch of Pizza Dough...doing pizza's on the Akorn tomorrow, Thurs, and Friday...gonna fire this puppy up and see how hot she'll get....most of what I've read says 650-700' isn't going to be a problem...perfect for a nice Pizza Margarita!
     
    Will post a few pic's....
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