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  • Troutman
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    • Aug 2017
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    • OUTDOOR COOKERS

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    Vortex Cherry Bombed A Large Batch of Chicken

    Had some folks lay over for the weekend on their way back to Austin and the wife wanted me to cook some chicken (her marinade) along with her cooking some Filipino dishes. She got a dozen leg quarters and about two dozen drums from the store and marinaded them over night in her Inosol marinade (soy, lemon juice, 7UP, lemon grass, salt and pepper). I took them out in the morning and put the pieces on two racks to dry in the fridg. Here is the first batch, the leg quarters. I hit them up with Oak Ridge Secret Weapon seasoning.....

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    ....fired up my Vortex with a full load of KBB and let it get up to temp. Was reading in the high 490s on my grate probe when I put the chicken on, screaming hot. After about a half hour they were looking really good. The Vortex was doing a great job but consuming briquettes like mad so had to keep feeding the flame. Gave them a flip and cooked them for another half hour .......

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    ...probed with my Thermopen at 175* so pulled them and let them rest while I wnet on to batch #2....

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    Batch number two were the drums. Same marinade and same seasoning, ready to go on the grill......

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    .....Vortex began to cool somewhat, probably down to about 425* for this cook. Also tried something I hadn't done before, I added a good size chuck of mesquite wood which did smolder for about 15 minutes and gave me some nice smoke for this batch. Flavor came through just right.....

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    ....the results were the same, with the smaller pieces getting done in about 50 minutes total......

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    All in all I really like the way the Vortex does chicken. Golden brown, nice crispy bite through skin, tender and juicy inside. Can't ask for more than that. After years of cooking chicken 325-350*, getting it up over 400* (if you can) is really the way to go. As you can see above I had no significant burning and the result was outstanding. If you have a kettle you need to buy this little $30 accessory, it really works well for me.

    TROUTMAN STEVE SIGNING OUT !!!!!

  • Steve B
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    • Jun 2016
    • 3222
    • 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
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    #2
    Yup that Vortex is a beast. Where did you get that grate? I like it.
    Nice looking chicken too.

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      That's the Weber Gourmet Grate, center section removed. Get it on Amazon for $35. I believe it's standard with the Performer but not sure. Love the fact that it's a heavier gauge grate as well.

    • Steve B
      Steve B commented
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      Is it stainless?

    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      No I looked for a stainless one but couldn't find one. It's chrome plates steel.
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13831
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
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      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #3
    Great job.

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Thanks !!
  • DeusDingo
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1158
    • Madison, WI
    • Weber Q320 grill
      Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 Propane Smoker
      Maverick and thermo Pen thermometers

    #4
    those look pretty amazing. i wish my wife liked legs...this cook looks fun!

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Legs and thighs are what we like, just dark meat. No one likes breast meat in my clan.
  • fzxdoc
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 5457
    • My toys:
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      Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
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    #5
    That chicken looks so yummy. I'm just sorry that I'm reading this at lunchtime and can't fire up my WSCGC at the moment.

    I enjoy every single one of your writeups, Troutman . This one is particularly fun to read because it involves waking the MCS beast once again.

    Thanks!

    Kathryn

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Thanks for your continued kind words Ms. Kathryn. It's a cheap accessory so the MCS itch doesn't need to be scratched too badly

    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      I'll barely feel it, I'm sure, Troutman.
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 8513
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    #6
    You signed out in style! Bravo!

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Well I'm a stylish kind of guy
  • FishTalesNC
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 1265
    • Durham, NC

    • Cookers
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    #7
    Love your chicken posts! They were my motivation for getting a vortex for father’s day. This makes me that much more anxious to make it happen. Hope my chicken looks half this good!

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      You're going to love the results. The only issue I have is the mess, chicken grease everywhere even with a heavy foiled bottom. YUCK !!!
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 6545
    • Virginia
    • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
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      Cold beer

    #8
    Very nice! Thanks!!!

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    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Thanks Hawk
  • kamadoRob
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 225
    • Brighton, CO
    • Chargriller Acorn
      Maverick ET-732

    #9
    That chicken looks so good! Beautiful color.

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    • TripleB
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 935
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      #10
      Those look FANTASTIC!!!! I have a vortex and I know what I'm grilling this weekend. Delicioso

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      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 8513
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        #11
        Well ya know there Trout buddy, to clean the mess ya just have to get some Cackleberry Gunk Remover, available at a store near you.

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        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          Yea just got me some good ole Cackleberry on the ole dub ya dub ya inter web site and a great big scraper and some elbow high vinyl gloves. Fixing to git after it
      • tRidiot
        Club Member
        • Dec 2015
        • 768
        • NE OK
        • Traeger BBQ124
          Yoder YS480
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        #12
        Fabulous. I really needa get me one o' them Weber kettles.

        Comment

        • treesmacker
          Club Member
          • May 2018
          • 1025
          • Grants Pass OR
            • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
            • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
            • Cuisinart 360 Griddle
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          #13
          Amazing good looking chicken. I gave my kettle to my son a few years back, so maybe will get this for him.

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          • Polarbear777
            Club Member
            • Sep 2016
            • 1911

            #14
            I don’t see my vortex getting that high but I haven’t used the foil. Are you getting extra airflow somehow?

            Im sure I could modify a fan port but I might be accused of overkill and would probably get way too hot.

            I do like 450+ better if I can get there with a simple solution.

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            • Polarbear777
              Polarbear777 commented
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              If I put the pit bull fan on it and use the foil... sounds like a test is in order.

              Air blown charcoal in the dragon insanity chimney maxes out my IR thermo at 1500+. Anything Aluminum doesn’t like that and some stainless loses corrosion resistance. Some coated steel grates become just steel grates.

            • grantgallagher
              grantgallagher commented
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              Troutman do you have a good walkthrough for setting up the foil properly? Never used a vortex and after seeing this thread i of course had to order one, lol.

            • Troutman
              Troutman commented
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              Seam together two pieces of heavy duty foil, enough to cover the entire bottom of the kettle. Place the vortex onto the foil in the center of the grate. Take a sharp knife or box cutter and cut around the foil to expose the grate under the vortex. Simple as that.
          • JakeT
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            • Mar 2018
            • 682
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              Bernzomatic w/ Mapp Gas

            #15
            As usual beautiful cook!

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