The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke


  Date: March 23, 2014
  Favorite: Beef
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The folks at Cook's Illustrated often publish recipes for these wonderful regional favorites that are only familiar to the folks who live in that particular area. In the process, they try to simplify yet improve the recipe while keeping the authentic flavor. America's Test Kitchens Hometown Favorites is a collection of regional favorites. This first recipe I tried was a Tex-Mex favorite and has me excited at the prospects for other great future recipes. The recipe was written for the oven, but I moved everything out to the Big Green Egg so I could add smoke, use my griddle grates to cook more tortillas faster than the 12" frying pan. I also used the BGE Dutch oven instead of the 12" cast iron frying pan called for. The amount of ground beef and sauce being made seemed a bit large for the frying pan. The high sides of the Dutch oven made it easier to stir the ingredients because you weren't worried about the pan spilling over. I also decided to use both Eggs. I ran the first Egg at 375 and used the flat top griddle grates and Dutch oven on this Egg. The second Egg was set up at 450 degrees with the Adjustable Rig . This allowed me to raised the grate level to a higher position in the dome allowing for even baking. It also allowed me to get this second Egg stabilized at 450 degrees while I was cooking on the other Egg. When it came time to bake the enchilada this second Egg was locked in at exactly 450 and opening the lid to add the food had little effect on the cooking temps In many ways this dish reminded me of a Mexican version of lasagna. It was a bit of work, but the end results were excellent. The choice to do it on the Egg to add smoke was a good one. Some people who didn't know I had used smoke, noticed it right away and liked the additional flavor.
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Americas Hometown Favorites

America's Test Kitchen - Hometown Favorites:

Beef Enchilada Casserole - Page 11

Indirect & Griddle Grilled:

Using Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker

Indirect Grilled:

Using Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker
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Big Green Egg
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Big Green Egg
BGE 1:
  • Food Processor
  • BGE S/S Grill Grid
  • BGE Half Moon Cast Iron Grill Griddle (Smooth Side Up) x2
  • BGE Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Lump Charcoal
BGE 2:
  • BGE Half Moon Cast Iron Grill Griddle (Smooth Side Up)
  • CGS AR Oval Pizza Stone
  • CGS AR Sliding Oval Grid
  • Maverick ET-732 Remote Read Thermometer
  • Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Lump Charcoal