This practice cook was done on a cool morning with a temperature of about freezing. Was also doing some rub trials.
The Jumbo Joe heating up for the steak.
I have a Stainless Steel charcoal basket that matches the size of my Grill Grates and also my Weber cast iron griddle. I start with a full chimney of lump and pour about 1/4th of it cold into my charcoal basket. I fire up the remaining lump and add it to the basket and add a chunk of hickory.
Add the grill grates and let it heat up for about 20 minutes.
Get my tools ready as it goes pretty fast.
I let the meat warm up for about 45 minutes. The full size steak is prepped with my favorite steak rub and and would be the steak I would turn in at a contest. The two half steaks are part of my on going rub trials.
Checked the cooker after the 20 minute warm up and found it at about 625 degrees on the Grill Grates and this should be perfect for the char marks.
Cooked my turn-in steak to medium as required and it looked pretty good coming off of the cooker.
I think the competition steak looks pretty good and did come out quite well.