Large Adjustable Rig w/ Spider for Vision™ Grills - Low & Slow
How to set-up the Rig for low & slow on the Vision™ Grill
Barbeque is typically created using low cooking temperatures and slow cooking times. For most low & slow cooks (ribs, brisket & butts), the cooking temperatures range from 225°F to 275° F. The best way to recognize when a cook is done is by meat tenderness or internal temperature. We recommend you shy away from using the "so many hours per pound" method to determine meat doneness. Barbeque is just one of those lazy cooking methods that answers to the ole saying . . . "It's done when it's done!"
With ceramic cookers, the essential accessory to create mouth-watering barbeque is a heat diffuser or indirect piece. A heat diffuser or indirect piece protects the underside of the food from burning during the extended cook times. Using a heat diffuser or indirect piece in ceramic cooking is universally called an indirect set-up.
Our preferred indirect set-ups use ceramic stones. Why ceramic stones: Stones come in various sizes, lend themselves to multiple configurations, are durable, match the round shape of the cooker and have no legs to hinder airflow. Lump can burn in excess of 1200° F, so it's important to use the proper heat diffuser. Our stones are produced with high temperature cordierite formulas, have 5/8" minimum thickness and are made in the USA.
For the Vision™ Adjustable Rig we recommend the 15" Round Ceramic Stone. The 15" Round matches up nicely to the fire bowl's diameter, our 16" Stainless Drip Pan and the 18" grid. Plus the 15" can be purchased as two half stones, providing added grilling possibilities.
Single Grid Barbequing:
Barbeque cooks (smoking) on the Adjustable Rig is the same process as grilling, except now we add a ceramic stone and utilize lower cooking temperatures. Pictured below are the more common set-ups using the Rig and 15" Stone. The pictures use Vision's™ 19" and Ceramic Grill Store's 18" grid as the top grid. The typical set-up has the main grid atop the Adjustable Rig and the ceramic stone at the lower or middle Rig setting. These are perfect set-ups to slow smoke butts, ribs, spatchcock chickens or brisket packer.
In the two pictures below the 15" Round Ceramic Stone is at the Rig's lower setting, 1" above the fire bowl. Having the stone above the fire bowl provides better air movement than a stone at the top of or inside the fire bowl. We open up the area around the fire bowl but still maximize the indirect protection.
If you really want to open up the cooker, you can put the stone on the Rig's middle setting, 2.75 inches above the fire bowl, pictured below. This puts the stone close to the felt line and really opens up the airflow out of the fire bowl. It also makes it easy to add wood chunks during a cook, as you can pass them by the stone.
No other racking system offers the Rig's ability to move the Stone to varying heights for a barbeque cook and easily lift out the entire set-up during a cook.
As a side note, the 15" stones pictured are actual (2) 15" Half Ceramic Stones. Having half stone opens up more possibilities with half direct/indirect set-ups. More of this can be found in the Half Stone page but here are a couple pictures.
A drip pan is handy to catch dripping. Catching drippings will make the next cooker easier and quicker, as you won't have to burn off the crud. Our drip pans are Stainless steel and tapered to promote better air flow. They will tarnish but won't melt.
Some folks prefer to elevate the drip pan above the stone. It's easy to do with a second set of Crossbars or Slide Guide. Pictured below is Ceramic Grill Store's 16" Round Stainless Drip Pan on and above the 15" Stone. Foil the pan for easy pan clean up.
No other racking system lets you separate the Stone and Drip Pan and have both above the fire bowl. Having them both above the fire bowl opens up airflow for better circulation.
Be cautious with aluminum drip pans, as the cooker can reach temperatures to melt them. High temp mistakes do happen.
Indirect with the Spider for big meat cooks:
Using the Large Spider accessory is another way to set-up indirect with the Adjustable Rig. We only recommend using the Spider for big cooks: 4 pork butts, 2 briskets, or 6 racks of ribs. The Spider has legs and drops two inches into the fire bowl. The Spider holds the ceramic stone and 14" Round Stainless Drip Pan, creating the indirect set-up.
As you can see with the stone on the Spider, the air circulation is virtually unobstructed for 360 degrees around the entire stone. It is this unobstructed airflow that makes ceramic stones our preferred indirect (barbequing) method in ceramic cookers.
Whenever possible, set the Stone on the Rig. We only recommend placing the stone on the Spider when necessary - 2 grid, big meat cooks.
Two grid set-ups pictured below using a couple different grids configurations. One uses a drip pan, one does not. Just to show, you have options.
Before using the 15" Stone(s) on the Spider, verify the inside diameter of the fire bowl is at least 16.25". We recommend during your first couple cooks you monitor cooking temperatures and lump usage. This will insure proper airflow out of the fire bowl. We offer a 13" Round Ceramic Stone if you feel or find the airflow is too restrictive.
A more versatile set-up uses our sliding grid configuration. It is an effective way to manage spacing and still have easy access to the grids and lump. Pictured below left and center are two butts with two full racks of ribs. Pictured below right are four full racks of babyback ribs. With the four racks of ribs, you can slide the lower grid out. More on the Rig Extender and Sliding Grids can be found at our Slide Grids Page.