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**CAUTION: XL at Work **

Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
For those that ask about the XL size and the value of having space, here is a picture of Sunday's cook.  I realize that this could fit on a large, but it is nice to have space to move things around.  Easily could have added more.  The coals are piled on the front half creating direct heat for the squash and indirect heat for the chicken and portabello mushrooms.

The meal is pretty simple.
Chicken breasts about 3/4 lb to 1lb each, fat end pounded flat to cook more evenly.  Garlic and herbs.
Zucchini:  cut thick, about 1/3" to 1/2".  Thin coating of pesto oil with some basil and black pepper.
Mushrooms:  Applied a little olive oil to the top of the cap to prevent sticking.  I did not stick, but I don't think the oil did much.
The cook: 
Raised grid about 375* with one chunk of apricot wood. 
Squash was done first and taken off in about 20 minutes.
When the squash came off, I allowed the temp to climb to about 425* to do a light reverse sear on the top of the chicken breast and the mushroom cap.  Total cook time was less than 30 minutes.

Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.


    Nice. What did you use to raise your grid? 
    XL BGE 
    Joe JR 
    Baltimore, MD
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    woo2 from

    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • JebpotJebpot Posts: 374
    That's the reason I like mine. Lot of grill space and can use direct and indirect.

    XL and Small

    Chattanooga, TN

  • +1 @Ragtop99 and @jebpot - As an old kettle cook, I loved banking the coals making a direct and indirect zone.  When I had a large for a year, I found that I missed cooking with banked coals.  I'm glad the XL allows that.
    Flint, Michigan
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    @Fred19Flintstone Yup.  I did that all the time with my Weber kettle.  I wasn't smart enough to devise something like a platesetter for the Weber.  I never even consider that idea wouldn't work on an egg, but I guess the XL's shape is a little more kettle-like than the smaller units.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • @Ragtop99 - CGS makes some brackets for the XL that allows coal banking. Just like the kettle. I found that returning to coal banking is familiar and comfortable.

    Flint, Michigan
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    I just use the ash tool and pile it up on one side.  Use to do the same thing on the weber, no brackets needed.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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