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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 12:23 PM
Just wondering if anyone might have a Big Green Egg (or another ceramic grill)

I just ordered one and am looking forward to a little more breadth in my grilling/bbq'ing

If anyone has any experience and or recipes they'd like to share, feel free.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 12:28 PM
You must have won the lottery!

i think - aren't those things expensive, at least with respect to a weber charcoal kettle grill?

 
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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 12:41 PM
Not to sidetrack the Egg thread, but I guess I will anyhow....

I have a charcoal smoker, Brinkman or some such (translated ... not $399) and only use it occasionally.

For starters it is hard to keep the charcoal going all day or whatever your smoking timetable is. You have to always have some charcoal cooking on the side to add...and therefore a bit hard to keep a constant temperature.

My cheap smoker, I had to modify so the grill level sat down deeper in the smoker so when I do 'beer can chicken' for example, the lid still fit on...(who would build a smoker that you couldn't do beer can chicken on?)

Anyhow, the "best" smokers I have seen are the ones people have made themselves with the heat source off to one side with a separate accessible door for that. Just my opinion.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 12:49 PM
A Big Green Egg is on my wish list. I know some folks who use their BGE's daily. Seriously daily.
Right now I split my grilling/smoking between a cheap ol Aussie grill and a Brinkmann Smoker. It is a chore to keep the temps steady in the Brinkmann but man I've cooked some mighty fine food on that.

Good luck with BGE... post some pictures of the finished products.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 12:57 PM
I can cook anything on my Weber 22. Anything. I smoke plenty of things on that bad boy.

What I really want is the Ranch Kettle.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 01:08 PM
You can't go wrong with any grill that cooks with charcoal. I have a brinkmann too Don. They are pretty good grills. The coal tray raises and lowers, double grills, slide out tray for easy cleaning, its big enough to cook indirectly which is very important for cooking BBQ..... boston butts or shoulders. Room for a big foil drip pan too.


I would love to have one. My dad imported 250 grills that were very similar to the green egg back in the mid sixties. He was way ahead of his time in a lot of stuff he bought. We even had flair ink pens then. Way before they started selling well. Ours were called Bank Sign Pens. They even wrote from both ends. Red on one end and black on the other.

Here is the only picture of our grill I could find. Check the crate behind the little girl, who I have no clue who she is. Must of been a customers daughter that came in that day. Check out that old hand stapler. We still have that. I wish I still had one of those grills too.



 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 01:17 PM
I've mostly had propane grills. I've always enjoyed the charcoal flavor, but they were made of sheet metal (like most of my propane grills) and they rust out in 5 years or so.

So when I went looking around at grills I was trying to find a long lasting versatile solution. Being ceramic really helps if you want to make pizza (like a brick oven fired pizza - I'd also like to bake bread this way, and maybe eventually cold smoking some cheese). First will most likely be ribs!

I also have an std 18" kettle style which works "acceptably", I think I just wanted a step up.

I ordered the large Egg (18"). and while the XL(22") is priced at $1100, you normally can find them for $1000. The main reason I went with the LG is due to less charcoal usage. I don't often have more than a handful of people to cook for (5-10, and mostly just for myself).

I love that pic of the Weber Ranch Kettle. I've seen it used on Primal Grill to cook "Lomo el trapo" (or something like that). Btw, Steven Raichlen rocks!

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 01:55 PM
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I've mostly had propane grills. I've always enjoyed the charcoal flavor, but they were made of sheet metal (like most of my propane grills) and they rust out in 5 years or so.

So when I went looking around at grills I was trying to find a long lasting versatile solution. Being ceramic really helps if you want to make pizza (like a brick oven fired pizza - I'd also like to bake bread this way, and maybe eventually cold smoking some cheese). First will most likely be ribs!

I also have an std 18" kettle style which works "acceptably", I think I just wanted a step up.

I ordered the large Egg (18"). and while the XL(22") is priced at $1100, you normally can find them for $1000. The main reason I went with the LG is due to less charcoal usage. I don't often have more than a handful of people to cook for (5-10, and mostly just for myself).

I love that pic of the Weber Ranch Kettle. I've seen it used on Primal Grill to cook "Lomo el trapo" (or something like that). Btw, Steven Raichlen rocks!





Buy a bag of hickory chunks, not chips. Don't soak the chunks in water. Lay on the edge of the charcoal and when flames up, blow out the flame and set on the grill with your food. Shut the lid too. Works great with just about any food on the grill. Especially vegetables. My neighbors complain all the time about the smell of a county fair coming from my yard.......good stuff............

You will eventually learn how much charcoal to use. I usually cook for just Susie and myself. Better to much than not enough charcoal. Your gonna love that egg.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 02:00 PM
Next you will be buying one of these. One of the best cooking devices I have ever used.


 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 02:04 PM
ummmm ummmmm, But don't forget your drip pan......


 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 02:13 PM
Once you have used your Big green egg awhile you'll be glad you got it and spent the extra money. Ive had one a few years and love it. In the past I bought a cooker about every 5 years due to rust. Big green egg won't do that and works great as a smoker, grill or oven. One load of charcaol starts in 10-15 min. with just a couple of starter chips and will get temps in excess of 800 deg. for searing or will last all day at around 200 for smoking. Has wonderful temp controls by the use of the two vents. Very versitle.You gonna love it. Good cookin to ya.
 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 02:29 PM
Am I the only one that is very hungry after reading this thread and looking at some of the pictures?


 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 04:21 PM
you know, most people would think there's just something wrong with men who take photos of their meat.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2010 at 07:54 PM
Inserting my own opinon here, but Wannabe made the right move. Been using a WSM for many years and it can't be beat! A lot less expensive and runs like a champ. Set it and forget it for temps @ 225-250 for 16 hours +.
 

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  posted on 5/6/2010 at 11:47 AM
I tell ya what works great. Find an old oven/stove. close the top and use the inside to 'smoke'...fire in the broiler....works like a pro.

 

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I tell ya what works great. Find an old oven/stove. close the top and use the inside to 'smoke'...fire in the broiler....works like a pro.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2010 at 11:47 AM
I tell ya what works great. Find an old oven/stove. close the top and use the inside to 'smoke'...fire in the broiler....works like a pro.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2010 at 04:23 PM
WBD, that picture borders on being BBQ pornography!
I'm hungry now and I just came back from the KleerVu Lunchroom.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2010 at 09:49 PM
Let us know how your first meal goes! i have been thinking about one as well. People are very into them and design and build nests around their eggs. good luck!

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 08:45 AM
I'm sure I will, in fact I'm picking up some red oak today to try and make a table. Hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew

 

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  posted on 5/8/2010 at 08:59 AM
There was a Big Green Egg over on River Road this year, between Big Dave's camper and LikeToSmoke's hospitality tent. He had it in a home made nest made to fit in the back of his pickup truck. It looked like it would be great for tailgating!

Good luck on the woodworking project, post a pic when it's done...










 

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  posted on 5/9/2010 at 04:37 PM
Here is the first day's progress of building a table for the Egg...

Raw materials:


Upper and Lower frames assembled, and mounted to the legs:



This took about 12 hours. Next up is urethane.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2010 at 05:25 PM
Looking good!!









 

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  posted on 5/11/2010 at 11:20 AM
How's it looking so far? Have you put The Big Green Egg in it yet?









 

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  posted on 5/11/2010 at 11:48 AM
naw, I actually don't have the grill in hand. I should have it by Saturday. Which is actually good because the sanding of this table is taking longer then expected. And I want to get 3 coats of urethane on.

I will surely post some more pictures when any noticeable progress is made. We should be cutting the boards for the top of the two frames tomorrow evening.

 

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