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I have recently taken up smoking foods and am currently planning on buying a big green egg. Before doing so, I had a few questions. Any help is greatly appreciated!
I have read all about the BGE and why it is such a good smoker (along with grill, oven, etc.). Everything seems to make great sense with regards to heat regulation, how the cermic distributes the heat, etc. My question is, since it seems like ceramic smokers (eg-the egg) have so much going for them, how come they aren't used by major BBQ restaurants? I've talked with several of my favorite BBQ joints and they use cookers like Ole Hickory Pits. The egg seems like the ideal smoker in so many ways so I'm wondering why restaurant owers and chefs would elect not to use it.
I guess one other question I have (and I realize everyone here is a fan of the egg, as am I at this point) is "what are the downsides to the big green egg?" I have heard people say price and weight are drawbacks, neither of which bothers me. Are there things it is not good at? As best I can tell, it is pretty much the ideal cooker so I'm trying to get the other side. Thus far I haven't been able to find much "dirt" on the egg which leads me back to question #1 "why don't all restaurants and competition BBQ cooks use it?"
On a related, but more general level, does the material your smoker is composed of have any bearing on your food taste ASSUMING temperature and smoke containment are equal. In other words, I understand that temperature regulation is important and is easier with certain cookers. But, if you assume that you can hold the temperature the same, does it matter whether you smoke your meat in a ceramic cooker, a metal cooker, or a cardboard box? I'm just trying to figure out if there are other factors like that I need to consider or if the only thing I am after is temperature control.
Sorry for the basic questions but I have to start somewhere. I am pretty much sold on the egg as the best cooker I've found...I am just so convinced it is great I felt obligated to try to dig up some dirt on it before making my purchase!