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XL BGE accessories for big rib cook

dsmithdsmith Posts: 147
edited 4:47PM in EggHead Forum
I have the XL egg and am planning my first go-round on ribs for Father's Day. There will be about 11 adults and a few kids. I will also be cooking something (maybe ribs) on July 4th but expect probably 30-40 adults.

What accessories do I need to purchase to accomplish this task and how many ribs should I be able to cook maximum? With accessories, how many people can I feed with butts if I decide to go that route on July 4th.

I'm thinking that I can purchase a grate extender(s) (or make one if someone has suggestions) and v-racks.
Is my reasoning right, and, if so, how many should I purchase.

Thanks for the insight.


  • crghc98crghc98 Posts: 1,006
    I can do six racks of baby backs on my large with a homemade second grid....I would think in a rib rack on an excel you could easily cook what you need...

    For July 4th why not do both....finish the butts, into the cooler or oven they baby backs (maybe only enough for folks to get 3 or 4 ribs tops) once the butts come off....

    I assume for 30-40 you'd be cooking other food, so you may be talking the same amount of ribs for either event....
  • transversaltransversal Posts: 719
    Call Tom at Ceramic Grill Store. He can hook you up with the Adjustable Rig with a slide guide comnbo and have it to you in a couple of days.
  • dsmithdsmith Posts: 147
    Pretty much every post I've read shows ribs sitting on the grate and not using an inverted V-rack. Is there a significant downside to using the rack and cooking them vertically? Seems like I could easily cook 12 racks on 2 cooking levels using the rack but maybe I'm missing something.
  • dsmithdsmith Posts: 147
    crghc98 wrote:
    For July 4th why not do both....finish the butts, into the cooler or oven they baby backs (maybe only enough for folks to get 3 or 4 ribs tops) once the butts come off....

    I like the way you are thinking. I could probably smoke 20 lbs of butts then rearrange and cook the ribs.

    That would be by far more than anything I've ever cooked as I'm still pretty new to all of this (egging about 7 months now.)
  • TheLazyCTheLazyC Posts: 97
    I was able to cook 9 baby back racks on my XL with a rib rack for 6, I lean one on the front and back and had to cut one in half and put on the left and right side. First time cooking but I think they turned out great.

  • Whatever way you can squeeze em in will work.

    My prefrence is to ensure they are separated (side to side and top to bottom) for smoking and I chose to geaux flat and keep them over the platesetter to avoid burning the ends that extend beyond the platesetter.

    Just me
  • crghc98crghc98 Posts: 1,006
    The timing of this/butts resting in a cooler for 5-6 hours works really well.
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