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  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2595
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Enjoying my new kettle

    Now I get why so many people are so enthusiastic about cooking on a kettle. My 4th cook on the kettle and with a fair breeze in the windy city of Port Elizabeth things went like a breeze. Even though I am still a learner driver on the kettle I wanted to try something different with my cook and smoked in the 300 to 320F range. I usually run my vertical gasser at 240.
    Used real charcoal clumps not briquettes and not too sure if I will again as they burn a lot faster than briquettes but then again I find the briquettes we get have a paraffin type of smell and I detect same flavour in the meat when done. It’s not bad but I have a dislike for it.
    I had to place more charcoal about 5 hours into the cook and after doing that my kettle ran slightly higher than my target temp for an hour or so.
    Total cook time for pork belly (MMD) was around 4 hours and the beef short rib (S&P) close to 8 hours.
    The pork belly was excellent.
    The beef rib was bought for me when I did the 40th birthday party 2 weeks back and I already had determined before that cook that the meat was substandard and I wasn’t expecting a good result this time either. I did pull the ribs a little early when the temp was at 195 and only the bottom muscle was probe tender.
    The top muscle was dry and the bottom reasonably tender and moist. I fear it needed to go that little extra and rest in cambro, unfortunately neither happened. I know it should but time wasn’t on my side. “Loadshedding” was to happen and the family was hungry. Naturally they all said the beef was good but I know better.

    That said I love cooking on my kettle even with all its small faults.

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  • SmokeyGator
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 832
    • Miami, FL
    • Primo XL
      Cyberq controller
      Sierra Nevada IPA

    #2
    The classic kettle is still around for a good reason

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    • rwalters
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 413
      • TN
      • MAK 2 Star - MAK 3 Star - Camp Chef FTG900

        I am not a vegetarian, but I eat animals that are

      #3
      Killer cook! Gotta love the kettle

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      • xaugievike
        Club Member
        • Jan 2017
        • 732
        • Chicagoland
        • Weber Genesis 300 series
          Weber Summit Charcoal With custom grill center
          Primo XL 400
          Blackstone 22" TableTop Griddle
          Ooni Pro Pizza oven

        #4
        if only I'd known the capabilities of these simple things back when I was burning hot-dogs and overcooking burgers perhaps I wouldn't have spent so much money on other junk just to circle back to what I already had. Then again, the journey is the fun part of the story.

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        • Jerod Broussard
          Moderator
          • Jun 2014
          • 10031
          • East Texas
          • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
            Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
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            Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
            Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
            Weber Smokey Joe Gold
            Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
            Vortex
            Maverick ET-732 White
            Maverick ET-732 Copper
            2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
            Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
            Thermoworks Timestick
            Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
            B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
            B & B Pellets

          #5
          Beast of a beef rib, sure you didn't raise a mammoth?

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          • holehogg
            holehogg commented
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            Was about 5.5 pounds but disappointing quality
        • HawkerXP
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 6335
          • Virginia
          • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
            Thermopops
            Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
            Slo n Sear
            Cold beer

          #6
          Super!

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          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 13550
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
              SNS
              Pizza insert
              Rotisserie
              Smokenator 1000
              Cookshack Smokette Elite
              2 Thermapens
              Chefalarm
              Dot
              lots of probes.
              CyberQ

            #7
            Kettles rock!

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            • ecowper
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 3660
              • 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

              #8
              I think I’m gonna get a kettle just because they are fun!

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              • Deaf Arty
                Deaf Arty commented
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                Do it! You won't regret it.

              • holehogg
                holehogg commented
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                Fun they are.
            • Fire Art
              Club Member
              • Jan 2018
              • 988
              • Jackson hole Wyoming

              #9
              You rock that cook it looks Delicious and Nutritious

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              • Troutman
                Club Member
                • Aug 2017
                • 7810
                • 1521

                • OUTDOOR COOKERS

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                  SOUS VIDE

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                #10
                Topper definitely gives his seal of approval!!

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                • holehogg
                  holehogg commented
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                  Thank you Sir but my approval for belly only.
              • JGo37
                Club Member
                • Apr 2018
                • 1581
                • the LOU
                • Cookers:

                  22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
                  CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
                  Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
                  Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
                  Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'

                  Accessories:

                  Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
                  BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
                  OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
                  Smokenator
                  Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
                  SnS
                  Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

                  My Helpers:

                  Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
                  Instant Pot 6Q Duo
                  Nesco Tabletop Roaster
                  & the PIT!

                #11
                Definitely upgrade your upper grate to one with hinges for reloading fuel. If you have the 22.5 kettle, consider the gourmet grate system. You'll double your kettle happiness with either.

                The pic below shows a centered indirect cook using both of the $ 15.00 / set Weber briquette baskets. Some don't like them, but I do although I have the more expensive fuel cages on my performer. I used a cookie sheet cut in half to create the zones.

                When you setup this way, spin the lid so the upper vent is at 12:00 o'clock and the outer temp gauge at 6:00.

                These are shots of the setup for Lucille's first cook, a big pork picnic. I put 1" of water in the 13" x 9" drip tray.

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                • marshall
                  marshall commented
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                  is there really any setup you don't have!!

                • ecowper
                  ecowper commented
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                  That kettle looks suspiciously clean

                • holehogg
                  holehogg commented
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                  Was thinking you were going to end off by saying don't worry I have a few extras of each they're in the post (not this post). Ever impressive setup. I've done the foil tray thing too.Looking into extras now that I've bonded with my "loosewheel"
              • JGo37
                Club Member
                • Apr 2018
                • 1581
                • the LOU
                • Cookers:

                  22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
                  CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
                  Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
                  Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
                  Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'

                  Accessories:

                  Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
                  BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
                  Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
                  OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
                  Smokenator
                  Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
                  SnS
                  Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

                  My Helpers:

                  Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
                  Instant Pot 6Q Duo
                  Nesco Tabletop Roaster
                  & the PIT!

                #12
                ecowper not any more...

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                • ecowper
                  ecowper commented
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                  Nice!
              • JeffJ
                Charter Member
                • Feb 2015
                • 2458
                • Michigan
                • Jeff

                #13
                It's amazing how little the kettle has changed over the course of several decades. They kind of just nailed it out of the gate.

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