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  1. I keep coming back to this picture. Just the right level of cooking for me. Soft bread and some wasabi mayonnaise. Heaven.
  2. I tried out a boned and rolled suckling pig on Sunday evening. There was much less smoke than normal and I managed to get good, crackly skin. Definitely a good way to do rotisserie of fatty meats on a KK. The black marks on the outside of the meat came from the wet stuffing that leaked from the inside of the piggy roll. Part of an Indonesian style meal. \ Gratuitous shot of my current obsession - madeleines.
  3. Be radical - start your own thread. Fire, fire!
  4. Tee hee. Yes, smokin’ hot Aussie! The recipe/method I was following said to slice them. Reason was to maximize the smoke flavour as you suggest. https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/preserving-chili-peppers/how-to-smoke-chili-peppers/
  5. I wanted one too. It was a beautiful red one on a stand in a cheese shop in Brighton. We soon tempered our expectations when we investigated the pricing. That said, we are off on a road trip to Italy later this year. You never know, a beautiful bargain may await. Ha ha. I think the guy or gal in the deli can do that job pretty well without you having to shell out at all!
  6. Smoked some Scotch Bonnet peppers in the KK. Low temp, about 100C with maple pellets in the hot/cold smoker attachment. I put them in my dehydrator afterwards and plan to grind them in small batches for some good smoked chilli flavour. The singed peppers at the top came as a result of overcorrecting and letting the temps get away from me for a short while. That said, opening up the top hat helped the smoke pull better through the hot/cold smoker and it stayed lit for all of the cook after that.
  7. Hi there @Durangutan. It would be great to hear and see more about your cooks on fire pits. I love the unpredictability of cooking over fire and, happily, even KKs remind you that you are not fully in control. The mix of variables: the coal you choose, where you light the fire, how you set your top cap and bottom openings, what the weather is like, how impatient you are, what you are cooking etc all make.a difference and any of those variables being a bit different to last time means you need to keep in touch with your cook to get the best results. Getting to know and love fire is such good fun.
  8. He came by to measure up and then delivered the finished product. It fit first time, no problems.
  9. I couldn’t resist the football reference @Tyrus. My Eagles’ presence in the playoffs is even more unexpected. It has been quite the season so far. I look forward to every weekend. “Any given Sunday” is so true.
  10. Isn't that always the way? 🤗 I agree, having a slicer means that you can buy hunks of cured meat or make bacon and get it sliced exactly to your liking. I love ours but feel we do not get as much use out of it as we should. The fact that it does not fit on the counter means that it is not easily accessible and cleaning it up after each use is a bit of a bind. That said, having my irregular shaped loaves sliced and tamed by this machine makes them look almost professional and that can't be bad.
  11. Yup, Dennis' photo with the stainless steel version looks like it was taken in a 32. These are a couple of photos of the one we had made out of mild steel. This was when it first arrived and we put it into the KK to try it for size. Nothing fancy but it does the job.
  12. So, I dropped Dennis a note yesterday to apologise for stirring up interest in the event that he wasn't actually going to go with this accessory. He says he is but he hasn't yet sorted price or confirmed whether any have been produced for sale yet. In the meantime here is a photo of his version (rather more sophisticated than mine) for you to drool over. I am happy with mine because it was relatively cheap and I got it made locally but I remember messaging Dennis to say that it was a game changer for me when I used it.
  13. Thanks @Troble Will drop you a note.
  14. Super cool @Troble. You’ve reminded me to get back on to my husband about sorting some solar panels for our roof. I might tap you up on PM for some professional advice if you don’t mind. I remember that you kitted your house out a year or two ago and it would be good to know more about how that is working out.
  15. I read this out to my husband. He half laughed and half groaned. Divorce may be in order. Gotta train him not to find @Poochie’s jokes funny.
  16. I generally make my own rubs and keep them in the fridge or freezer to keep them fresh. The freezer trick is good because they stay loose and you can scoop them out when you need them and then return them to the freezer.
  17. The thing that I like least about barbecuing fatty meats is the nasty smoke that you get as the fat hits the hot coals. I complained about this to Dennis a while ago and he sent me a photo of a longways basket splitter that he had mocked up for someone in Singapore. Dennis’ logic was that the fat drips off rotisserie meats on the “down” side and, as the meat rotates away from the fire on the “up” side, you don’t get fat dripping into the fire and causing flare ups. I had to test that out so I tried it in my 23 and it seemed to work. It was easy in the 23 as the basket is round and so you either split it side to side or back to front. Not so in the 32 because the splitter that Dennis makes progressively splits the basket width ways, not long ways. So, I got a local guy to make something up for me which looks like this: It worked well in a chicken cook that I did in October. No/v little in the flare up department and great flavour. I was reminded of this when I saw @johnnymnemonic’s post where he had a heat shield between his chicken and the fire in his 42. This trick makes it possible to expose your food to the fire throughout the cook. I cannot comment on achieving greater crispiness as I tend to have wet marinades and sauces on my chicken. I also cannot yet comment on how well this works for something that is really fatty. I have a rolled porchetta to try sometime and will report back on how the fat dripping works and also whether I manage to get that elusive crispy skin. In the meantime I hope I have not pissed @DennisLinkletter off too much by posting this. I think he has a version of this divider in the making but I don’t know how soon/if he plans to offer it for sale.
  18. I used to dread using my rotisserie until Dennis introduced the adjustable bracket. That bracket makes it so much easier to slot your motor on and get going quickly. I leave the bracket attached to both my KKs so they are ready to go whenever I want to use the rotisserie. Essential when the weather is cold and you don’t want to spend too long fiddling about outdoors!
  19. Nope. Just used my Lodge pan (KK shopping channel via @RokDok) and skewer. Cleaned up nice with a soak in Fairy liquid overnight. @tony b yes, lees are good for marinading. I too love shio koji and use it raw on food as well as a marinade. Lees give a stronger, funkier flavour. All good.
  20. tekobo

    Nigerian Suya

    I managed to make it to Nigeria in October, before Omigodcron made itself known to the World. Here are some pictures from an authentic suya joint. It was good to eat the real thing again and to taste the different rubs used by different suya joints. All that said, my visit confirmed to me that my sacrilegious use of pork when I make suya in the UK does give great flavour that, sadly for them, the Muslims who generally cook suya in Lagos won't ever get to taste. And no, I do not know what big and small torso are!
  21. I had a thin venison rump steak the other day and cooking direct on the coals seemed to be a good way to get a good sear quickly without over cooking the steak. The soot that you see on the KK comes from blowing it off the embers before placing the steak on top. The steak was cooked rare, to my liking, but I did find it just a little bit gritty on the outside. I think it is a method worth pursuing and will try again soon.
  22. @RokDok got me into making cider although I managed to dodge the massive spend on scratters and such like by simply using my home juicer to start the process off. We are visiting him next week and I may take a bottle with me so that he can judge whether I have ended up with cider or just a nice batch of cider vinegar. An interesting by product of the process were the cider lees - the sediment that falls to the bottom of your fermenting container as your apple juice turns to alchohol and clarifies (or at least, that is what I think was happening). I used the cider lees to marinade wings and they came out nice and deeply delicious, a real umami flavour. I also tried to use them to make a sourdough starter but that was not successful at all. No pix, sorry, but I do have pics of the output of my cook last night. I used this recipe https://www.quicksandfood.com/recipe/sake-lees-marinated-grilled-chicken-w-herb-salad-sesame-chilli-sauce/#ingredients and sake lees that friend bought me for a present. My excuse for not taking the pic of the food cooking on the KK? It was cold and dark out and I left my phone in the house! I give you sake lees chicken shawarma. Yum.
  23. Merry Christmas to you all! Here’s to more cooking and learning in 2022.
  24. I had a hankering for something similar when someone posted a pic on the forum a couple of years ago. Finally got my brother to bring this over to the UK from Texas for me this summer but I have not tried it yet. Similar concept but probably heavier, given it is cast iron. Lodge L15RCGT 15"x12" Cast Iron Grill Topper, Black More information: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0971NXQNM/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_EBRPC6QSJQ04WRKKZDHA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  25. Hey, we all have to learn in our own way. For my part I started off with pebble and then moved to the right side of the fence with my current tile KKs. I see you made the right choice straight out of the gate. I love you ODK space and design. I guess all you have to do now is figure out where your second KK needs to go...
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