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Big Green Egg

Adjustable Rig-Seeing Double

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This blog entry will be about the addition of my second Adjustable Rig to my Eggcessories. It is intended to help support my recently purchased third Egg dedicated to baking tasks. It was around this time last year that I had bought my first Adjustable Rig and I was still unsure how much I would actually use it. I could see great potential in it, but I have no idea how essential it would become to my day-to-day grilling. At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. By spring if I found if I had 2 Eggs fired up, one had the Adjustable Rig on it. By the time I got my third baking Egg, I knew I would probably need a second Adjustable Rig. Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII - Swag Bag

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For some folks the EGGtoberfest t-shirt and the swag bag are one of the highlights of Eggtoberfest every year. For two years in a row I have picked up items that I always liked in their catalogue, but wasn’t willing to spend my money on. IT is like the people choosing what to put in the swag bag each year knew my guilty pleasures. This blog entry will show pictures of and/or describe the contents of this years swag bag. Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII - Tips & Lessons Learned

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I posted some of these Tips last year, but they were scattered throughout the long blog I wrote about EGGtoberfest. Since folks reading this year’s Eggtoberfest blog entries may not see that 2013 blog, I am posting a blog entry this year consolidating all of the tips in one place. Additionally I am adding some new items from this years show. Also there were some items from last year that were less than perfect. I am writing a section on the lessons learned the organizers needed to improve on from last year’s show. Did the show sponsors learn from last year? Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII - Cook's Area

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This EGGtoberfest blog entry will discuss the (Eggheads) Cook’s area. There're actually two areas on site where serious cooking is going on. Down near the BGE Company Store Tent is a second very large tent which is the BGE Culinary Partners Cooking Tent. Here you will find well-known chefs who are partnered with BGE such as: Dr. BBQ or Linke Marais, or companies like Dizzy Pig Spices, who have folks there cooking food to show off their particular products. The largest area of the grounds is the Cook's Area where spaces are set up for regular Eggheads to make foods showing off their cooking prowess in the capabilities of the Big Green Egg. There are many places you can get information about the great food that was cooked this day and which were the best booths. Instead of beating a dead horse I am going to describe the cooks area in a much more general sense. This way people who have not gone to EGGtoberfest before will know what to expect if they do go some day. Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII - Comapany Store Tent

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This year I am dividing up my blogs about Eggtoberfest into more bite-sized pieces. It makes them faster to get up and folks can pick and choose what topics interest them. My first blog describe my visit to the BGE brick-and-mortar retail store at the Mothership in Tucker, GA. This blog will describe the BGE retail store which gets set up at Eggtoberfest in a VERY large tent. Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII - Mini-Max Debut

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Last year’s EGGtoberfest XVI marked the coming out party for the largest BGE introduced to date: the 30” (74 cm) diameter XXL. This year marked the introduction of a new Egg at the other end of the spectrum: The Mini-Max. Last year there were a total of 3 XXL’s in the wild at the show. This year the Mini-Max was was in greater supply. This blog will discuss the Mini-Max and some of what I heard about it making the rounds at EGGtoberfest. Let me also say: I don’t have a dog in this hunt. I don’t have the need for the portability or size that the Mini-Max or Mini or Small bring to the equation. So I am writing this more as a matter of interest, than as a preview of a product I want. There has been a lot of interest in this product, so I figured I would share what I have learned at EGGtoberfest with others who didn’t go to the show. Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII - Meet & Greet

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My second blog entry regrading Eggtoberfest XVII will describe the Meet and Greet Event which occurs the night before the main event. It is an optional event with it’s own separate ticket. In the full disclosure department, this entry will be an overview because my wife and I ended up spending an enjoyable evening sitting with one other couple. As a result we did zero mingling and meeting and greeting. Last year was the first year the Meet and Greet was being held at a new venue and there was some room for improvement. This year they seemed to have fixed last year’s issues and no new issues came up. Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII - Mothership

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This year I plan to handle my blog entries about my visit to EGGtoberfest 2014 differently than I did for EGGtoberfest 2013. Last year I wrote 2 VERY long entries that took me until some time in December to get out. This year I will break the event down into more manageable bite sized chunks. This means I will be able to get some blogs up in a more timely manner and while the impressions are still fresh in my head. Also folks can pick and choose which of the shorter entries interest them and read just those. This first entry will cover my visit to the BGE Company Store at the headquarters in Tucker, GA.
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High in the Dome

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I used my new third Egg (dedicated to baking), to make another batch of scones baked high in the dome. Like the first batch, this round was as close to technically perfect as a cook is going to get. I am very pleased to say the least. So far cooking high in the dome has resulted in a BETTER more evenly baked, more predictable end product than I get with my indoor oven. This blog will cover my experiences to date. I am also going to mention a few advantages I find having the dedicated Egg for baking. Read More...
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This Roast Takes the Crown

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…for best lamb dish I have ever made or eaten. I made this dish for the first time this year for Easter. I made it a total of 3 times this year and it has been consistently excellent. I made this on my Big Green Egg, but it can be made on most any grill as long as it is big enough to fit the roast. In the past 6 months I have received questions about it via the Contact Form on this site. So I figured a blog entry about the cook might be in order. Most of the people that wrote to me were concerned with the degree of difficulty of this roast. Before I made a CROWN ROAST OF PORK for Christmas dinner 2013, I always figured these roasts were hard. As you will see the reality is just the opposite, this roast is VERY easy to prepare and cook and, as I mentioned, this is the best lamb dish I have ever made. Read More...
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AR Raised Indirect Baking - First Attempt

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I picked up and assembled my 3rd BGE Sunday. My plan is to use it s a dedicated baking Egg that will never have wood used in it other than lump charcoal. I wanted to do something a bit different and a bit special in it. I decided on TENDER PEACH SCONES since peaches were in peak season and available fresh from farm stands all around here. I also took the opportunity to see how raised indirect baking, high in the dome of the Egg worked. This marks my first attempt baking high in the dome and this blog describes the results. Read More...
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Triple Threat

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I am rather pleased and surprised to be saying that a third Large Big Green Egg will be sharing space under my grill gazebo with my other two LBGE's in about two weeks. A few years ago this would have seemed like crazy talk to me. I’m sure to people who don’t own an Egg or other Kamado grill it seems like crazy talk too. This blog will cover my thought process and how I got to this point. Read More...
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EGGtoberfest XVII Bound

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I am happy to say for the second year in a row my wife and I will be attending EGGtoberfestXVII on Columbus Day weekend. We have our our plane tickets, hotel, rental car and most importantly the event tickets. Last year my wife and I made a little mini-vacation out of the trip, arriving a day early and staying two days after. That is the plan again this year as Columbus Day is a 3-day weekend for us. There have been a few tweaks made to it this year which I will discuss briefly below... Read More...
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New & Improved Draft Door - Install

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As I wrote in my blog entry CRACKED EGG, the new base came with the new and improved draft door. I liked it better than the old one immediately. It solved three problems without causing any new issues. I liked it enough and also for the sake of a consistent experience that I decided the next time I talked with my Big Green Egg dealer I would see about ordering one. That opportunity came quicker than I expected when my ceramic Fire Ring cracked a few weeks later (see CRACKED EGG II). The new door cost $39.00 so I went ahead and ordered it and picked it up when I picked up the replacement Fire Ring. I installed it on a week day where there was going to be some time before I needed to use both Eggs. This blog will document the experience and the things that went went and some of the lessons I learned when things didn’t go perfectly. Read More...
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Cracked Egg II

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To my great surprise about a week after I replaced the bottom half of my second large BGE, I had another part crack. This time it was the ceramic Fire Ring, the 3” (7.6 cm) high ring that sits on top of the the ceramic Fire Box. Happily this part is simple to replace. Getting the new part was made totally painless by my dealer, who took care of everything for me. not to beat a dead horse, but this is why I keep saying that finding the right dealer is more important than getting the rock bottom lowest price.This blog entry will describe the totally painless process involved replacing it. Read More...
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Two Years of Egg Ownership

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In about two weeks I will have owned my first Big Green Egg for two years. This blog entry is going to discuss my previous two years of ownership, both my likes and dislikes. I am also going to talk about some things I think the Big Green Egg company could be doing better. And not to give away the ending, but the bottom line is I am very happy with my two Eggs. If I had to do it over again, I would make the exact same decision and buy the same two Large Eggs without hesitation. If that isn't enough to convince you: A third Large Egg is on my radar screen. But this blog will discuss the things I have learned good and bad in my two years of ownership. Read More...
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Cracked Egg

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I recently had to replace the bottom of my newer Large Big Green Egg. I have written blog items in the past where I say don’t just pick a dealer based on price. Pick your dealer based on their knowledge, what they stock in the stores, the knowledge of their sales associates and how they treat people after the sale. This point was driven home recently when my Large Big Green Egg suffered a crack under the draft door and I had to get a replacement base from my dealer. This blog will discuss the process of getting a replacement base, installing it and some improvements that have been made to the base. Read More...
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NewEGGlandfest VII - 2014

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For the second year I attended the New England regional Eggfest, NewEGGlandfest VII, which is a sponsored by Tarantin Industries the New England Big Green Egg Distributor. The event was similar in many ways to last years event, which was to be expected, but there was a surprising difference too in that the event drew about 1/3 less cooks than last year and attendance seemed to be down too. Another big difference this year was my wife coming with me. She had become a convert after wandering around Eggtoberfest on her own while I attended an early morning cooking demo. She informed me the she not “got me” and wanted to go to any local Eggfests in New England. I wrote a blog about this event last year and where things remained the same, like the location, I will reuse the text from last year’s entry. This blog entry will describe my impressions of the event specifically, including the similarities and differences to last year. Read More...
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The Island of Misfit Grill Toys

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I am taking a break from my 4 part blog entry entitled Getting Better All the Time to write this somewhat timely blog entry. It was prompted by a spring cleaning session out at my exterior grill cabinets & in my indoor grill closet. I was trying to make room for some of my newest Eggcessories and I decided to go through every drawer in both storage areas and get rid of items I no longer use. Some of these are items that do not fit or work with my Big Green Eggs. Others are items I bought and ended up not using, or I later found a better solution. I figured a blog entry where I listed these items and described why I no longer needed them or no longer could use them might be helpful to new or potential Big Green Egg owner’s. You can read my reasons and see if they make sense in your use case. It may also help you with a budget for the Eggcessories you want. BTW for those of you who did not get the reference in the title, it was from the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, an animated cartoon I saw as a youth. The Island of Misfit Toys was where you sent toys you no longer wanted or used. Read More...
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Wok Talk-Cooking with the Lid Up

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This blog entry will cover a lesson I learned this past weekend about using my Big Green Egg with the lid open for doing a stir-fry. The occasion was the publication of a recipe by Grace Young in the Big Green Egg Lifestyle magazine (edition 04/14). This magazine features recipes by various well known chefs who are Big Green Egg users, either as a so-called Culinary Partner (paid spokesperson) or as a “fan”. The chefs often provide a recipe of theirs. The recipes are rewritten from their original version to specifically take into account cooking it on a Big Green Egg. I was excited because here was a recipe from a chef whose cookbooks I own, the recipe described exactly how to cook it on my grill. I had come up with a method I used, and what I discovered is the correct method may be a combination of my method and the method in Big Green Egg Lifestyle magazine.You may be wondering why this is not in the TIPS section? Simple: At this point it is a working theory that I strongly believe to be the case. But with only one test, I am not ready to declare it to be a certainty and therefor a good tip candidate. But if I had to bet money, I would say I am onto something. Read More...
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Terrible Weather, Terrific Cook

Recently I emerged from a period where I was having various temperature control issues, both during start up and while cooking. I have detailed these in a series of blogs which I will provide links for at the bottom of this entry. This blog is a bit of a hybrid in that it covers 3 aspects of a recent low and slow cook in very bad weather. First it helped show me I am past my various issues as long as I do things right. Secondly, it also gave some more ammunition to a recent theory about how the Looftlighter lights the fire in a totally different manner than the paraffin starters I was using before. Third, on his day I was making a new dish in very bad weather and the Big Green Egg once again showed what a great cooker it can be. Read More...
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Looftlighter Lesson Learned

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I love the Looftlighter I recently purchased and would buy it again in a second. But I have come to the realization that it has probably been a contributing factor to some wacky startup issues I’ve been fighting with lately. This is a working theory right now. I may be wrong about exactly what is happening because I can’t watch and observe the process. But I am very sure my startup process has been altered a bit. This is repeatable and I just realized it has been happening since I got the Looftlighter. If you are thinking of the Looftlighter, and will be using it with lump charcoal on a Big Green Egg or other Kamado style cooker read on. Read More...
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A Roast Fit for Royalty

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This past Christmas I decided to try something new for dinner. It was something I had seen in the past at butcher shops around the holidays I was curious about it. Once I became aware of the pork crown roast I had always wanted to make it someday. But I feared it was rather difficult to both prep and cook, as well as very expensive. As it turns out, I was mistaken. What little prep you do is a breeze and the cook is simple too. It was a little bit on the pricey side, although not when compared to say Beef Wellington or a standing rib roast, which was my usual holiday bill of fare. It seems I'm not the only one who thought this was a difficult roast to make. When I've shown pictures of my results to people, everyone seems to have a similar reaction. It looks amazing, they would love to make it themselves, it looks too hard, and they could never get a piece of pork looking like that. The reality of the situation is quite different. It is the intent of this blog entry to describe the process from start to finish so you can see how truly easy it can be to make this unique and wonderful meal. My focus will be doing it on my grill, but you can do it in the oven. The only thing you will be missing is the ability to add wood smoke. This is a meal that people remember and talk about for a long time. It truly looks as amazing as it tastes!! Read More...
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Getting Back on Track II

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If you heard a large sigh of relief yesterday morning around 11 AM, it was most likely me. You see for the last 4 months my grilling world had stopped making sense. It was like I was in some sort of parallel universe where things were similar but different and the normal rules suddenly didn't seem to apply. Earlier in the week I had a back to basics cook, where I solved my problems of temperatures suddenly running away on me, where I had not had this problem in the past. Saturday the second problem I'd started suddenly having, baked goods with burned bottoms and still not cooked tops, was solved. All is now right with my grilling world, and everything suddenly makes sense again. This blog will focus on the second temperature problem that had suddenly cropped up and how I solved it. Read More...
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Getting Back on Track

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This blog documents my cook last Monday night, where I made JAMBALAYA-STUFFED BELL PEPPERS. I also made a concerted effort to turn around my recent streak where I've had some problematic cooks. I have been extremely lucky. Even though the cooks have been problematic, in all cases the end results were very good. Getting to those good results was quite the adventure. Struggling with my grill is not my idea of fun, and hobbies are supposed to be fun. The primary reason for this cook was to try out this recipe to make sure it wasn't going to be too hot for some of the people I would be serving it to this coming Saturday. The second reason was I wanted to get a sense of time for how long it would take to make. On Saturday I would be making something on my second Egg and I wanted to know how long these stuffed peppers would really take. The third reason, and equally important to me, was I wanted to do a cook on my own time. One where there was no set schedule and I could get back to basics and focus on good grilling practices. Read More...
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Comedy of Errors - 2014

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The cook I did this past weekend looked like it was going to be a rocking chair cook. Instead I made a mistake that started a chain reaction of missteps and bonehead plays. I always say that we learn more from our mistakes, than we do from our successes. If that's the case, this was one of my biggest learning experiences. This included some things I'd rather not have had to learn. But since I suffered through this "learning experience" I figured I'd share it with others so they could benefit too. And please, unlike me, learn from these mistakes I made so you don’t make the same silly mistakes. Read More...
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Are Two Eggs Better Than One?

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The answer to that question is a big YES. But before you say thanks Captain Obvious and move on, you might want to read more. Some of the reasons may surprise you and if you are on the fence about purchasing a second Egg definitely read on. Reading about my discoveries during my first year may push you to one side of the fence or the other. The things I discovered that never occurred to me, may not have occurred to you either. Also the items that were important to me, may or may not be as important to you. Read More...
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Cold Hard Facts

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This blog entry will discuss some discoveries I made during a series of low and slow cooks on my Big Green Egg. Discoveries is a polite way of saying mistakes or bad decisions. But I also find you often learn more from your mistakes, the from your successes. The Big Green Egg (and other Kamado grills) are somewhat unique in how they cook. Some of my problems were caused by my going by past experience with my CG Smokin' Pro horizontal offset barrel smoker. Things that were the solutions to the problems on the CG, made matters worse on the Eggs. Fortunately I was able to fudge my way out of it in a couple cases. In another case, I just happened to have two Eggs going at the same temperature at the same time and was able to transfer the flag as it were. I figured some of my discoveries might be of benefit to other Big Green Egg users who haven't run into these situations before. Read More...
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