Compact and Ultra Portable? Yep!
Effective? Double Yep!
The STOK a Tourist a Grill proved to be the perfect compact grill for tailgating during the 3rd of July Horribles Parade!
Last night it was brussel sprouts, mushroom and onion skewers and ribeyes on the 2009 Weber Performer Deluxe.
Decided to swap out the standard Weber grates for the cast iron ones on the STOK. Worked out well using the STOK veggie basket insert to grill the brussell sprouts which were lightly coated in evoo , Atlantic Saltworks Salt and crushed black pepper.
I’ve seen an accessory for kettle BBQ grills called The Vortex. It’s a cone- like structure that funnels the air up through the coals and creates an intense amount of heat for searing steaks. It costs around $40 and people that have purchased them rave about them.
The thing is, the STOK Charcoal Drum comes with an insert that is supposed to be used as a chimney but it’s the same shape as The Vortex.
See this pic from when I first assembled the STOK grill–
Here is an image of the Vortex from a review video from BBQ Bros–
The video is quite good and gives some great tips on other things you can do with The Vortex (and thereby also with the charcoal basket insert that comes included with the STOK Charcoal Kettle) It should be noted that the Vortex is made from 20 gauge 304 grade stainless steel whereas the charcoal basket that comes free with the STOK Charcoal Drum is made of powder coated steel.
As you can see the two units are nearly identical.
I decided to flip the Charcoal insert that comes with the STOK Drum upside down and see if it would do the same thing as the Vortex.
Here’s how it went-
Flipped the STOK charcoal basket insert upside down, dropped in a crumpled piece of newspaper, lit it and filled it with Charcoal and waited for the temps to climb.
Tossed the ribeye on, three minutes, then flipped for three minutes on the other side. The upside down STOK Charcoal Basket created an intense amount of directed volcano-like heat, perfect for searing.
After three minutes on each side directly over the coals, put them on the outside of where the coals were and placed the cover on.
The results were perfect.
After a 10 minute rest. Just perfect!
Fire up the pit and leave the charcoal insert in to create a vortex like heat concentrated right under our meat. BBQing with high heat vents wide open and direct.
Took steak tips out 45 minutes in advance to bring to room temp and rubbed with evoo and then a liberal seasoning on all sides of Atlantic Saltworks Tuscan Blend.
Once the coals are orange fired up hot we place the steak directly over the coals on the STOK Charcoal Drum’s Cast Iron Grates.
Can we ali about the sear produced by the STOK concentrating the heat up through the Vortex like charcoal basket and the cast iron grates? Incredible!
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Set up the pit using the snake method with the charcoal arranges from 9oclock to 3 o’clock. Place some fruit tree chunks on top of the coals and some cherry chips if you have them. The idea is to place about ten lit coals at 9PM and let them work their way slowly around the pit to not create too much heat all at once.
Then create a simple bacon weave.
Flatten out some ground pork and place it on top of the bacon weave, add your favorite shredded cheese, some sliced onions, some rice and your favorite BBQ sauce.
Next roll your fatty up and pinch the ends together. Apply rub liberally
Place the fatty opposite side of the coals and close the vents so you get temps around 275. Apply rub to the pork belly and place that alongside your fatty.
Once it reaches an internal temp of 160 it’s time to pull it off and slice it up-
Oh don’t forget about the pork belly!
Bake Up The Potatoes (if you need directions on how to bake a potato- Google it)
While The Potatoes Are Baking Fry Up Some Bacon and Thinly Sliced Jalapeno Ringlets
Slice Your Baked Potatoes In Half and scoop the insides out. Mix potato guts into a bowl with your chopped up bacon and jalapenos
Stuff the hollowed out potato skins with your mix and top generously with more cheese
The official Grill Of TheHomieCast came up big once again!
First Kate softened up some thin strips of onion and peppers-
Next laid them down the middle of a hamburger patty
Added some Mexican cheese blend and whatever rub you have laying around
Fold the burger patty over and form into a bomb pinching all the edges together
Wrap in bacon. MMMMM bacon
Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes before skewering the bacon bombs for grilling.
Cut Russet potatos into wedges and boil the wedges for about 7 minutes with a generous amount of sea salt in the water. Take poatatos out and pat dry and then coat the white cut sides with a mixture of black pepper, salt and olive oil.
Place them on the grill white side down for 5 minutes or until golden brown, then turn to the other side to brown it and reapply the olive oil/pepper/salt. The potatoes when finished are so unbeleievably light and fluffy inside and crispy on the outside. you won’t want to eat them any other way. serve with sour cream and bacon crumbles and thinly chopped green onion to dip in.
On the grill-
Prepare grill to offset cook the bacon bombs with indirect heat You want the grill temps to be around 350 so adjust your vents accordingly.
The potato wedges will cook in about ten minutes. Once they are done you can put them on a foiled cookie sheet and keep them warmed in the oven (or just plan to start them later in the cook) the bacon bombs took about 30 minutes at 350 using indirect covered heat.
Here are the finished potato wedges. AWESOME!
The bacon bombs on the STOK Charcoal Drum’s cast iron grates-
Finished Bacon Bombs
The potato recipe came from YouTube and can be found here Made by the YouTube Channel Toni Fiore TotallyVegetarian website- http://delicioustv.com/
The Bacon Bomb was my take on several different bacon bomb recipes.