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Green Egg #2 in Cook's Illustrated

LotharLothar Posts: 30
edited 4:56PM in EggHead Forum
I was just reading through my July/August 2010 issue of Cook's Illustrated magazine and they did a recipe breakdown of Memphis-style dry rubbed ribs. Within the article, they did a short review of an equipment testing of Smokers (all charcoal - no gas). The Big Green egg was rated #2 behind the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. The primary reasons for the 2nd place finish was 1)cost ($750 vs. $299) and 2)the Weber came with a water pan.

I can't disagree with the price difference but a water pan? All you need is a cake pan or even a disposable foil pan.

Bear in mind, they were rating it on its smoking functionality not its overall versatility (which they didn't mention).

I normally have a tremendous amount of respect for Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen but I think they missed the mark here. But then again, I'm biased and feel like I need to defend my decision to purchase the egg.


  • I hate being 2nd place (1st loser). Where did commodo joe (HAHA) rank?
  • LotharLothar Posts: 30
    Not listed. The only other unit listed was the Brinkmann Smoke'N Grill for $60. They did not speak fondly of this smoker as it lacked air vents for temperature control.
  • GaryBusheyGaryBushey Posts: 63
    Time to write a letter to the editor
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I gave my WSM away 2 years after getting my first Egg. -RP
  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    There lies the problem, the Weber needs a water pan, an Egg does not.
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    The Weber also needs a Hot Water Heater Insulating Blanket.
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