I pre-ordered a Large Demo Egg from the first annual Greater Orlando Eggstravaganza. I had never even seen a BGE in person, (or tried the food) and I was heartbroken when I found I couldn't attend because of work. So I picked up my egg a few days later. I was worried about how to get it home with no truck. Thanks to the support from this forum I was confident I could fit it in my car. Tight squeeze but made it home safely!
My inaugural cook that day was Raging River Salmon (Dizzy Pig Recipe). It was awesome and got inhaled before the camera came out... I also did some wings with the Dizzy Pig Tsunami Spin rub. My family testified that they were the best wings they'd ever eaten. The following day I busted out some wicked fresh pizzas and for desert some homemade chocolate chip cookies from scratch on the stone. Everything I made on it was 10 out of 10. Being an avid BBQ guy I fell in love with this grill after the first cook!
This grill was everything I was lead to believe it would be and more. I did have some gripes and questions however:
The Daisy Wheel flopping out of control when the dome is opened is annoying. Any fixes for this aside from trying to position it with gravity? Will tightening the screw change anything? Another gripe: My felt gasket is already showing signs of char. I can see why this is one of the major issues with BGE owners.
My biggest question is with firing the egg up. How do you know when the lump is ready to be cooked on? With briquettes you know when all the fowl tasting soot has burned off once the charcoal turns mostly white. Is it the same with lump? It seems when I wait that long, the temp has become nuclear, and difficult to get back down which burns a lot of fuel too.
Aside from that I am thrilled to finally be part of the family and I love the community. Glad I went with this over a Primo :)
LBGE, Weber OTG w/ Rotisserie, Weber Genesis S-330, Chargriller Duo, AR-15, AK-47