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It’s almost football season, so we’re perfecting our favorite tailgating and homegating recipes! Whether you like hamburgers, wings, brats, ribs or something cooked with beer, we have everything you’ll need for the perfect tailgate party. We always like inviting friends to join our tailgates because the EGG is about community and having fun, so make sure if you’re inviting company you make extra - the food will be gone before you know it! Don't forget dessert, either!

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When to put the food on

When are the coals ready?  Do you wait until they are all gray?
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,310
    When they smell good. It's not like briquettes that need to ash over you just need to burn off the VOCs
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,343
    You don't care what they look like - you want that white smoke to stop.  Good smoke is barely visible and dark - it'll smell good. 

    If you're cooking at lower temps, like in the 200-350 range, you only need a small area lit.  If you start a big roaring fire where everything is lit, then choke the air down to run low, you'll have some nasty smoke and your fire can go out.  It doesn't take much heat energy to keep the egg at a low temp - it's very efficient.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,860
    Nola nailed it-it's all about the smoke-smoke smells good then the BGE is good to go.  And remember the air-flow drives the quantity of burning lump so if looking for lower temps then not too much fuel is burning at any one time.  That's how you get the extremely long duration low& slow cooks without any stop for refueling. 
    Louisville   L & S BGEs 
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