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Cooking Store-Bought Pizza in Akorn Kamado - Temperature Settings and Fire Startup

Posted by Daz on 5/19/2019 to Beginner's Guide to BBQ
Recently we had a discussion about cooking pizza in a Kamado grill. The debate was about at what temperature should we cook our pizzas. Some say high temperature cooked pizza (650+ degrees) is the holy grail of pizza baking, that's with freshly made dough. Well, it is a skill to brag but not many of us have the time, patient and proper tools to make it that way. I love pizza and I've made thousands of pizzas while working at a Greek joint as a cook. You can cook any pizza, store bought or freshly made, at 450 degrees, to its perfection. Below are two pizzas cooked at two different degrees, both are Newman's thin crust, one cooked around 550 stone temperature and second around 450. You can see the results yourself. The 550 one got bottom cooked within 3~4 minutes while the top took 7 minutes. But the one cooked at 450 was baked perfectly.
For thin crust, it doesn't matter if it's store made dough or hand made, if the stone is over 600 degrees, you'll have to lift the dough up from the stone before the top turns brown. Yea dough comes many different ways and Neapolitan pizza is the holy grail of the pizza, but you can cook them at lower temp for the same results, just more consistently. The real goal to cook pizza right is the heat penetration from both sides should reach the middle at the same time. 

First Pizza, Newman's Four Cheeses. 
cooking pizza akorn kamado tempmaster pro

TempMaster Pro is "No Overshoots" BBQ Temperature Controller for Any Types of Enclosed Grills

Posted by Daz on 5/12/2019 to Beginner's Guide to BBQ
People have settled for "overshoots" by smoker controllers for so long. We even get used to come back and adjust fan damper after initial fire start. But with the awesome all-new TempMaster Pro temperature controller, there is NO overshoot and you don't need to come back until your food is ready. It has different program for different types of grills. But why nobody is trying to make it better for so long? 

TempMaster Pro Grill Temperature Graph

Turn Your Weber Go-Anywhere into a Precise Charcoal Smoker with TempMaster Pro Grill Controller

Posted by Daz on 4/3/2019 to Beginner's Guide to BBQ
As an avid camper (in a '76 Westy!), Weber Go-Anywhere is my weapon of choice when It comes to outdoor cooking. The compact, durable and super versatile little grill provides enough cooking space to feed a family of four. After we finalized the TempMaster Pro temperature controller, I started to convert the weber Go-Anywhere into a smoker. We added selection for WeberGA/Smokey Joe control algorithm in the menu, made a very unique heat deflector and fabricated a lower vent adapter. The result is amazing ribs with minimum efforts and fuel. The picture below shows the baby back ribs that was cooked in a Weber Go-Anywhere and controlled by the TempMaster controller. Click "Read More" to check out the short video we made.

weber go anywhere smoking ribs

The EASIEST way to start smoking with your Kamado Joe Classic and TempMaster Pro Temperature Controller

Posted by Daz on 3/28/2019 to Beginner's Guide to BBQ
In this vlog, we'll show you how easy it is to start smoking with your Kamado Joe Classic grill and TempMaster Pro controller. Many controllers require you to start the fire and let the controller kick in after grill temperature rises to a certain degree, not with TempMaster Pro. All you have to do is to lit a corner of the charcoal, set the target temperature on the TempMaster, and let the controller to bring up the grill temperature to the preset target. It's that simple!