Kamado Cooking – Ceramic BBQ Recipes

I’ve created a separate section for kamado cooking because it is somewhat unique in its approach and when used to full effect the results are fantastic. The headline is always that you can use a kamado (ceramic BBQ) as both a grill and a smoker but really there’s more to it than that. Using it as a traditional oven gives wonderful results and with the high temperatures that you can achieve it also makes for a great pizza oven or a tandoor.

Multi Colored Grill Dome Kamados

There are many brands of kamado including Monolith, Primo, Kamado Joe, Grill Dome and Big Green Egg to name but a few. I’ve been cooking on an kamado for 10 years and I still haven’t exploited its full potential so if you’re interested in a kamado then I can’t recommend them more highly.

What Makes A Kamado Cooking So Good?

  1. First and foremost, the quality of the cooking. Even when experimenting with new recipes it's hard to really deliver anything other than a supremely succulent result.
  2. Safety - The surface doesn’t get as hot as a traditional barbecue and the fire is in a small area.
  3. The exterior is treated with a lifetime green baked on glaze, this BBQ should last forever although mine is showing some cracks in the glaze (after 3 years).
  4. The heat on the interior burns off any grease (the same principle as an Aga) and this works fine so long as you don't get too much tar from cooking low and slow.
  5. When baking you’ll get that “brick oven” flavour and crust to the food

Moisture retention is a key feature, the kamado cooking process is different to a conventional water smoker and the manufacturers state that there’s actually no need for a water pan at all. I prefer to put a water pan in especially when doing pulled pork because I believe it helps create a sauna effect that helps bring the meat up to the preferred internal temperature that much quicker. See my pulled pork barbecue recipe for more on this point.

The key benefits are that food cooks quicker, remains moist, there’s no need for constant tending of the charcoal and a ceramic grill is remarkably economical on charcoal consumption. It's this that differentiates a ceramic kamado from other kettle style smokers.

The kamado claim that the a ceramic grill is ready to cook on in 10 minutes (marginally optimistic) but certainly by 15 minutes and you're up to the benchmark smoking temperature of 225°F or 110°C. With the top and bottom vents fully open 15 minutes in and the temperature gauge just keep on climbing 10 degrees every minute. Exact settings will differ brand by brand but here's my quick operating guide:

  • Top and bottom vents full open and the temperature rockets
  • When you reach your desired temperature, close off the bottom vent to about ½ inch to stabilise.
  • Use the bottom vent for large changes in temp but when in the “area” you need to be, use the top daisy wheel for fine tuning (+/- 25°)
  • Only change the setting on the bottom or the top, never both at the same time
  • If you have the small top vents open and close them half way, the temp will reduce by approx 10°C / 18°F
  • A steady smoking temperature is approximated by the bottom vent open a quarter inch and the small daisy wheel vents half open.
  • I grill with the bottom vent open an inch and the small daisy wheel vents fully open

My Favourite Ceramic Kamado Cooking Recipes

Below are some of the ceramic BBQ recipes that I’ve developed in my short time and for sure as I learn about this style of cooking, this area of my site will continue to grow.

Traditional Roast Beef - Does what it says on the tin.

Barbecue Burgers - The kamado just keeps food so succulent and this recipe is testament to that.

Burger And Fries - Crank up the temperature and enjoy!

Traditional Roast Chicken - You can't beat it. Pure and simple.

Chicken Tikka - Marinated boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked in your very own kamado tandoor.

Hometown Kamado Style Ribs - Long and slow followed by a flash on the grill and covered in honey barbecue sauce - YUM!

Smoked Venison Roast - Infused with garlic, wrapped in bacon and roasted until pink.

Kamado BBQ Turkey - Simply the most succulent results for your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.

Lamb Provencale - Leg of lamb rubbed with garlic and the herbs typical of Southern France. Make this your alternative Sunday roast.

Kamado Grilled Lamb Chops - Keeping it simple with the best meat, the best marinade and (of course) the best cooking.

Croissants - What better way to start the day with freshly brewed coffee?

Naan Bread - The only serious accompaniment to any tandoori dish and so easy to prepare.

Pitta Bread Recipe - Make these breads to serve with any kebabs.

Onions And Potatoes - A favorite of mine, baked in cream and perfect with a butterfly leg or shoulder of lamb.

Steak, The Kamado Way - Just seared to seal in the flavor.

Tandoori Chicken - 48 hours of marinading your chicken breast but well worth it for a traditional taste of India.

Toad In The Hole - Yes you really can extend your kamado cooking repertoire to include Yorkshire pudding.

See Also:-

Monolith Kamado Grills
Primo Kamado
Dragon Fire Kamado
Grill Dome Kamado
Big Green Egg
Kamado Joe Grill
Origins Of The Kamado Ceramic Barbecue

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