Smokin’ on a Smokey Joe

by zydecopaws on July 26, 2009

It’s official, you can use a Smokey Joe Platinum for smoking low and slow. For larger meals I would prefer to use the WSM, but for smaller amounts the Smokey Joe Platinum worked pretty well.

I loaded up half the Smokey Joe as if it were a WSM using the Minion Method and use some small sticks of apple for the smoke wood. About 15-20 briquettes were lit in a chimney and poured over the top of the unlit briquettes and smoke wood. The extra grate you see in the SJ is a piece of expanded metal (like that used for the grills in screen doors) modified to fit and attached to the lower grate to keep the coals in place.

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On the menu was pulled chicken, ABTs, and MOINK. The ABTs and the MOINK were standard recipe, sprinkled with a little Sweet Mesquite Grill seasoning and some Bayou Cajun spice mix.

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The boneless, skinless chicken thighs got a treatment of Sweet Mesquite Seasoning, Bayou Cajun Seasoning, sea salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. I’m spicing up this afternoon’s meal…

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It all went on the grill about 12:00, and barely fit without spilling over the coals.

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Using both the newly-installed thermometer and my trusty old candy thermometer stuck through a wine cork and shoved in the top vent, I was able to keep the temperature at about 250°F for the entire cook. The newly installed thermometer isn’t going to work as installed, as it sits over the top of the coals and read about 100°F higher than the one in the vent for most of the cook. I will be modifying that some more.

About 14:30 the food was done and ready to eat. You might notice a missing MOINK ball; it didn’t survive the full cooking process as I got hungry and snagged it about 15 minutes before the picture was taken…

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The chicken was excellent, and the ABTs set my lips on fire. MOINK was excellent, as always (even though I didn’t glaze them today). I have some leftovers for later tonight, and likely for lunch tomorrow. Not to mention unused coals in the BBQ. I should let them burn out to see how long I can go with one load of charcoal, but I’d rather see how well the Smokey Joe can put them out and preserve them for another day.

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All in all, this wasn’t a bad experiment, although it is back to the drawing board for the thermometer mod.

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