Alright. So last night was ~almost~ successful go at things… but not quite.
The chicken wasn’t 100% cooked through. I was very disappointed. When I thought my coals were finally hot enough, it turned out that they weren’t. Even after an hour & a half of cooking plus a good 10-15 minutes of resting when I thought it was done, turned out that my chicken was still raw in the leg. So I gave up at 615pm and chucked it into the oven at 410F for 15 minutes.
I am trying yet again to appease the Grilling Gods…
So far I’ve let about 4/5 of a chimney full of charcoal go for just over 45 minutes. There was still the odd chunk that didn’t have ash on it, but I figured by this point almost all of it was ready to go, so I dumped it into the bottom of the kettle (with the grate underneath, this time!) and now I’m letting the UFO preheat with the cooking grate for the last 15-ish minutes… hopefully everything inside will be screaming hot and ready for my offerings. Today we’re sacrificing cow and asparagus.
Cross your fingers that the UFO accepts my offerings.
I have to say, I’m feeling really, really badly for the neighbours and wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese family next door absolutely despises me now — there’s such a ridiculous amount of smoke today :/
[Edit: Yanno… I’m thinkin’ it’s my lump charcoal that’s fucking me over. The damn thing never stays hot as soon as you open up the lid :( I think I’m gonna try briquettes next time, screw this. 436pm]