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Big Green "Tandoor" for skewered meat

I experimented with hanging skewered meat from the top vent, similar to a tandoor. More details here.
Overall, this was fairly easy. I just had to find the right skewers.

Lowering skewer into eggTop view

Comments

  • That is genius, I like it.  Where did you get those skewers?

    John - SLC, UT

    2 XLs, Large, Medium, MM, and Mini

  • MolemanMoleman Posts: 187
    More info please, such as the results? Looks great. Thanks. 
  • zahuliozahulio Posts: 80
    Thanks!

    Took me while to find the right skewers. They are from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074DHLRLH/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Here’s a pic of the final product. Interestingly, the chicken near the top cooked quickest.




  • Awesome idea. Bet it would be good with beef as well.
    Raleigh, NC

    LBGE
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,260
    Nice cook and cool out of the box thinking 

    -----------------------------------------


    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • milesvdustinmilesvdustin Posts: 1,552
    Nice! I'm gonna have to try this

    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Jumbo Joe

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 3,142
    cool idea
    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • PlutoniumPlutonium Posts: 127
    Cool idea! Is there a barb or something on the bottom to prevent slide off? How hot did the top ends get?
    Albuquerque, NM - LBGE and an old rusted gasser that I use for accessory storage.


  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 254
    Plutonium said:
    Cool idea! Is there a barb or something on the bottom to prevent slide off? How hot did the top ends get?
    He put lemons/limes on the bottom, his link in the OP takes you to his blog with more info.

    I just ordered these skewers, $15 for 20 and a bag.  (10 of each size skewer) 
    Orange, CA - LBGE
  • zahuliozahulio Posts: 80
    Plutonium said:
    Cool idea! Is there a barb or something on the bottom to prevent slide off? How hot did the top ends get?
    As Cornholio pointed out, I used lemons/limes. One of the limes slid off, and I didn't lose any chicken. A skewer with some barbs would be ideal.

    I didn't measure the temps at the top end. The chicken at the top was clearly more charred.

    Skewers with meat and lime
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,490
    Nice cook! Those skewers are perfect for this. 

    The dome focuses heat towards the top, which is why the chix towards the top cooked faster. Kind of like a tandoor does.

     I like to use a large potato at the end, which gets basted in drippings from the meat above as it cooks. Makes for a tasty snack or side. :) A shield of foil wrapped around the skewers at the very end helps to keep the potato from charring too much. 


    only problem I’ve had when trying this method in the past is that the top vent isn’t that big, so you have to be careful when sliding the loaded skewers in and out. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • CPFC1905CPFC1905 Posts: 289
    zahulio said:
    I experimented with hanging skewered meat from the top vent, similar to a tandoor. More details here.
    Overall, this was fairly easy. I just had to find the right skewers.

    Lowering skewer into eggTop view
    Genius
     "Shohna ba Shohna"
    Op Herrick / Enduring Freedom  2011 - 14.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,490
    @zahulio - here's an older thread that may be of interest to you, with some ideas for tandoori-style cooking on the BGE.

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1147370/bgt-big-green-tandoor/p2

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • zahuliozahulio Posts: 80
    caliking said:
    @zahulio - here's an older thread that may be of interest to you, with some ideas for tandoori-style cooking on the BGE.

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1147370/bgt-big-green-tandoor/p2
    Thanks @caliking ! That thread is informative. I updated the blog post to link to it.

    Any pics from recent Big Green Tandoor cooks? Would love to learn more from you.
  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 254
    I’m hoping to try a variation of gyro meat on a skewer this way.  I know a vertical spit is the way to do this but thinking this may work for gyro kabobs.  I may drill a hole in the bottom of skewers and put some sort of stopper at the end that I can remove to pull the meat off. 
    Orange, CA - LBGE
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,276
    @Cornholio
    something like this? https://trompoking.com/
    canuckland
  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 254
    @Cornholio
    something like this? https://trompoking.com/
    Yes!  I’ve seen those but I haven’t even made gyro meat yet so figure this is a cheap way to try things out and I can use them for regular grilling skewers as well.  $16 for 20 sold me.  

    We have an unopened food processor I need to fire up and see if this is in my wheelhouse.
    Orange, CA - LBGE
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,490
    zahulio said:
    caliking said:
    @zahulio - here's an older thread that may be of interest to you, with some ideas for tandoori-style cooking on the BGE.

    https://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1147370/bgt-big-green-tandoor/p2
    Thanks @caliking ! That thread is informative. I updated the blog post to link to it.

    Any pics from recent Big Green Tandoor cooks? Would love to learn more from you.
    From what I've seen of your cooks, it may well be the other way around :)

    2 things i have learned though since that thread was posted -

    1. It is easy to do better than Shan masala mixes. I much prefer to tweak the spices as I see fit, than to be stuck with their blend. It took me some time to figure that out.

    2. Be careful with acidic marinades. If the marinade has yogurt or citrus in it, 4hrs refrigerated or 1 hr at room temp, max. Otherwise the texture of the protein starts getting mushy or has a chalky mouthfeel after cooking. 



    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 1,869
    Try wrapping pizza dough around that skewer. 
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