1rst time poster, Good morning all! I recently received a BGE Large from my father in law as a gift!(I know awesome!) I didn't get the nest with it because I wanted to build a table. It took me a couple weeks working on it off and on. Anyway I got it down, and last night was the first time using my egg. I have a couple questions that hopefully some of you "seasoned pros" could help me with.
* I am using the BGE lump coal. When I lit it I never got any smoke. I ran it all the way up to 600 degrees and never got any smoke. I was looking for the white smoke to appear and then let dissipate BUT never saw it. Whats with that?
** Do you normally run your bge up in temp and then bring it back down to your desired temp for cooking?
** I got the plate for indirect heat cooking but have noticed people putting it leg side down and leg side up. What's the difference uses for, and any tips on using this thing? Can I put raw chicken or fish directly on it, or does it need to be covered?
*** Is there a "guide" to cooking temps and times for different meats/foods?
**** Any AWESOME tailgate recipes to WOW my company coming this weekend would be awesome.
HAPPY EGGING to everyone and I am going to try and pose some pics of my new egg and table and first meal results.