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Kamado Joe: Roasting Vegetables on the Ceramic Deflector Plates (Plancha)

Kamado Joe: Roasting Vegetables on the Ceramic Deflector Plates (Plancha)

Do you only cook your meat or fish on your ceramic BBQ ? If you are then you are definitely missing out. I am not a veggie person at heart, I have eaten every kind of meat and fish but have been nagged for years to ‘eat your veg’ – even by my kids. My philosophy is if it moves it is edible and you don’t see a lot of moving vegetables. However, after visiting a 2 star Michelin chef in London ( not going to name drop) who cooks all his micro vegetables on the ceramic plate – who am I not to give it a try? So I went home and did and it was the first time I actually enjoyed broccoli, asparagus and, unbelievable, cauliflower. I now eat my veggies with no more nagging. To explain – the veggies keep all their fresh flavour and the texture is like nothing I’ve had before but, more importantly, the charcoal flavour really compliments the veggies and gentle ceramic...

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Kamado Joe: Stuffed Barbecued Tomatoes

Kamado Joe: Stuffed Barbecued Tomatoes

The sun came out for a couple of hours today so I grabbed the chance to do a dish that reminds me of summer. English winters are hard for South Africans and my way of coping is barbecuing with lovely fresh ingredients and some brightly coloured food. This is a really simple dish, takes minutes to prepare and definitely does not disappoint in the flavour stakes. Take 4 large tomatoes and cut the top off, keep them as they will be used.  Empty out all the seeds and excess flesh (very carefully). The stuffing is even easier and the beauty of this is you can add or take away ingredients as you wish. Finely chop ; one small red onion, 3 medium mushrooms, a small handful of fresh coriander and 3 slices of smoky streaky bacon. Breadcrumb 2/3 slices of crusty white bread and mix everything together with a healthy dollop of olive oil and then season with salt and pepper. Using either a spoon or your hands stuff...

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Kamado Joe: Six Grain Bread

Kamado Joe: Six Grain Bread

Ceramic barbecues are brilliant as outdoor ovens and I find my Kamado Joe bakes like a traditional wood fired oven, giving the satisfaction of producing home made bread with a crispy outer crust. That’s what I love about ceramic barbecues – whatever I decide to cook that day my Kamado Joe has the versatility to do it. Remember to only use lump wood charcoal when baking, this is what gives the wood fired flavour to your food. I use my bread machine for mixing the dough, a much cheaper option than buying a good quality mixer, still surprised how expensive they can be ! I  gently warm the milk and water till it reaches room temp, put into the bread pan and sprinkle over the flour. Follow this by adding the sugar, salt and butter into each corner  with the yeast in the middle. On my machine I have setting to just make dough, it takes a good 90 minutes to knead and prove the bread. I then work the dough...

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Kamado Joe: Cider Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken is a very popular and easy way of cooking a chicken. A number of companies now produce BBQ utensils to recreate this effect; however my version works just as well and gives an added taste bonus. Prepare your chicken by rubbing olive oil into the skin and then mix together your chosen BBQ dry rub. Coat the chicken in the rub and leave to rest for a couple of hours in the fridge. Do remember to take the chicken out about an hour or two before cooking, putting your chicken onto the BBQ straight from the fridge will cause the flesh and muscles to contract – making for a tougher chicken meat. Normal Beer Can Chicken is simply case of opening a beer, sitting a chicken on it and placing it on the BBQ. Very simple but effective, however I always like to do things differently so for a different flavour I used cider in this recipe – Strongbow as it was left over in the...

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