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CajunCajun Posts: 147
edited 1:36PM in EggHead Forum
Been lurking here since after Christmas and would like to know what dwelling is and how it is done.[p]Newbie question sure, but I want it right


  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    Cajun, as I understand and do it (and if I'm wrong plenty of folks will chime in), dwelling is when you completely shut down the top and bottom vent and allow the BGE to "coast" down from the temperature it current is (in the case of steaks around 650-700) while continuing to cook.

  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    Cajun,[p]In short, it's when you cook at high temps and then shut down the Egg's vent and chimney. Basically you're snuffing out the fire like you do at the end of every cook. The difference is that the food is still in there cooking at lower temps and with much less searing than when the fire is a full bore. It's used most often when doing steaks. [p]You will often see something like: cook the steaks at 3-3-2. This means that you sear one side for 3 min and the other side for 3 min and then dwell (close up the Egg) for 2 min.[p]Tim
  • GWWGWW Posts: 43
    Tim M,
    Just make sure you burp your egg before you open it to remove your steaks!....forgot last night...ooops..singed everything up to my eyebrows! cool looking fireball!

  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    It's a play on words. It's origin started when Mr. Mike Sutter coined it on the Kamado Inc Forum about 4 years ago. Mr. Sutter was the former webmaster there. As Tim and Wise one suggest its a period of time where the product your cooking remains in a captive heat environment.
    Perhaps to dwell on something means to "linger"?
    Sometimes we stretch the imagination in using terminology not really associated with the general practice of recipes, and cooking techniques. To each his own..

  • Cajun,[p]Its indoor cooking equivalent would be searing meats on the stove top in a pan to create a crust, then putting meats in the oven to finish the cook.[p]
  • CajunCajun Posts: 147
    Thanks to Char-Woody, Tim M, gww, and Wise One for the info. I wasn't sure and I wanted to get started on the right foot.[p]I am supposed to get my "Christmas gift" today. A large egg. The wife bought it before Christmas and the BBQ Galore folks indicated a Christmas delivery. Here it is 1/19/01 and I still don't have it. Supposed to come in today. All I have are the 1,000 or so accessories I have bought since Christmas and the egg nest. Cool nest though. It is an iron one with a stainless steel sheet on top with a circular hole (empty for now) cut in the top.[p]Been lurkin' since Christmas in this forum and have probably two inches worth of paper printed out on starup, marinating, cooking, receipes, etc.[p]CAN'T WAIT TO ACTUALLY GET STARTED.[p]As I am a Cajun (born and bred), I do cook and this is definitely a step up on the Q'in side of things.[p]You guys are great and I look forward to future intercourse in this forum (pun unintended)[p]Cajun[p]

  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    Cajun, Great to have you aboard and your welcome. I am sure you will live up to your handle. Cajun style cooking is fantastic on the BGE. I had some firebreathing jerky with cajun seasonings..whoooooeeeeee. Lots of our folks are from the deeeeeeeep south and contribute good stuff.
    Dig in and have fun...

  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    char buddy, thats pretty good, wish I had said that..:-)
    Nice comparison, no smoke tho :-)

  • CajunCajun Posts: 147
    Thanks for your kind words. One thing though. I have run across this everywhere I go. Cajun cooking is spicy, and not necessarily just "Whoop te do" hot. Although I like it hot, the main deal with cooking Cajun style is the "homegrown" spices and ways we combine things for flavoring. Of cource, hot stuff is one of the main ingredients.[p]Thanks again

  • SloMoSloMo Posts: 21
    It only required once to lose all the hair on my arm before I got a pair of leather welders gloves. They are now one of my most used Eggcessories. Well worth the low cost and can be found at HomeDepot, Lowes and a lots of hardware stores (also known as a mans toy shop).

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,523
    heh heh heh. Fire. Heh heh heh. Cool. Heh heh heh.
    Yep. Pays to be on your toes while playing with oxygen starved fires.
    Hope they grow back quick.
    great weekend to ya.
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  • gww, I`m REALLY REALLY REALLY hoping you weren`t naked![p]Roger

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