This week marks National BBQ Week, and let’s face it, when the weathers nice, nothing beats getting out in the garden with friends and family, cracking open a cold one, and firing up the BBQ. But as you know, here at The Pizza Oven Shop, we like to do things a little differently, and have long campaigned for incorporating Pizza Ovens into your garden set up. But for today, we’re going against our usual grain, and promoting one of our lesser talked about products, the Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill.
Kamado Joe grills are renowned for their high-quality construction, exceptional performance, and innovative designs. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a novice outdoor cook, there are plenty of ways to take your grilling game to the next level with Kamado Joe. Here are our top tips for elevating your BBQing game with your Kamado Joe.
Experiment with Different Fuels
One of the unique features of Kamado Joe grills is their ability to use a variety of different fuels, including lump charcoal, briquettes, and wood chips. Each type of fuel can impart a unique flavour to your food, so it’s worth experimenting with different options to see what you prefer. For example, hardwood lump charcoal can add a smoky flavour to your food, while mesquite wood chips can provide a bold, tangy taste.
Use the Divide and Conquer Cooking System
Kamado Joe’s Divide and Conquer Cooking System is a versatile cooking setup that allows you to cook multiple dishes at once, each at a different temperature. This system is ideal for cooking a variety of foods, such as steaks, vegetables, and pizzas, all at the same time.
With the Divide and Conquer Cooking System, you can customise your cooking setup to suit your needs and achieve perfect results every time.
Get Creative with Accessories
Kamado Joe offers a range of accessories that can be used to enhance your grilling experience, such as the cast iron griddle, pizza stone, and rotisserie. These accessories can expand your cooking options and provide endless opportunities for experimentation and creativity. For example, you can use the cast iron griddle to cook breakfast items like pancakes and bacon, or the pizza stone to make homemade pizza with a crispy crust.
Master the Art of Temperature Control
Temperature control is crucial for achieving perfect results when grilling with Kamado Joe. The grill’s air control system allows you to adjust the airflow and maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process. It’s important to monitor the temperature closely and make adjustments as needed to ensure that your food cooks evenly and doesn’t burn. With practice, you can master the art of temperature control and achieve consistent, delicious results every time.
Use the Reverse Sear Technique
The reverse sear technique involves cooking your meat at a low temperature until it reaches the desired internal temperature, and then finishing it off with a high-temperature sear. This method allows for even cooking throughout the meat, resulting in a tender and juicy texture. Kamado Joe grills are ideal for the reverse sear technique, as their precise temperature control allows you to cook your meat to perfection.
Try Smoking Your Meat
Smoking your meat is a popular technique for adding flavour and tenderness to your food. Kamado Joe grills are well-suited for smoking, as their airtight seal and ability to maintain consistent temperatures create the perfect environment for slow-cooking. You can experiment with different types of wood chips and rubs to create a unique flavour profile for your meat.
Practise Proper Maintenance and Cleaning
To ensure that your Kamado Joe grill performs at its best, it’s important to practise proper maintenance and cleaning. After each use, clean the grill grates and ash tray to prevent build-up of debris and grease. You can also periodically inspect the gaskets and seals for wear and tear, and replace them if necessary. Proper maintenance and cleaning will help your grill last for many years and continue to produce delicious food.
Experiment with Different Cuts of Meat
Kamado Joe grills can handle a variety of different cuts of meat, from steaks and chicken thighs to whole pork shoulders and legs of lamb. Consider experimenting with different cuts and cooking techniques to create a diverse range of flavours and textures. For example, you can try cooking a whole chicken using the spatchcock method, or smoke a brisket for hours until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Attend Kamado Joe Cooking Classes
If you’re looking to take your grilling skills to the next level, consider attending Kamado Joe cooking classes. These classes are taught by experienced grill masters and cover a variety of topics, from basic grilling techniques to advanced smoking and grilling methods. Attending a cooking class can be a fun and informative way to learn new skills and meet other grill enthusiasts.