What’s better than ‘fried’ chicken made using the Vortex BBQ insert? If you’ve made it before, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t made it before, you’re missing out. In fact, you need to stop reading this point right now and order one for your charcoal grill. Then make this southern marinated fried chicken using the Vortex. It’s amazing. Crunchy skin. Tender, juicy meat. And packed with flavor and then some. You’ll swear it was fried in oil.
The seasoning is the key to the flavor in this southern marinated fried chicken using the Vortex. Nothing fancy, but oh so good on chicken. Left to marinate overnight, the seasoning ends up flavoring every bite, all the way through. And with no trouble at all, the Vortex cooks the chicken up perfectly.
I’ve never had leftover ‘fried’ chicken made using the Vortex. And I don’t think I ever will. There’s nothing about it but goodness. And even though I’ve made it hundreds of times, I’m still impressed each and every time. I still think that I’m enjoying fried chicken even though it’s grilled. It’s an amazing experience that is easy to boot.
Give me a grill, a Vortex full of lit charcoal, and a few pieces of chicken and I’m one happy guy. One of my all-time favorite things to make on charcoal my grill is ‘fried’ chicken using the Vortex. I’ve made countless variations, all fantastic. Like this spicy hot fried chicken using the Vortex. Just like all my others, it tastes and looks just like chicken fried in oil. This version brings a bit of heat. Just the right amount. And oh, so tender, juicy meat. This is a great, easy way to prepare delicious chicken. You’ll seriously not think this was done over coals and you’ll definitely think it’s deep fried in oil.
I have a few Vortex inserts because, well, I have a few grills. By far my favorite setup is the Vortex in my Weber Performer. I can easily fit 8 large bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts around the grill without crowding them. They have never come out anything but fantastic. It’s as easy as you can get to make something like this spicy hot fried Chicken using the Vortex. You just need a few ingredients and some charcoal and you’re ready to cook!
It only took me one time making potato wedges using my Vortex BBQ on my Weber charcoal grill to turn me into a full-blown addict. I use my Vortex a lot, to say the least. Wings, fried chicken, mostly but now also for a fantastic side dish. These Kickin’ Cajun potato wedges using the Vortex bring a nice kick, crispy skin, and cream potato-y insides. Get the ketchup out, if you want, or eat them straight-up. You can’t go wrong with them, that’s for sure!
The key to these Kickin’ Cajun potato wedges using the Vortex is the Kickin’ Cajun seasoning from Kosmos Q. Normally used as a wing dust, I’ve found that it’s much, much more than that. Like on these potatoes. It brings a bit of heat. Actually, quite a bit the more you use. So give it a (small) taste first to see how much kick you want.
Try and make sure you cut your potato wedges the same size as much as possible. You want them to cook evenly. And definitely don’t cut them too thin, like potato straws or French fries. Nice thick wedges are what you are after. If you end up with lil ole pieces at the edges of the potato, don’t use them for this.
Fill your Vortex BBQ with charcoal and light it up while preparing the potatoes.
Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, then half again lengthwise, and finally one more time lengthwise (i.e. you're cutting them into 1/8ths). You don't want them super thin, so for smaller potatoes you might only have to cut them 1/4ths. Transfer to a bowl.
Drizzle the potatoes with the oil and toss to coat.
Sprinkle the potatoes with the seasoning and baking powder and toss to coat. I've found that stirring them with your hands works best.
Once the charcoal is just ashed over place the potato wedges in a circle around the edges of your grill. Don't let the potatoes touch. It's ok if you need to put them in two or three rows. If some pieces are thicker than others try to locate those nearer the fire.
Place the cover on the grill with the top and bottom vents wide open.
Cook for 20-30 minutes, rotating the lid 90 degrees every 5 or so minutes. Start checking the potatoes after 15 minutes. Sometimes one side off the grill needs more heat as the wedges there aren't cooking quite as quickly as others. Just rotate the lid so the vent is near that side and let cook a bit longer.