I won’t lie – I’ve looked at people with Big Green Eggs and had a little envy. Every time I’ve eaten food grilled on one – it tasted like grilled magic. My husband and I have been stalking Big Green Eggs and Kamado Joe grills – and we finally came across a deal we couldn’t miss. I admit … I was giddy when we made the purchase a few weeks ago. I feel like he and I had pretty much mastered the gas grill – even producing some epic ribs. So when we unpacked this bad boy – I was eager to try. This post has a couple pics of different things we’ve tried. I’m on round 6 of my dry rub for my ribs – so of course we had to try.
Our first Kamado Joe Grill
First let me start with the grill. I won’t go down too far on specs – but there are a few things that make me like this more than the egg. The primary reason I like it is the split sections. We can split the coals in half and have 2 different temperatures and split the heights of our food on either side. That alone gives us a lot of control over our cooking.
So beyond that timy little rant – that’s our Kamado Big Joe. It can fit 3 racks of ribs laying flat – but I’ll show you later – it can fit 6 – probably 8 given the technique we used. We’ve had grilled magic appearing since we bought this thing – and I can’t wait to hone our Kamado style grilling skills.
Grilling Ribs on our Kamado Joe
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I’ve been working on a dry rub recipe. This is round 6 of our dry rub – and I have several BBQ sauces I like to baste with at the end. Since the grill only fits 3 racks laying side by side, instead of committing to buying the extension rack, we were able to use a bamboo skewer and shape each rack into a U. That way 6 racks fit evenly on the grill with plenty of room to spare. The picture below to the right shows the racks laid out.
Grilled Chicken on the Kamado Joe
There’s nothing too special here. I’ve been growing my own herbs this season – so I’ve been making lots of herb based marinades for our chicken. There’s bronzed fennel, parsley, tarragon, and sage mixed in here. This was our first attempt at drumsticks.