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Max Ribs Capacity in XL???

ThrillThrill Posts: 32
edited 12:03AM in EggHead Forum
Just got my XL a couple of weeks ago. I've had one good smoke with 70+ pounds of butts that went well. So, the challenge this week is St. Louis - style ribs. Has anybody tried to determine how many racks can fit in the XL?

I'm hosting a pretty huge tailgate for the GT-Miami game Thursday afternoon/night. I think I'll have about 20-22 racks. I'm thinking that is a little much for the XL, and was planning to bring my Large Egg to help out.

Any thoughts?


  • BiscuitBiscuit Posts: 208
    BGE states that you can fit 18 racks on the XL without a raised grid.Vertical,of course.I'd bust out the large for added capacity
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,730
    chef wil did 20 racks of babybacks in a large so i dont see a problem for the xl. they dont brown up as nice in places were they tough each other, but they still will taste good.
  • ThrillThrill Posts: 32
    Thanks, Fishless and Biscuit. It seems like I was able to cram about 15 racks of baby backs in the large once upon a time.

    These are St. Louis style spareribs which will be a little thicker. I, of course, will trim off the strip above the bones with all of the cartilage.

    I have the raised grid, but I think'll forego cramming them in there since I have the large on hand.

    I'll see if I can take a couple of pics. Should be a great time. I'll be serving up some ABTs and pulled pork cornbread on the side, and we'll be washing it all down with some homebrew.
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,715

    not sure if the picture/drawing is going to show up but with a 22 inch diameter working grid, ID of fire ring, and spacing racks on 1.5 inch centers on edge, you can get 9 full (17" long) racks and 4 partial racks (2 @ 14" long and 2 @ 11" long). Probably add one half rack on top and bottom too. Tom ACGP, Inc.
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    You can double (or more) that if you set them up vertical. You will need to rotate them around to ensure they all get the same amount of smoke evenly.
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,715
    that is vertical on edge, only allowing 1.5 inches of grid space per rack, T ACGP, Inc.
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