Kamado Akorn

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by nxpetrick, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. nxpetrick

    nxpetrick Newbie

    greetings all,

    just finishing up some salmon on my Kamado Akorn and figured I'd join up here...

    smoked a brisket last week in 0 degree weather and had no problems whatsoever...very pleased with this indirect set up.

    anyone else have comments on the Akorn??
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  2. [​IMG]   Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a cold and wet day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

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  3. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    I've got a "Char Griller Akorn".  Love it.  Next step for me is a Primo XL oval but the Akorn is a great stepping stone.  Demands a bit of attention throughout the smoke but will do the job.

    Double smoked ham.

      Chuck roast.


    Spares.  Mine gets a lot of use.  Lots of "bang for the buck" at $300.00.

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  4. nxpetrick

    nxpetrick Newbie

    Nice Q! yeah I don't have much of a problem with keeping a temp. it might need a slight adjustment every hour or so but that adds to the experience I suppose.
    That's the salmon I did today.. let sit in honey and lowS soy sauce and then used my rub and let her go for about 4 hours. low of 145 high of 200.

    turned out great!

    also this is the set up I use
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2015
  5. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Great looking Salmon.  [​IMG]
  6. Nice Looking Everything !

  7. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Thanks Gary.  The rack of spares actually got a little too done.  I checked them by twisting a bone and it slid right out.  I usually pull them shy of fall off the bone but I foiled that rack and they got done earlier than I expected.  Very edible though.

  8. Yeah,  I like a little tug on mine

  9. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Yup!  Tug is good.  I can't really lose though, the girlfriend likes them "fall off the bone" so one of us is usually happy.
  10. Yep  Wife like fall off the bone too

  11. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Yup!  Just the way things are.  [​IMG]
  12. nxpetrick

    nxpetrick Newbie


    is it in any way possible that im over cooking my brisket? first one I did I accidentally went a little high on temp for about a half hour (almost 300) and it got IT to 195 but I backed it off and righted the ship. but the second one I did everything was on point and IN THEORY it should have been perfect. however it was still a little tough to me. everyone raves about it and loved it but I lived around KC for almost two years and I know how tender smoked brisket should be! is it possible that my dome is so efficient and air tight that I could be over smoking?? I mean is it possible to have a brisket moist and falling apart after just 3-4 hours? or am should I start wrapping and cooking for another 4 hours?

    every cook I have lump left unburned and I only put about 3-4 inches in the bottom...

    left me know! thanks in advance
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  14. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    It is possible to overcook any piece of meat.  There is a group of folks who regularly cook meats at higher temps.  (I wouldn't worry much about some length of time smoking / cooking at 300*).  With brisket, especially, you will get better results cooking to tenderness rather than a predetermined Internal temp. 

    Keeping an eye on the IT is a good measure of when to start probe testing for tenderness.  With brisket, depending on my "feel" for the particular piece of meat, I will start testing it by running a toothpick or similar thin probe into several different areas of the flat,  (On a full packer).  When the probe goes into the meat with virtually no resistance I figure she's done.  Take it off the smoker, wrap it up and put it in a cooler to rest.

    When it's time to slice and plate I only slice as much as is needed at any given time.  Juice left in the meat can run out if you slice up the whole thing right off the bat.

    Meat quality also has some bearing on overall juiciness/dryness.

    I have not smoked a full packer, (10 to 16 + pounds), that took less than 1 1/2 to 2 hours per pound to finish.

    I am not the most experienced brisket smoker around here.  Hopefully some of our more experienced brisket smokers will add their thought's.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2015
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  15. nxpetrick

    nxpetrick Newbie

    thAnks very much for the info!
  16. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Your welcome.  [​IMG]

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