The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke


  Date: January 25, 2014
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This panini from Perfect Panini appealed to me on many levels. First of all it was a BREAKFAST panini and I haven't run across too many of those. Having said that, it is also a panini you can eat any time of the day, not just breakfast. It also occurred to me that the entire panini could me grilled and assembled out at the grill. I would be heating the BGE Half Moon Cast Iron griddle grate to 375. This was the same temperature as the recipe called for the bacon and eggs to be cooked at in the frying pan. I could do everything on the Egg and simple flip the griddle grates over from the flat sides to the ridged side when it came time make the panini. Everything could be held out at the grill and the sandwich assembled right there. The day I chose to do it was in the single digits for air temperature and the winds were gusting over 20 MPH. So I decided to bring the eggs, bacon & muffins inside when it came time to assemble the sandwich. I didn't want the sandwich to cool off too much. The other reason I made it this day is I was home alone and I could experiment and not worry about any problems that might crop up. This would let me get my timings down and see how much multitasking/simulataneous cooking I could do at once. I liked the idea of having the two griddles when it came time to make the bacon and eggs. I was able to keep the bacon on its own griddle while I made the eggs and toasted the English muffins. I found I was able to overlap much of the cooking and I got my times down correctly first time out. The resulting panini was excellent, far better than an Egg McMuffin. I used better bacon, a nice sharp N.Y. cheddar cheese and added some Tabasco sauce to spice things up.
Recipe Source:
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King Arthur Flour Website
Perfect Panini:
Breakfast Panini - Page 41
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Big Green Egg

Griddle Grilled:

Using the Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker
  • BGE Plate Setter (Legs Up)
  • BGE S-S Grill Grid
  • BGE Half Moon Cast Iron Grill Griddle (Flat Sides up to start & Ridged Sides In for the panini) x2
  • Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Lump Charcoal