Al Contarino and George Peters are the creators and owners Of KettlePizza, an insert system that turns charcoal kettle grills into outdoor pizza ovens for very little money. As it turns out Al’s sister Donna is a regular GMG reader and after seeing my obsession with grilling and that I bought a KettlePizza insert, she suggested that Al and I get together and have at it making some backyard pies.
Well I feel pretty comfortable cooking up meat but when it comes to dough and pizza making obviously I’m gonna enlist Sista Felicia who already has her own dough recipe and multiple pizza recipes in her cookbook- Gifts of Gold (purchase her cookbook here)
Felicia maintained that one of the key reasons for the over the top results besides having awesome equipment in the Stok Drum Charcoal Grill and KettlePizza was the very best ingredients from Sclafani’s Italian Bakery and The Cave
The fun we had making pizzas in the back yard combined with the crazy incredible results makes The KettlePizza system an absolute no brainer must have grill component.
Check Out the KettlePizza Website to Order Yours
You already know how much I love my STOK Grill- check out the STOK system here
Check out some of the results-
Desert Pizza Which I Have NOOO IDEA Where Felicia Came Up With The Idea For A Dessert Pizza But It Was BANANAS!
First up I’m going to split up a pound of bacon into thirds and will set up the STOK Drum for offset smoking around 225 degrees for about an hour. I started my coals and pushed them to one side of the grill and tossed a hunk of apple wood on for smoke. The bacon is placed on the opposite side of the grate from the charcoal. The idea is to partially cook the bacon because the shrimp will cook quickly and we want the bacon to finish around the same time once they are wrapped so the shrimp don’t dry out and get rubbery.
While the bacon is smoking put the wooden skewers we’ll be using in water so they don’t burn up once they’re on the grill. You’ll want to soak them for at least 20 minutes.
The STOK Drum is chugging along holding at 225 with the top and bottom vents about half way closed.
About 45 minutes into the smoking of the bacon I’ve decided it’s partially cooked enough and I decide to pull them off and start prepping the shrimp.
U12 shrimp about to be deveined, leaving the tail on.
Getting ready to stuff em and wrap em!
The shimp butterflied and stufed with three cheese blend and a jalepeno spear-
All Prepped and ready to hit the grill
Added to the grill opposite side of coals
Once the bacon browns up a little baste with favorite bar b que sauce and place over the coals for a minute to let that sauce glaze up but be sure not to leave on too long or the sugars will burn. then baste the other side and flip, a minute or two on the other side and they’re ready!
Holy Frickin Cannoli Batman!
We also grilled up some russet potato wedges after par-boiling them patting them dry and tossing them in olive oil, Atlantic Saltworks Coarse Salt and black pepper. they come out crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside-
Stop and Shop East Gloucester Had Some Beautiful Beef Back Ribs This Morning.
Hit em with the Paul Prudhomme Rub (RIP Paul Prudhomme)
And set up the grill for a low and slow session seeking grill temps between 250-275.
Two hours in. Temps on the pit have been consistently between 250-275. Starting to get a little pullback on the bones.
After three hours I pulled them off sauced them with some stubbs bbq sauce and wrapped them up in doubled over aluminum foil.
Forty five more minutes on the grill foiled-up and they were ready to eat.
I don’t just like using my STOK Drum Charcoal Grill, I LOVE IT! It’s hard to explain but something about getting home, unwinding and creating magic on that bad boy that gives me so much pleasure.
Cooking with charcoal is so satisfying and the flavors just can’t be duplicated on a gas grill.
So I’ve got a bunch of the inserts for TheSTOK Grill Insert System and I’ll be seeing how each one works.
First up is the vegetable grilling tray that sits right into the middle.
<a href=”https://www.directtoolsoutlet.com/brands/stok?sort=pricehigh&subcategory=grill-inserts”>STOK™ Vegetable Tray Insert Model SIS2050 Purchase Here On Sale</a> It cost $18.99 and is worth every penny especially when you consider how well it’s constructed.
Here’s the video review followed by some photos from last night’s grill session before we taped <a href=”http://www.thehomiecast.com”>www.thehomiecast.com</a> podcast
After my success with the chicken drumsticks yesterday and talking to one of my lobstermen, Mark Ring suggested chicken thighs on the BBQ. I asked my good buddy Eric Lorden to look for a new rub at the Restaurant Depot and he came back with Lowrey’s Chipotle Cinnamon Rub $20 for a huge 27 oz. container on Amazon.
Here are the ingredients from the package-
Ingredients Salt, sugar, brown sugar, spices (including chipotle chili pepper and cinnamon), paprika, onion, garlic, and vinegar.
I was looking for a rub that would be a little different than the straight spicy hot Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Magic Rub that I’ve been using on just about everything. With the second two ingredients being sugar and brown sugar this figures to be the sweet one to provide a little change-up.
One whiff once you take off the cap gives a big hint of the sweet/savory goodness that was bottled up.
An hour in with grill temps between 325-350 degrees.
The rub is great if you’re looking for a little more sweet and a little less kick-you-in-the-nuts hot.
It was a 4.5 lb package and only cost $6 for about ten chicken thighs. Outstanding value and delish!
Easy To Make Killer Results
- 1.5 Pork Tenderloin
- Ground Cayenne Pepper
- Apricot Preserves
- Crushed Black Pepper
- Atlantic Saltworks Sea Salt
To check out how it’s done check out all the pictures by clicking the link below-
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I never thought I liked brussel sprouts but we were doing mushroom swiss burgers with sauteed onions and I was looking for a side. At Stop and Shop in East Gloucester they had brussel sprouts on sale for $2 a bag so I figured I could do something with them on the grill.
I never thought I’d have such a passion for BBQ Charcoal grilling but this grill with all the different inserts and the cast iron grates and the ash catching system at the bottom and the figuring out how to arrange your coals, it’s just straight up addicting. The process just takes you away and while I can’t imagine why some people like to golf, I imagine it’s the same type of thing- that you immerse yourself in the process and the stresses of every day life go away because you need to be focused. It’s been a joy and the thing that takes the STOK grill system to the next level is all the cool inserts that you can use to try different types of cooking with wood chunks, chips and/or charcoal.
Anyway, preparing and roasting the brussel sprouts couldn’t be easier.
You wash them under cold water and dry them, cut them in half length-wise drizzle them with Atlantic Saltworks coarse salt, crushed black pepper and some garlic powder and place them cut side down on the wok insert or if you don’t have the wok insert , a good seasoned cast iron pan will do. Get the grill up to 400 degrees and move them around a little as you cook. About 15 minutes and they’ll bring out that sweet caramelizing from the heat. If you didn’t think you liked brussel sprouts, you really ought to give them a try this way.
At Stop and Shop East Gloucester they were cleaning out the meat cases. I normally wouldn’t even consider buying big ass chicken drumsticks for the grill but there wasn’t a whole lot of other options because all the steaks and pork were stashed away.
So I purchased chicken drumsticks, rubbed them up with the Paul Prudhomme (RIP) rub that I use for just about everything, and set up the grill with all the coals on one side. Closed top and bottom vent half way and tossed some brussel sprouts on the new cast iron pan Kim Smith got me for my birthday after I coated the brussel sprouts with EVOO, Atlantic Saltworks Sea Salt and Crushed Black Pepper.
Put the rubbed drumsticks on the opposite side of the grill as the coals, put the cast iron pan with the EVOO coated brussel sprouts over the coals and a russet potato covered with EVOO and Atlantic Saltworks flake salt on a piece of tin foil over the coals.
After a half hour the brussel sprouts were caramelized to crispy goodness (my favorite vegetable). I put the lid back on and let the chicken cook at about 300 degrees opposite the coals with the vents half way choked down for an hour. the skin of the chicken when I lifted off the cover was nice and crispy. I mopped the drumsticks with some Carolina gold BBQ sauce all over and put them over the coals for a few minutes on each side to get the sugars in the sauce to liquefy and caramelize.
Let me tell you, my reluctance to buy drumsticks was completely unfounded.
The chicken was so tasty it was like eating candy. you know that feeling when you bite into something and you go ohhh my gawdddd. it was just like that!
100% added to my list of things to grill.
Ohhh My Gawdddd!