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2 zone on a Smokey Joe

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    2 zone on a Smokey Joe

    Experimental Wednesday:
    So I had a bunch of 'fresh' mushrooms that weren't so fresh any more. Not inedible, but certainly not to be consumed raw.
    I know! I'll use them to stuff some boneless, rolled chicken thighs!
    And I did..
    Hyvee (my local grocer) currently has their Bare (naked) chicken thighs on sale, with a 5¢ per gallon deal on your gas card. So, I bought a package, boned them out, and put the chopped up mushrooms in them and rolled the up and tied them. Meathead has details of boning and rolling chicken thighs on the site. - Search.
    Now comes the experimental part. I have never tried to cook 2 zone on a Smokey Joe. But I always burn chicken on the outside and leave it raw on the inside when I try to grill it direct. So, I took a Walmart® disposable loaf pan and filled it with water. I put it on the fire grate of the Joe and filled the area behind it with hot coals. (hint, 3/4 chimney was more than I needed.) Then, I put the chicken rollups over the water pan and let them go until the internal temp reached 165°F, (Used my trusty thermopop instant read digital thermometer, but it was about 24 minutes.)
    Experiment was a success. Chicken is gone, Mushrooms are gone, and I can cook 2 zone on the Joe.
    Last edited by cjonsmoke; June 24, 2015, 07:24 PM. Reason: uplicated text

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    Cool! I love the little Joe. I tend to use only a dozen coals in warm weather, 14 or 16 in cold weather. I light about half of them and the other half are unlit, works perfect.

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      #3
      Good to know, I'm still planning on what cooker to take tailgating this year, the Smokey Joe is up there.

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        #4
        Good info, I use Smokey as a "side burner" for my BGE. Did you snap a photo?

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          #5
          Sorry, no photo. When I grill, I tend to use most of a Weber chimney full, with about a dozen new brickettes and the rest used and saved. This was my first time with 2 zone, and I had about 3/4th chimney, and it was overkill. Next time, 1/2 chimney with a dozen fresh bricks and the rest used.

          Thinking I'll buy a cheap aluminium loaf pan to replace the disposable. For 88 cents at WM, no reason not to cut down on waste.
          Last edited by cjonsmoke; June 27, 2015, 07:22 PM.

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            #6
            Good info! Good job!

            --Ed

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