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what do you cook on your Mini?

edited 2:39AM in EggHead Forum
I bought a large this spring; I'm hooked, it's great, etc. BUT, I find myself lighting it a couple times a week for very simple, straightforward grilling tasks (like two turkey burgers, or a couple of hot dogs, or some asparagus, or to roast a pepper or two). So now I'm thinking I need a Mini. Please tell me what you cook on your Mini, whether you find it a useful supplement to your larger grill, etc. TIA.

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  • Jersey DougJersey Doug Posts: 460
    It's pretty much the only Egg I use for lunchtime cooks. In the past week I cooked Bubba Burgers, cheese wurst and shoulder lamb chops. If I had to give up one of my Eggs I'd be hard pressed to choose between the Large and the Small, but it wouldn't be the Mini.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    It cooks just about anything that will fit in it. -RP

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  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    If I had mini, I would cook food on it, but I have a small. I cook food on it too... :blink:
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I use my mini more than the large or medium combined.

    I do chicken pieces, salmon and other fish fillets, steaks, burgers, sausages, dogs, pork chops, potatoes...pretty much anything that will fit.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    I ended up getting all the eggs from large down. My dealer kept trying to talk me out of getting the mini.

    I use the mini more than I do the small and medium combined. I wish I would have bought the mini as my second egg.

    The mini works great for the wife and I as well as up to 3 younger grand kids.

    If you need something larger than a mini then get a medium or a second large.

    GG
  • I Cook the same things as Rod.
    It's easier to list what I don't cook.

    In the winter, I had the mini on the deck and that's pretty much all I used all winter.
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    that's about 1.5lbs of steak tips
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    We use our mini a lot...last week while camping we cooked beer butt chicken, pork tenderloin, pizzas, chocolate cupcakes, spinach-artichoke bread bowl, chicken caesar salad bites, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and a few other items...we love the mini.
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,432
    Just about anything. I have raised grid and indirect setups for my mini so the little guy cooks just like it's big brother but with smaller portions. One ribeye, three 1/4 pounder hamburgers, 5 lamb chops, 6 hotdogs, one small pork butt, three large potatoes, two chicken breasts. I have baked bread and pizza in my mini also. The list goes on but you get the idea.
    The mini is handy, user friendly, cute and most of all fun. And of no small feat; It's the best steak grilling machine of all the eggs (just my opinion). :whistle:
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  • My large is on the lower deck, and my mini is on the upper deck at my house where the kitchen is, so my mini gets the most use.

    Plus it us more portable than the small, weighing only 30 lbs. That means taking it to the beach, tailgates, friends houses, vacations, etc.

    Here are some cooks:

    spatchcock chicken

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    9" stuffed pork loin feeds 4

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    chicken skewers - feeds at least 4 with sides

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    Cast iron skillet cooking, the handle has been cut off - scallops here

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    pizza and mini pizzas

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    salmon on the cedar plank

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    jalepeno poppers

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    hot dogs

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    oysters

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    STEAK!!!

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    breakfast casserole

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    This list goes on and on..... I think it is a great compliment to your large.

    Faith
    Tampa
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,432
    Is that a martini sitting next to the poppers? :woohoo:
    Wow, that's a lota nice cookin on the mini. :cheer:
    Cheers!
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  • It is wine, ClayQ. My drink of choice. Your martini pic looks fabulous!! And your pics made me hungry!

    Faith
    Tampa
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
  • All Eggcelent but those oysters look too good.
  • Wings
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    Fritata
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    ABT
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    Three bones from a prime rib cook
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    Stuffed tenderloin
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    Cornbread
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    Three hens
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    Pancakes
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    Eggs
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    Veggies
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    Duck
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    Salmon
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  • FSUScotsmanFSUScotsman Posts: 754
    What is the lowest temp that you can maintain over time in a mini?
  • Dang, Frank: that's quite a variety of food for such a small grill. I guess my fate is sealed: I need to get a mini. What do you use for a platesetter on the mini?
  • FWIW- I don't use a platesetter, just aluminum foil to shield from the direct heat and catch drippings. Some folks get the 8" pizza stones and do those on the level below for indirect cooks.

    When I got my mini, I bought it with an extra grid and made a raised grid out of it. that sits on top of the regular grid and allows me the space to add the alum. foil for indirect/drip pan.

    I forgot about what Clay does. He has an extra fire ring to get the raised grid-a great idea!
  • For a while I was using a piece that I cut out of a busted platesetter. Now I'm using a platesetter made out of a piece of 3/4" plate. Seasoned it just like a CI skillet a few days ago and first use is tonight.

    Gogetchuone - you will like it. Some look at it as a toy butitsnot. :)
  • MaineggMainegg Posts: 7,787
    Picture1037.jpg :(
    "caution item may become hot...."
  • emillucaemilluca Posts: 673
    90 on a 92 degree day and no fire...
  • milesofsmilesmilesofsmiles Posts: 1,348
    I have cut and pasted for the our web site the pictures of your beautiful mini food cooks. May I use your pics ? If not please contact me off the forum, also may I use your forum name for proper credit lest someone shoule think I did those. lol. Smiles out.
  • Ouch! Epic cooking fail. Don't use alumnium where steel is needed, right?
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