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!
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.
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Demonstrating the STOK Charcoal Drum Set Up For Smoking Pork Ribs Using The STOK Insert System Rib and Kabob Insert
Part II Of Our Demo Using The STOK Grills Rib and Kabob Insert
I could eat these all day long. Caution: prepare yourself with lots of beer beforehand.
Chop off the top where the stem is and then cut your jalepeno peppers in half length wise. Then scoop out the stem and the seeds.
Then fill the jalepeno shells with cream cheese
Then cut store bought bacon in half and wrap the jalepenos. If you have wooden toothpicks soak them in water for a half hour and stick them through to hold them together. I didn’t bother and was just careful when flipping them.
Hit ‘em with a dash of Cajun spices
Place the coals on your grills on one side and cook the ABTs on indirect heat to avoid flare-ups. if cooking on a gas grill light one burner and place the ATBs on the opposite side of the grill.
Careful when turning to keep your bacon intact
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-
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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