I have to give my praise to this cooker/grill/smoker/roster/broiler etc....
I had never heard of them and my wife asked if I would like one for Father's Day last year. I briefly looked at them online at their website and decided we didn't need one without even really researching it or anything. I couldn't find prices so just basically blew the idea off but did look for retailers near us. About a month ago we were in the city where closest dealer was located so just by chance made the stop on our way home at the last second.
It was a family outing to get baseball supplies for the year and I was just going to run in and price them so left the wife/kids in the van. Well once I got in there and saw a whole section of the store devoted to this little magnificent thing I knew they would be waiting longer than just a price check. There were two setup with the racks and nests in a large and medium. The price was a little more than I expected but asked for someone to help me out anyway since I was genuinely interested in learning more about all these contraptions that could be used with the grill. The lady said, "Sure, let me get John to help you!" It was at that moment I knew if he was any type of salesmen that he would reel me in, hook, line, and sinker.
Sure enough he knew everything there was to know about this thing and even used his "supposedly" 4-5 times a week even throughout the winter. I was shocked to learn how many different ways this grill could be used from grilling at any temp between 180*-800+* with rather precise temp control but it didn't stop there! This thing could smoke with indirect heat and even bake a pie. The entire concept was so mind blowing that I let him give me his entire spill without hesitation. Then I asked about a larger size since I cook for 50-75 people at parties a few times each year. Sure enough he had an extra large still in the crate that he hadn't had time to set up since he had just sold the one that was on display. So we walked back to the storage area and he showed it to me and explained just how much food could be cooked on it at one time. It wasn't until I asked how much the XXL cost that I was sold on the XL. Aprox $1600 for the XL with nest and side racks compared to over $3000 for the XXL. I told him that I would most likely be back with a trailer in the next couple of days that I needed to talk with my wife and read up on it a bit before just jumping right in; although, I had a good feeling that I'd be cooking on that XL Big Green Egg sooner rather than later.
After a 15-20 minute wait in the van with a 3 year old and 7 month old my wife knew I'd have quite a bit to share. The first thing I said was, "We have to get one but I don't know if we need to spend that much right now since spending so much on tractor, saltwater chlorine pool system, and taxes (owed this year from student loan forgiveness)yadayadayada.... Because the freaking thing is $1700 of complete awesomeness!" I handed her the brochure and asked her to see how the capacities compared between the large and XL but thought really needed to spend the extra on the larger one. She wasn't quite as amazed as me by all the methods of cooking that could be done on it but was rather interested to say the least. I'm not a great story teller by any means but she could see the excitement written all over me.
Once we made it home I spent the majority of that night and the following day watching YouTube videos and was blown away by how easy everyone made it seem to cook stuff that we then never attempted since didn't have a means of smoking. The videos just made us both want it even more and started asking around to see if anyone we knew had one of these things and somehow didn't tell us about it. Sure enough one person did (her hair dresser) and said that we had to have one. That probably wasn't the tipping point but it was enough that we made the trip and picked it up.
I don't have any experience with smoking/bbq but have been grilling for 25+ years. I've used this thing atleast 5 days out of each week we've had it and couldn't be any happier. I am a steak connoisseur and I'm not proud of it by any means because it just ruins most attempts at trying steak from many restaurants. There are only 3 places I can confidently order a steak right now. Ruth's Chris, Doe's Eat Place, and Charlie's Steak House (now served by Torrino's) which of the three only one is a chain so have to travel to their only locations. This Egg along with a little experience can provide us with better than Ruth's Chris and close to if not equal to the other two places 2.5" thick porterhouse cooked medium rare for me and medium for the wife. Even 2.5" local fillets that aren't graded Prime were so so good. Everything I've tried to cook has been better than expected even pizzas from scratch; although, I did burn one on accident but just made another and kept an eye on it. That was the second time I tried to cook pizza and let the temp rise a tad too much. But, if one has access to Prime beef and loves steak then this thing is a no brainer. Salt, pepper, and a touch of garlic, scallion, butter on top while resting will provide an amazing experience in your mouth.
Ok. That's enough but had to share my experience.