Vortex arriving on Friday

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pit 4 brains, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Like a kid waiting for Santa, I can't wait for my new toy![​IMG]

    Now, what are some good "starter cooks" to do while I'm learning this things quirks? Chicken, burgers? It's coming with that Tatonka dust I've been seeing all over the SMF. I'll be using it on my Weber 22" kettle with Kingsford regular and hickory briqs.
     
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I haven't used mine a lot Sat. I fired it up with coal that was left in my smoker,it held over 400* F for 4 hrs

    Baked potatoes Stuffed mushrooms. I have also done some sausages on it

    Richie
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Al
     
  4. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hot wings seem to be the norm for a first cook, looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
     
  5. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I will be watching. I just acquired a mint Weber stainless gas grill and am looking to sell or trade it for a Weber 26 inch kettle and I want to get the cast iron grate and the vortex
     
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Be sure to check the shipping box,I found a sample pack of their Chicken rub

    Richie
     
  7. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good to know!
     
  8. chad e

    chad e Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Where did you order it from. I'd love to get some tatonka dust too!
     
  9. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Google OwensBBQ

    Richie
     
  10. chad e

    chad e Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    OK so small vortex and medium vortex are listed for the 22.5 kettles. Is it personal preference? What did you all go with?
     
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the 18.5 so the small is the only size for mine,I got 4 hrs of 400* that I know of it was still burning my last check,you will love it

    Richie
     
  12. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have the medium I figured more power!:biggrin: talk to Owens BBQ they can most likely help. You will love the Tatonka Dust!Thumbs Up
     
  13. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I did some brats and chicken wings. You should just go for a nice reverse sear steak,that's next for me!
     
  14. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It came in the mail a day early!! Woo hoo!

    My son had football practice so I didn't get to play with it last night but today is gonna be a different story. Not sure what I'm going to do first, steaks sound good, but it will be something I can do after I get back from the evening dove hunt..
     
  15. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey it's been awhile what's up with the Vortex?:police2:
     
  16. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the new Q toy man, I really like mine ! Lookin forward to seeing your future cooks with it ! So, what did ya decide on for the inaugural smoke ?
     
  17. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Another thing to get!

    Nice
     
  18. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL

    All I can say is this thing is COOL!

    I dry brined a few ribeye and dusted a flat of wings with the Tatonka before we set out for some dove hunting.

    I had my wife light the chimney when we were on the way home so I came home to some hot and ready coals. I set up the Vtex and went to work.









    The absolute best wings I have ever had. The flavor was great and the skin was nice and crispy! The steaks were a perfect med-rare (although I like them just a bit under med) and the stuffed shrooms and asparagus complimented the beef well. Tossed in a little surf with the turf and paired that with some hollandaise sauce. What a gut full.. I just hope my gout doesn't flare in the next few days..

    I tell you, I thought I had mastered the kettle. This Vortex makes it even more versatile than ever!
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2016
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  19. betaboy

    betaboy Meat Mopper

    Looks incredible!! Very nice work! [​IMG]

    *Scratches chin.... thinking... I just might need one of these.*
     
  20. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. 

    This thing really gives you a ton more space for indirect cooking and I had the temps all through the 300-400 range by adjusting the lower damper. I did the whole smoke over 1 Weber chimney full of regular Kingsford briqs.

    I would recommend it it you do a lot of charcoal grilling as I do..
     

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