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Help with PRO Q + BBQ GURU

Post  michael kelly on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:08 am

Hello All
I have just got my self a new pro q excel and also a BBQ guru . My first cook was for my birthday and i slow cooked 3 types of meat at once, two chickens , slab of sirloin , and a leg of lamb the cook went really well and my friends were most happy. I have try ed two cooks after that but i seam to be having trouble getting my pit temp up to my desired temp it sits around 150 C, for about 40 min and then drops slowly i was trying to cook my chicken at 180 C, for 1 and a half hours the fan on the guru was running the hole cook and there was loads of charcoal and the vents were all closed except for the one at the top this has happened two times now i cant seam to get the temp to reach my desired temp , can any one help me please Smile

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Post  pb.bbq on Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:14 pm

Hello Michael

The desire temp you want to be running the excel at for a low and slow cook is between 200F to 250F that's between 93C to 121C. Not 150C which is 302F and you don't really want to be trying to do any low and slow cooks at 180C which in Fahrenheit is 356. That's to high for a low and slow cook. the internal temp of the chicken when it is done should be 165F which is about 74C the amount of time it should take should be around 3.5 hours.

I hope that was helpful

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THANK YOU

Post  michael kelly on Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:30 am

Yes that's grate ill give it ago this weekend got some friends coming over will let ya's know how i get on , i was still wondering why my temp was dropping tho i was thinking with the guru it would stay at my desired temp hmmm strange maybe ill try to put the fan inlet more under the charcoal basket .. i might have to drill a hole more further down my pro q Mad 

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Post  pb.bbq on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:32 am

Hi Michael

re the guru I would not drill a hole into the centre of the base and put it directly under the charcoal basket as that is the area that catches the ash
I have not personally used a guru but seen it done and it has been put on one of the bottom vent with the other holes on the same vent sealed off and also the other 2 vents on the base were closed as well.
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Post  michael kelly on Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:01 am

Thanks for the advice i have got my guru fan set in the hole at the top of the vent (top hole of the 3) and the other holes taped and closed except the one at the top of the pro q , when i had finished my last cook i opened the bottom door and found after the door being opened for a short wile the charcoal seam to burn a lot better raising the temp on the guru higher and faster than when i was cooking. It looked to me that the fire was not breathing right the unit (guru) comes with 2 size fans and i got the biggest one it s meant to do a cooker a lot bigger than the pro q ... my air vent (blower) is just sitting above the rim of the charcoal cage sl not sure ill have a nother play around with it the weekend ... thanks again for your advice Very Happy 

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Post  pb.bbq on Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:10 am

Hi Michael

That's not a problem,
I hope you have a good BBQ at the weekend maybe you can post some photos of what you have smoked

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Just thinking

Post  michael kelly on Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:17 am

just thinking is it possibly to get pork crackle to crackle on a pro q ?

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Post  pb.bbq on Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:27 am

Hi Michael

You can give it a go I haven't done it myself.
if you do let me now the results
and it would good to see some photo of what
you have cooked

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Post  michael kelly on Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:29 am

yep ill get onto it today going to get a leg of pork now and get it on. Got to track down the camera and will take some shots for you all better get cracking as time is a wasting lol will keep you posted Smile

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