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    Big Green Egg Advice Needed

    I know that a lot of you guys have Big Green Eggs. Also, I read TroutGeek's thread from last month where he just picked up an XL BGE. My step-son is thinking about getting one and, of course, his Mom (aka Sweetie!) would like to get him one for Christmas. And... I'm thinking about taking the plunge and getting one myself.

    I have a 5 burner gas grill which I also use to smoke stuff on. It works as a smoker, although it's not necessarily ideal. He just moved into a new house (from a townhouse) and currently has no outdoor cooking apparatus.

    Trying to figure out which size to get for both he and I. I'm usually in the "you can't go too big" camp (except when it comes to my belly size! ) so I'm kind of leaning towards the XL.

    So here are some "facts" that might influence your advice to me:
    ** Both households are childless (although we're patiently waiting on grandkids!)
    ** We live about 1.5 hours from each other, so it's not like we can just go down the street to use the other one's BGE
    ** Ribs are a favorite of both households. Generally no more than 2-4 racks would be prepared at any given time, although we do have family gatherings.
    ** Sweetie loves chicken - mostly legs/thighs - I don't generally do whole birds on the grill, although I'm not opposed to it.
    ** I've recently been playing around with using pizza stones for homemade pizza, so that might be something else that I'd use the egg for.

    Would the Large suffice, or should we just jump into the XL and be done with it? Does the XL use more fuel to get ready than the L? In other words, am I wasting charcoal with the XL?

    What are the minimum "starter accessories" that I should get for the BGE? A "nest" on wheels? Racks? A starter bag of some special charcoal (or whatever you burn in these things ), etc.

    I've got a local guy that is an authorized dealer. He knocks 10% off the retail price. Is that about normal or should I shop around?

    Are they tough to assemble?

    Am I missing anything obvious? Am I going to be the best step-dad in the world if I get him one? (Although he and his wife had me officiate their wedding, so I'm not sure how much more "best" I can get after that! )

    Not to put any pressure on you guys, but I'd like to make a decision by Monday. The local guy says it takes "about a week" to get them in when he orders, so ordering on Monday will hopefully get it here by Dec. 25.

    THANKS for all the advice that I know is heading my way!! You Big Green Tractor Guys are the BEST!
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    I don’t have the big green egg but I have a nice similar style, I have a 12” pizza stone, at first I thought I wanted bigger, but as it turned out this is great. I can make “individual” pizzas since the girls and wife and myself seem to have different tastes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    I know that a lot of you guys have Big Green Eggs. Also, I read TroutGeek's thread from last month where he just picked up an XL BGE. My step-son is thinking about getting one and, of course, his Mom (aka Sweetie!) would like to get him one for Christmas. And... I'm thinking about taking the plunge and getting one myself.

    I have a 5 burner gas grill which I also use to smoke stuff on. It works as a smoker, although it's not necessarily ideal. He just moved into a new house (from a townhouse) and currently has no outdoor cooking apparatus.

    Trying to figure out which size to get for both he and I. I'm usually in the "you can't go too big" camp (except when it comes to my belly size! ) so I'm kind of leaning towards the XL.

    So here are some "facts" that might influence your advice to me:
    ** Both households are childless (although we're patiently waiting on grandkids!)
    ** We live about 1.5 hours from each other, so it's not like we can just go down the street to use the other one's BGE
    ** Ribs are a favorite of both households. Generally no more than 2-4 racks would be prepared at any given time, although we do have family gatherings.
    ** Sweetie loves chicken - mostly legs/thighs - I don't generally do whole birds on the grill, although I'm not opposed to it.
    ** I've recently been playing around with using pizza stones for homemade pizza, so that might be something else that I'd use the egg for.

    Would the Large suffice, or should we just jump into the XL and be done with it? Does the XL use more fuel to get ready than the L? In other words, am I wasting charcoal with the XL?

    I fretted this decision too, but I can absolutely say now GET THE XL! I am sooooo glad I did, I could not imagine using the smaller large now, especially for doing a big brisket or ribs.

    It only "uses" charcoal when it's burning (obviously) but the major advantage of these type grills is the air control, you just shut all the vents when your done, the charcoal goes out quickly and cam be re-lit later for the next cook. Nothing is wasted.

    What are the minimum "starter accessories" that I should get for the BGE? A "nest" on wheels? Racks? A starter bag of some special charcoal (or whatever you burn in these things ), etc.

    For us it was the nest on wheels, the side shelves, the plate setter, and the ash cleanout tool. I have since added the pizza stone and cover.

    I've got a local guy that is an authorized dealer. He knocks 10% off the retail price. Is that about normal or should I shop around?
    They are pretty price-fixed, so 10% is a good deal.

    Are they tough to assemble?
    Not at all with two people. The Egg is HEAVY however but manageable.

    Am I missing anything obvious?
    Yes, some MEAT for it!

    Am I going to be the best step-dad in the world if I get him one?
    You would be to me! Especially if you got him the CyberQ Cloud from the BBQ Guru to go with it

    (Although he and his wife had me officiate their wedding, so I'm not sure how much more "best" I can get after that! )

    Not to put any pressure on you guys, but I'd like to make a decision by Monday. The local guy says it takes "about a week" to get them in when he orders, so ordering on Monday will hopefully get it here by Dec. 25.

    THANKS for all the advice that I know is heading my way!! You Big Green Tractor Guys are the BEST!
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    MiniMax for us

    As a different viewpoint, we got the minimax for the two of us because
    1) ‘we’ can lift it into/out of the truck when camping
    2) can still do a small turkey for 4 plus grandkids
    3) good tailgater if you do that (we dont)
    4) less cost
    5) it is portable (see 1 above)
    6} great for pizza
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    We don’t use ours ours for small meals LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    We don’t use ours ours for small meals LOL

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    I guess to start,, HMMMMMM,,,, who is the charcoal cooking guy?

    If you have only cooked on propane,, sometimes it is impossible to transition to charcoal.
    I am a transition,, I used propane for 20 years,, and have used Kingsford for the past 15 years.
    I prefer charcoal, but, I know LOTS of people that swear I am crazy for using charcoal.

    My grill of choice is a $19 Kingsford grill, and,,, I have zero interest in a BGE.
    (my Kingsford grill is a Weber copy)
    I use 300-500 pounds of charcoal a year. I do all the grill cooking.

    My results make everybody so happy,,
    the entire family cringes when I bring up the topic of a different grill,,,
    "everybody" equals about 12 people, with some occasional guests.

    You do not want to invest in a BGE, then have it set,, too much money invested not to use it.

    So, my recommendation is the grillmaster get used to charcoal with a $20-30 grill,,,THEN,,
    and only then, spend that much on a BGE,,,
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    We have the medium BGE, mostly for the two of us. But we have used it for family parties and seems to work fine, although sometimes the large would be better for our use. It is easy to assemble, just some heavy pieces to maneuver into place.

    The accessories we have:
    Nest with wheels, handy if we want to move from the shop porch to the patio.
    Folding side slat or the wooden folding tables mounted on each side of egg handle (whatever they are called)
    "convEGGtor" for indirect heat and cooking. We would not be without this accessory.
    For hamburger, we added a perforated grid to keep the burger from falling apart and into the fire.
    Rib rack for our ribs. We also use the rib rack for roast. Just flip the rib rack over and let the handles become the legs.
    The ash tool for cleaning out the ash tray.
    The special grill handle tool.
    The Green Egg lump coal. We have tried other brands, but seem their coal just lasts longer. After you're done cooking, shut your fire down by closing all vents and you will save on the leftover lump coal for the next cookout.

    We have smoked several 15-18 lb. wild turkey using fresh cut hickory or apple wood.

    Our favorites though are usually ribs.
    Ribs slabs cut in half on the medium size BGE.
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    We also cook up a dozen tenderloin on a nice day in Sept. or Oct. and then put them in the freezer. The wife reheats them and they last throughout the winter when we don't usually cook outside. IMO, I think they taste as good or even better when we do it this way.
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    Some ideas that may help. If we were to buy another one to replace the medium size, it would be the large size for us.
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    I have the XL and the L. If I were to do it again, I would likely get 2 XL so my advice would be to go with the XL. It is not that much difference in price but the cooking area is a good bit more.

    As for accessories, I would get the cleanout tool and the platesetter. I bought the cast iron platesetter as I had 2 of the ones made from the same material as the egg and they both cracked. You can always add the pizza stone if you want to make pizzas on it. I would also advise some mits so that you do not lose any hair on your arm if you forget to burp the egg before opening it fully, been there done that. I would also suggest an electric starter. They get the wood going pretty quickly and is ready to cook in less than 15 minutes.

    I personally will never buy another grill of any kind unless it is another BGE.
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