Hey there. My name is Jimmy S, aka Kamado Jim (a word play on my grill of choice, the Kamado Joe).
Odds are, you’ve probably already figured out that I have a not-so-mild obsession with barbecuing on Kamado grills and the reason is simple: due to their ingenious, ultra-efficient design, they create the absolute best grilled food you’ve ever tasted. A bold claim for sure, yet one I’m happy to back up each and every time I pull a new meal off the grill (the cooks I’ve documented are available here, by the way).
Shortly after I took delivery of my Kamado Joe, I became so enamored with its capabilities that I decided to create this blog as a means to share and spread the Kamado cooking gospel.
The history behind Kamado Jim
It all started way back when I was eight years old or so. Because my parents were divorced, my mother and I would meet my father at a halfway point so I could spend every other weekend with him. The place where we met, that I must have frequented nearly a hundred times over the years, just so happened to be one of the top-rated barbecue restaurants on the east coast: Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que in Williamsburg, VA.
I quite literally grew up eating their ridiculously perfectly cooked pulled pork and over the years, an addiction to barbecue must have set in.
As the years went by, I’d enjoy finding other random hole-in-the-wall barbecue joints to eat at, but it wasn’t until my wife and I purchased our first house in 2013 that I really gained an interest in cooking my own. As a housewarming gift, my mother gave us a Weber Spirit E-210 gas grill and shortly thereafter, my wife gave me a Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker for my 32nd birthday. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the sheer joy I felt when pulling apart that first pork butt and realizing that I had just discovered an incredibly delicious and addictive new hobby. One that not only produced amazing meals, but also took me back to my childhood.
As I began to research smoking techniques for various cuts of meat, I stumbled upon a forum where other barbecue junkies were raving about how incredible their food was turning out and just how versatile their grills were, allowing them to grill, smoke, bake, and sear all within the same device. The common denominator between these folks was that they were all using ceramic grills / smokers, also referred to as Kamado style cookers. More than likely, you’ve probably seen or heard of the Big Green Egg which happens to be one of the better known Kamado grills out there.
So, being the analyst that I am (Health IT, in case you were wondering), I conducted further research on Kamado grills and was eventually led to the manufacturer of the Kamado Joe ceramic grill, which I purchased in July 2014 (why I picked the Kamado Joe over the Big Green Egg). It’s been barbecue bliss ever since!
What you’ll find here on Kamado Jim
If it’s related to cooking or smoking on Kamado grills, you’re going to find it here. From low and slow smoked pork to 700 F seared Ribeyes and everything in between, I’ll show you, step-by-step, how to produce some of the most amazing food you’ve ever eaten. You’ll also find a curated list of Kamado grill resources and a shop (powered by Amazon.com) selling a vast array of the tools and accessories you’ll need to complete your Kamado cooking experience.
That being said, I’d love to hear if you have any additional content ideas, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
Disclaimer and Disclosure
Kamado Jim is a blog where I post my opinions on various subjects and the information contained within this website is subject to change and holds no guarantees. I will not be held liable for any information contained within this website or any action you take or perform based on the information within this website. I am also not liable for the content on this website that is posted by others, i.e. blog post comments.
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