Brisket is one of the absolute staples of barbecue. That’s why every competition will include a brisket category. For VRIC’s Great Texan Cook-off, we prepared four briskets. Two were cooked in a Big Green Egg XL and two in a Weber Smokey Mountain.
Can a Big Green Egg function as a tandoor (aka "Big Green Tandoor")? Yes it can!!! For reference, a tandoor is a clay oven shaped like a pot. Charcoal is lit at the base of the tandoor and skewered meat is lowered into it to cook via radiant heat. Another use for a tandoor is … Continue reading Can a Kamado grill function as a Tandoor oven?
I replaced the cracked base of my XL Big Green Egg (BGE), similar to Zahid. So, I also decided to try mimicking a tandoor to make naan on the inside wall while it was still clean. Read about his experience here. I went by his naan recipe, found here. I used the Kick Ash Basket … Continue reading Tandoori Naan; Take #2.
"Smashburgers" remain my favorite way to cook burger patties. Not only does this require little prep work (fulfilling Neghae's MIME criteria), the patty develops a crispy outside with a juicy inside. For this cook, I experimented with three different seasonings: Garam Masala (nowadays available in most grocery stores) vs Tikka Shan Masala (available on Amazon if … Continue reading Seekh Kabab Smashburger Patties
Ever burned your meat because the coals are too hot? Tired of standing by your grill, constantly shifting your food to avoid a burnt exterior and raw interior (see pic below)? The solution: understanding indirect vs direct cooking. This simple concept fulfills Pitmaster Neghae's MIME criteria (Maximum Impact, Minimum Effort). In it's simplest form, it involves arranging … Continue reading To Become a Pitmaster, Learn Indirect vs Direct Cooking
When I bought the XL Big Green Egg (BGE) - a grill made from made from ceramic just like a tandoor - from BBQ Galore, my first question was "can I make naan by slapping the dough on the inner wall?" The sales guy looked at me funny and said "probably not." I later understood that the … Continue reading Can Naan Be Cooked on the Inner Wall of a Big Green Egg (like a tandoor)?
Maximum Impact, Minimum Effort. That’s how I approach everything, and it is no different when grilling, smoking, or cooking. This brings me to today’s tip - the dry brine.