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Big Green Egg - Pt. 9 - Eggcessories-Cooking

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The third and final part of this blog on Eggcessories (accessories) for the BGE will discuss the cooking related Eggcessories that I got whey I ordered with my Egg or I picked up in my first few weeks of ownership. I wanted to write about my initial impressions while they are fresh in my mind. If my initial impressions prove to be wrong or change over time, I will certainly write an update. Part 2 covered general grill related Eggcessories such as Nests (stand), shelves, covers etc. For this entry I will discuss Eggcessories for cooking on the Egg itself that I feel are essential for most people and some others that are nice to have. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 8 - Eggcessories-Genral

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Part two of this blog on Eggcessories (accessories) for the BGE will discuss the general use Eggcessories I picked up in my first few weeks of ownership. I wanted to write about my initial impressions while they are fresh in my mind. If my initial impressions prove to be wrong or change over time, I will certainly write an update. For this entry I will discuss Eggcessories for the grill itself that I feel are essential for most people and some others that are nice to have. Part 3 of this Eggcessories entry will cover Eggcessories for specific cooking related tasks., such as the Platesetter, the Cast Iron Grill Grate, the Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 7 - Eggcessories-Big Picture

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Accessories, often called Eggcessories, for Big Green Egg. They are made by both the Big Green Egg Company and creative 3rd party companies, often run by fellow Eggheads. I thinks this is one of the things that separates the Big Green Egg from some of the similar Kamado cookers out there: The large and healthy ecosystem of Eggcessories. The BGE came first and has been around the longest, and has the largest amount of accessories. But the other makers of Kamado cookers often have a model that is the same size as one of the models of Eggs, often the Large Egg. This means some of the Accessories for these Kamado cookers will fit the Egg and vice versa. Now some folks find all of these Eggcessories to be too pricey and feel you shouldn’t have to pay extra for them. This first part of this multi-part entry ill discuss some of these big picture controversies. If you just want to learn more about some specific Eggcessories, feel free to skip to the second entry in this series. This second Eggcessories blog entry will describe some of the Eggcessories I’ve bought for my new Egg at this point in time. I’ll also discuss which ones I think are essential and which ones I think are nice to have. But lets start with the big picture. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 6 - Best in Class Pizzas

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One of the great pleasures of owning the Big Green Egg (BGE) is Pizza on the Egg. Part of me is surprised to be writing this, because I really have pizza down on my gas grill. It was my favorite pizza. The Egg is my new Got To grill for making pizza. This blog entry will discuss pizza on the Egg and what changed my mind about this new method of cooking pizza. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 5 - Total Cost of Ownership

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This blog is about a topic most folks don’t consider when they are looking to buy something. It is called Total Cost of Ownership or TCO. TCO factors in annual operating and maintenance costs, training costs, cost of downtime etc. When I first started writing this series of blogs about my initial impressions about the Big Green Egg (BGE), I had no intention of writing this particular blog entry. But two things caused me to consider writing this blog. The first was how many folks hear the price of the BGE, roll their eyes and dismiss it as an over-priced gimmick. The second item was when I found you actually could use your charcoal over and over again and I saw first hand just how stingy the BGE was with charcoal. This is a case where over time, and not much time, the BGE, and more broadly Kamado style grills, actually cost you less than traditional charcoal grills. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 4 - 1st Low & Slow

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My second cook on my new Big Green Egg was a low and slow brisket cook. While the brisket itself was a mixed bag, from a technical standpoint, I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about this cook-even one with mixed results. This blog will describe my first impressions of doing low and slow on a Big Green Egg. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 3- Myths & Legends

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When I interrupted this series of blogs about my new Big Green Egg I wrote: “I am going to interrupt my ongoing Big Green Egg blog love fest for a moment to…” . Later it occurred to me, perhaps I should address some credibility issues regarding some claims about the Big Green Egg. I used to hear Eggheads raving about their BGE’s, going on and on about how great it is and how it is almost a lifestyle. I used to roll my eyes and keep a civil tongue and avoid making nasty comments. I knew it was a good grill, but come on lets get real. It really can’t be that much better. It suddenly occurred to me, that I too was doing this - although I am trying not to be too annoying about it. So I thought before I start turning people off and having them dismiss me and some of these BGE related blogs as the product of yet another person who has drunken the KoolAid, I should address some of these claims about the BGE. I am a newbie Egghead and before I get too assimilated, I should address some of these points based on my real world experience making the switch. I was also thinking it might be interesting for me to revisit this blog in a year or two and answer the questions again. Read More...
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EZ-Up, EZ-Down - Don't Try at Home

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Earlier this year in my blog entry: EZ-Up Version 2, I talked about how I had replaced my 6 year old Ez-Up shelter with a new model this past spring. Back then I noted they had changed the roof support system, I thought it might be done for value engineering purposes (a nice name for making the product less costly that sounds better than cheapening). I was wondering if the roof would hold up as long as the last one. It didn’t. I got 5 years out of the first shelter and I had to take down the second shelter after 3 months, before it came down itself and took my grills with it.

I have written a little more about this in a 2014 blog entry called: FAIL & PARTIAL SUCCESS Read More...
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Site Milestones

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I am going to interrupt my ongoing Big Green Egg blog love fest for a moment to address two site related milestones. The first one is my 300th Blog Post. I noticed that when I posted my last Blog entry which was post number 300. In thinking about that, I realized it has been a year plus a few days since the second version of this website went live on 08-05-11. So if you are looking for food related items you should move along. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 2- 1st Cook

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My new Big Green Egg was assembled and I was faced with an important decision: What to make for my first meal on my new baby? I was also dealing with some restrictions based on the newness of my grill. They strongly recommend you keep the temperature below about 375 F (190C) for your first couple cooks. This allows the gasket some break in time. Also I was new to not only the BGE, but direct charcoal grilling in general. I’d only used my CharGriller Smokin’ Pro as an indirect smoker. I also wanted to keep things somewhat simple so I could focus on learning the new grill. This blog entry will describe my choice of meal, my reasoning, the results and what I learned in my first session with the BGE. Read More...
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Big Green Egg - Pt. 1 - Assembly

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This blog entry will describe the delivery and on site assembly of my new Large Big Green Egg (aka BGE or Egg). Part of the reason for posting this blog entry is so potential future purchasers of the Egg will know a little bit about what is involved. This way they can decide if installation isn’t free for them, whether they want to pay for installation or do it themselves. It is not intended to be a How-To, but more of a Scope of Work overview. Read More...
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Q: Where Have You Been? A: Taken By a Cult

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I've been away from grilling and smoking for about two months now. I can always tell when it's been a while. There're a few folks who either regularly read my blog, or enjoy seeing my picture posts, and they will send me an email or use the Comment feature on my website. They'll ask if everything is okay and how come I haven't been posting to my site. I've received 4 such inquiries in the last two weeks, so I know it's been a while. It's been a combination of things, either other things that take up my grilling time or no one around to grill for. I've been doing simple burgers or dogs for me, but that's not worth posting pictures or blogs about here. All is not lost though: in this downtime I've actually joined a cult! Read More...
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