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MCS continues!!! KAMADO JOE Jr, Joins the ranks!!

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  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10889
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

      ********************************************
      Assistants
      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)
      ************************

      Grills/Smokers/Fryers
      Big Green Egg (Large) X3
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      ******************.
      Thermometers
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
      **************

      Accessories
      Big Green Egg Plate Setter
      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

      Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
      Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

      Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
      Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
      Eggspander Kit X2
      Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

      Finex Cat Iron Line
      FireBoard Drive
      Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
      Grill Grates
      Joule Water Circulator
      KBQ Fire Grate

      Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
      Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
      Large Vortex
      Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
      Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
      Smithey No. 12
      Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
      Stargazer No.10, 12
      Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
      Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
      ********************************
      Fuel
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
      **************************

      Cutlery
      Buck 119 Special
      Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Global
      Shun
      Wusthof
      *******
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    #16
    Histrix
    Thanks for your words of wisdom today!! I have the Joe running right now. She is holding strong at 230 F. I am just doing a dry run. This rig definitely heats up slower that my KEG. I wasn't sure if there thermo was working!! But I already like it more. the lower damper is really solid and slides tight. (Not the case with my KEG. There is a little play in it. ) So far I am very impressed with the build quality. I would like to do some small 4 or 5 pounds butts on the Jr which should fit perfect, if the 9 lber was a bit tight. but its great to know that I can scale up if needed.

    And thank you for the links too. I got this primarily to do searing for my SV cooks. I didn't like the idea of having to fire up the 18' KEG just to sear for a minute each side. I can do much more efficient searing with this lil' monster.

    I am going to get the ash basket, for sure. They were out of the Jrs at my supply store so I will have to order that one.

    Thanks Again buddy, your the man............and everyone else that commented and abetted my most recent relapse into MCS!!
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    WE ARE GONNA GET ALONG JUST GREAT!!

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    • Skip
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 3609
      • Blue Earth, Minnesota
      • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

      #17
      Hey Spinaker Congratulations on the KJ!! Have fun with it.

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Hey, Thanks Skip!! Chilly down in Blue Earth? Nice to have a bit of a break from the arctic air, eh?

      • Skip
        Skip commented
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        Yes good cooking weather for MN in Jan. You will like the KJ and Ash Basket. Try a pizza sometime.
    • Steve B
      Club Member
      • Jun 2016
      • 3111
      • Rockland county New York
      • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
        Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

        22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

        Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

        1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
        1 maverick et-733 - gray
        1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
        1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
        1 thermoworks thermopop - red

        Pre Miala flavor injector
        taylor digital scale
        TSM meat grinder
        chefs choice food slicer
        cuisinhart food processor
        food saver vacuum sealer
        TSM harvest food dehydrator

      #18
      Damn, you had to show me more pics of that little sucker. Now you've really got me thinking. I'm looking forward to seeing how that little baby holds temps where you are at in MN. That might just make up my mind for cold weather cooks. Please show some pics when you get cooking. Thanks man.

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        I've had it going for about 6 hours now..........still holding at a solid 225 F. This sucker is rock solid........6 F ambient temp.
    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 6142
      • Virginia
      • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
        Thermopops
        Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
        Slo n Sear
        Cold beer

      #19
      Congrats! Looks sweet.

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      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        Thanks Hawk!! I am pretty pumped about getting one of the last black ones.
    • carolts
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 245
      • Cookers:
        KBQ C-60C
        Primo Jr. + accessories
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        Weber Genesis propane
        Vintage PK Grill
        Frontgate portable infrared grill
        Propane Lobster/Corn cooker
        Magma Marine Kettle 2 Grill and Stove Party Size

        Gadgets:
        Looftlighter
        Weber charcoal chimney
        Chimney of Insanity
        BBQ Dragon
        BBQ Guru Party Q
        GrillGrates for all grills (including custom set for Primo)
        iGrill2 and iGrill mini
        Backlit Thermapen
        Stainless smokebox for gas grill
        sawdust "maze" for cold smoking

        Coffee stuff:
        Gene Cafe CBR101 Coffee Roaster
        Toddy cold brew coffee maker
        Cuisinart burr grinder
        KitchenAid blade grinder (with spice grinder attachments)

        And, while cooking:
        Harpoon IPA
        Tuckerman's Pale Ale
        Wachusett Light IPA
        Dogfish Head American Beauty
        Bent Water Thunderfunk

      #20
      I've recently rediscovered how much I like my ceramic Primo Jr, so I know you're gonna put your KJ through its paces. We did a flank steak on the Primo last night. It's always a fight between the Primo and PK, with the Primo getting the nod for smaller long low-n-slow (especially now with the Party Q!).

      Congrats on your new toy, and I love the stand!

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      • JCBBQ
        JCBBQ commented
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        Funny, this thread got me thinking about a Jr. I'm just thinking w the divider on the XL I don't really need anything smaller. What're your thoughts carolts?
    • Powersmoke_80
      Founding Member
      • Aug 2014
      • 886
      • Bay City, Michigan
      • Vintage Brinkmann Longhorn Offset Stick burner (newest addition)
        Weber 22 w/SnS
        Brinkmann Pellet Grill W/ Ortech TR-100
        Vermont Castings, gas
        Masterbuilt smoker, gas
        Future build, 80 gallon tank hybrid, pellet/stick burner
        iGrill black, dual probe thermometer
        Thermapen instant read
        Polder,Speed Read instant thermometer
        Favorite Beer, Yeungling Black&Tan

      #21
      Congrats on the new purchase, Baby Back Maniac had a vid on BGE minimax not sure if relevant to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUCocNEbKSs

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      • ecowper
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 3568
        • Maple Valley, WA
        • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
          Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

          Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
          Thermometer = Maverick ET732
          Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
          Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
          Thermapen Classic = Grey
          PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

          Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
          Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
          Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
          Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

          Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


          Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

        #22
        tbob4 so glad I could help you with your MCS acquisitions! Spinaker, that's an awesome pickup. Like others have said, I'm sure you can do a whole pork butt, a couple chickens, a smaller turkey, chuck roasts, and so on with that 13.5" grate. That's the same size as the small WSM and I know folks fit whole pork butts on those.

        Can't wait to see your first cook with it.

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        • jgg85234
          Charter Member
          • Nov 2014
          • 738
          • Gilbert, AZ (Suburb of Phoenix)
          • *Cooking Equipment
            Kamado Joe Classic in Eucalyptus Table (2016)
            Kamado Joe Joetisserie (2017)
            Weber 22.5" Kettle (K Date Code - 1988) Wooden handles/wood side table
            Adrenaline BBQ Company Slow n Sear #61
            Adrenaline BBQ Company Drip n Griddle
            Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5" (2014)
            *Controllers
            Flame Boss 200
            *Thermometers
            Thermapen MK4 (Red)
            Thermopop (Red)
            Thermoworks TW8060 with grill and meat probes
            *Favorite Whisky - Knockando Speyside Single Malt
            *Favorite Red Wine - Clos du Bois Marlstone
            *Favorite White Wine - Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay
            *Favorite Beer - Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar in the US) frisch vom fass
            *Favorites to grill - New York Strips or Top Sirloins, pizzas are fun too
            *Favorites to smoke - Baby Back or St. Louis Ribs, Pork Butts, Standing Rib Roast, Strip Loin Roast, Tri-Tip, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Loin, Cornish Hens

          #23
          Congrats on the purchase Spinaker . Someday I'll add one of those to my KJ Classic. But, since I got the red classic, I'll probably add the red Jr. Or, just get the floor deal at a Costco road show, and buy the floor model of the Big Joe. The person who buys the demo also gets the floor model Jr. as a free add-in. I could name them Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear

          BTW, if anyone really wants a black KJ Jr., check any local area Ace Hardware stores that are carrying any KJ stuff. I've got 2 Ace stores relatively near, and they both have black KJ Jr. units as their floor demo. They don't stock the bigger ones, but they've got the small one on the floor. One has it for $450 and the other at $400. Never had charcoal, and still have warranties. I don't think they sell the Jr. units very often, so they just stay on the floor as samples.

          Jim

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          • GadjetGriller
            Club Member
            • Dec 2015
            • 744
            • Lubbock tx
            • I have 3 outdoor devices (plus a couple indoor items) Starting with the PBC, Faux Kamado Kooker,(Akorn metal Kamado) & Oklahoma Joe offset grill and smoker. I use the FireBoard WiFi Thermometer. IQ110 (heat control device for akorn) recently acquired a Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-INFRARED 3-in-1 Roaster, Smoker and Grill, I also have A Anova & Joule Sous Vide Wands and The Steakager ( a unit for Dry aging big hunks of meat!)

            #24
            Dang I want a Kamado Joe so Bad! So jealous!! Enjoy that bad boy!

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            • Danjohnston949
              Former Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 4418
              • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

              #25
              Spinaker, Spin, You are going to have to build a New Deck or Patio for all Your Cookers! Perhaps You could add a Handicap Lift to Move Them! I have one and it Works Great! It would work with a hand truck to move Your Cast Iron!
              πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
              Eat Well and Prosper! From a Backyard Cremator in Fargo ND, Dan

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              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Great Set up Dan!
            • Spinaker
              Moderator
              • Nov 2014
              • 10889
              • Land of Tonka
              • John "J R"
                Instagram: JRBowlsby
                Smokin' Hound Que
                Minnesota/ United States of America

                ********************************************
                Assistants
                Dexter (Beagle mix)
                Kinnick (American Foxhound)
                ************************

                Grills/Smokers/Fryers
                Big Green Egg (Large) X3
                Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

                Karubeque C-60
                Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
                Lodge L410 Hibachi
                Pit Barrel Cooker
                Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
                R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

                Weber Spirit Gasser
                ******************.
                Thermometers
                FireBoard (Base Package)
                Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
                Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
                **************

                Accessories
                Big Green Egg Plate Setter
                Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
                Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

                Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
                Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

                Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
                Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
                Eggspander Kit X2
                Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

                Finex Cat Iron Line
                FireBoard Drive
                Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
                Grill Grates
                Joule Water Circulator
                KBQ Fire Grate

                Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
                Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
                Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
                Large Vortex
                Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
                Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
                Smithey No. 12
                Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
                Stargazer No.10, 12
                Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
                Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
                ********************************
                Fuel
                FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
                Kingsford Blue and White
                Rockwood Lump Charcoal
                Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
                **************************

                Cutlery
                Buck 119 Special
                Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

                Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
                Global
                Shun
                Wusthof
                *******
                Next Major Purchase
                Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

              #26
              I am doing my first cook on my New KJ Jr. Man, I really love this thing so far. I fired it up and within about 20 mins it was ready to go. I let it heat soak for about 30 mins and she settled in at about 250 F. I added some Hickory chunks to the charcoal.

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              Below is a picture of the ribs I am doing. I coiled them up so they could fit on to the 13 " grate. I used two 12" skewers to hold the rack in place. I am using some Oak Ridge BBQ Crucible Rub. Ghost Peppers. Lets Go! Then I covered it in light brown sugar. Here is the rack after I let it sit for a while. These are gone be killer. I am going to brush with Texas Rib Candy with about 30 mins left in the cook.
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              Here they after about an hour in the KJ jr. Looking good!
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              • ecowper
                ecowper commented
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                Looking good! If I wasn't busy cooking a pork butt, I'd come over for ribs ;-)

              • tbob4
                tbob4 commented
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                Genius.

              • carolts
                carolts commented
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                I coil ribs on my Primo Jr too. Yours looks really awesome.
            • lschweig
              Former Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 979
              • Oswego, Il

              #27
              I am wondering if I broke my nose when I did a face plant into my monitor. That looks splendiferous.

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              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Splendiferous indeed!! I just checked them, and they look amazing.
            • Skip
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 3609
              • Blue Earth, Minnesota
              • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

              #28
              Would like us to bring to pass? I would feel just a little guilty if you don't let us bring something. There are some dinner rolls in the freezer that would be thawed by the time I get there.

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              • Spinaker
                Spinaker commented
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                Hahahahaha, No chance these last that long!!!
            • hogdog6
              Charter Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 574
              • Liberty, Utah

              #29
              That little guy is sweet! Like the way ya rolled the ribs, really cool!

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              • Spinaker
                Moderator
                • Nov 2014
                • 10889
                • Land of Tonka
                • John "J R"
                  Instagram: JRBowlsby
                  Smokin' Hound Que
                  Minnesota/ United States of America

                  ********************************************
                  Assistants
                  Dexter (Beagle mix)
                  Kinnick (American Foxhound)
                  ************************

                  Grills/Smokers/Fryers
                  Big Green Egg (Large) X3
                  Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

                  Karubeque C-60
                  Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
                  Lodge L410 Hibachi
                  Pit Barrel Cooker
                  Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
                  R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

                  Weber Spirit Gasser
                  ******************.
                  Thermometers
                  FireBoard (Base Package)
                  Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
                  Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)
                  **************

                  Accessories
                  Big Green Egg Plate Setter
                  Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
                  Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

                  Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
                  Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

                  Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
                  Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
                  Eggspander Kit X2
                  Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

                  Finex Cat Iron Line
                  FireBoard Drive
                  Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
                  Grill Grates
                  Joule Water Circulator
                  KBQ Fire Grate

                  Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
                  Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
                  Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
                  Large Vortex
                  Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
                  Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
                  Smithey No. 12
                  Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
                  Stargazer No.10, 12
                  Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
                  Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
                  ********************************
                  Fuel
                  FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
                  Kingsford Blue and White
                  Rockwood Lump Charcoal
                  Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60
                  **************************

                  Cutlery
                  Buck 119 Special
                  Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

                  Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
                  Global
                  Shun
                  Wusthof
                  *******
                  Next Major Purchase
                  Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

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                A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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                Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

                Grilla pellet smoker
                FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

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                The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                NK-22-Ck Grill
                Napoleon's NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill
                Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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