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Big Green Egg

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ethiostar, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I'm jelly.
  2. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    As for the temperature, that's close to how I had mine set up for the brisket I cooked overnight. The bottom vent was barely open while the top was about 1/8". I kept having to close the bottom vent more and more till gauge was reading 250. That may be because I had let the temperature get past 250 initially.
  3. AmberBeer

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    Probably so. That's the key aspect because if it gets past 250, the lump charcoal is already burning hot and the BGE drafts so well that it's hard to get it down again.
  4. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.

    I looked at several pictures and a couple of plans online. Once I had the general idea (opening size on top counter for the egg, distance between top and bottom shelves, etc...) I made it to my own preferences. For example, most tables I saw for a large egg are 5 feet long. I didn't want one that long, so I made mine 4 feet with an option for adding a folding extension. Mine is also taller by 8-12 inches that most I saw online. I don't want to have to bend down. Stuff like that.
  5. AmberBeer

    AmberBeer Well-Known Member

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    Did you finish the wood yourself or did you buy it like that? Pine?
  6. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Cedar. No, I finished it. The 4x4's I used were actually rough cut so I had to plane them first before I starting sanding them (i don't want to do that again. I would special order the planed ones. I just didn't have the time to wait for them to be delivered). The rest need to be sanded. I used clear polyurethane because the wood grain was wonderful and had great knots.
  7. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Sweet rig. Nicely done. There's a special satisfaction in cooking on a rig you built yourself.
  8. kapolani

    kapolani Well-Known Member

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    Funny. Been looking into getting one as well.

    Glad to see some positive reviews on it.

    Been eating a lot of smoked meat lately. A family member has one. Really, really loved the flavor.
  9. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.

    I agree with the sense of satisfaction/accomplishment you feel when you get a bunch of lumber and turn it into something that you can use on a regular basis.
  10. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Get one. You won't regret it.
  11. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    That's an amazing job sir.

    I am thinking of replacing my grill and smoker with a BGE and I love the concept of the way you have it set up.
  12. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    I'm planning on a bacon wrapped, stuffed pork loin this weekend. I might also like to augment the meal with what I whipped up a week ago, namely firecracker shrimp and bacon wrapped scallops, as shown below.

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  13. AmberBeer

    AmberBeer Well-Known Member

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    That looks awesome! Food and back porch.
  14. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    The food looks yummy and the yard and deck looks awesome too.
  15. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    I want to go to there...
  16. AmberBeer

    AmberBeer Well-Known Member

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    Yes, where is that? I just put on a 9.5 lb pork butt. First one I've done on the BGE. I'll post pics tomorrow if it's worthy.
  17. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    It'll be worthy, I'm sure!! Them darn "eggs" are a lot of fun.
    The pic is of the back deck. The little log cabin in the background is the wife's office/ quilting studio. There's also a front deck where we have a dining area.
    If you look at a map of Georgia, we are in the far northeast corner, ten miles from the N. Carolina line and seven miles from the S. Carolina line. We are at 2100' altitude. The town is called Clayton, and Hostile (remember him???) has been thru here before.
    Meat-O-Rama, let me know if you're passing this way!

    (ps-let me know if you want the recipe for the shrimp!)
  18. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    I'm going to be honest, I thought those were pics from a magazine. That is a beautiful looking place you got there. Great cooking and great photography as well!

    I will definitely look you up if I'm ever on the other side of the country!
  19. AmberBeer

    AmberBeer Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I'd like the recipe. Been trying to find a good one for grilled shrimp.
  20. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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