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To Egg or not To Egg?

JimEJimE Posts: 158
edited 8:02AM in EggHead Forum
Hello, Egg People:[p]I need help. I just discovered you all three days ago, right after buying a cheap but serviceable charcoal grill/smoker w/ offset firbox at a home improvement center. I have read every word on every page at and I feel that an egg is in my future. The question is, when? Here's what I need to cook: salmon w/ garlic/pepper/molasses glaze smoked over alder; ribs; pork shoulder; brisket; steak--okay, all of it, but the salmon and ribs are really important. 200 to 250 degrees is a must. I'll need to feed 6-10 people. Do I return El Cheapo and pony up for a large egg, or do I wait? Any caveats, egg-wise?[p]I'll apppreciate any advice.[p]Thanks,[p]Jim [p]


  • eggoreggor Posts: 777
    i just got back from the egg dealer, placed my order for a second egg. If my wife had come home with anything but a bge it wouldn't make it out of the box. definately send it back. If you're cooking for that many people on a regular basis i think i'ld get an xl, if occasionally the large small combo would be better.HTH[p]Scott

  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    <p />Jim,
    You will find that an Egg is probably easier to control and a whole lot more versatile than the offset smoker you bought. If you can spring for the money, I'd take the other one back and go for a large Egg. I routinely smoke salmon over alder. See the photo for my Panko Encrusted Dizzy Pig Ragin' River Salmon. The Egg can do it all from slow smoking to high temp rip roaring steak searing.

    [ul][li]The Recipe For Naked Whiz/Dizzy Pig Panko Encrusted Salmon[/ul]
    The Naked Whiz
  • The Naked Whiz,[p]Man, that is some BAD looking Salmon![p]Tar Heel
  • Prof DanProf Dan Posts: 339
    Jim,[p]Watch out. This is -- no kidding -- a life-changing decision. After you get an Egg, you will do a LOT more of the cooking in your family. When you go out to eat, you will never be satisfied with the food.[p]Moist, flaky, smoky salmon. Tender, deeply flavorful ribs. Perfectly charred flame-kissed steaks. Crispy smoked/grilled chicken. Etc. Etc.[p]Fair warning.
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Tar Heel Smokey Mon,
    You bet! It was awesome. The only thing I caution is that the panko crumbs help the butter/maple syrup cling to the fish, so you need to hold back if you don't want a really sweet end product. It's also good without the maple and butter, just with panko and rub.

    The Naked Whiz
  • badbrucebadbruce Posts: 353
    hi Jim,
    Prof Dan & the rest are right. I used to be a regular resturant goer. Now it's just ocasionally for Thai or Italian.
    Most resturant food just doesn't measure up and you can forget about steak houses, even the good/expensive ones.
    I was so impressed with my first egg I bought a second.
    You won't be disappointed.

  • Bobby-QBobby-Q Posts: 1,993
    I have 2 larges and a small and would never look back.

  • tn slagamatertn slagamater Posts: 623
    Jim, you can't go wrong with an egg as indicated below. My second Egg convinced me to buy my third Egg.... Food is totally different, much more moist, more flavor, you will not be sorry. Read through the archives and you will get an idea of how addictive and different food is that comes out of this type cooker.

  • SmokeySmokey Posts: 2,468
    Jim,[p]I just thought I would add to what everyone has said. The egg is truly a life changing thing. I last week bought my third egg and cook 3-4 nights a week (on one or more of the eggs).[p]You will find temp control simple and food GREAT![p]Smokey
  • GrillMeisterGrillMeister Posts: 1,611
    Jim,[p]Almost three years ago I was in your shoes, but I had bought a $800 stainless gasser from Costco. What a mistake. I took it back after 3 months when all the letters peeled off.[p]Now I have 4 eggs (two larges, 1 small, 1 mini) and I use them almost every night I am in town. I've competed at cookoffs and my brisket placed 2nd last year out of 110 entries. When I go to a steak house, I order fish.[p]Yesterday was wonderful pork loin rubbed with Dizzy Pig Ragin River that everyone raved over and today, I'm doing Sea Scallops.[p]Take the offset back and get an egg collection.[p]Resistance is Futile. You will be eggsimilated![p]GrillMeister
    Austin, TX

  • locolongballlocolongball Posts: 414
    Jim,[p]LOL! I did the same darn thing...don't worry...they'll take it back.. Tell them you thought you could use Lump in it, when if fact you can only use wood... [p]I took mine back and 4 weeks later got an egg.
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