Big Green Egg - EGGhead Forum - The Ultimate Cooking Experience...
Are you happy it’s finally National BBQ Month? While we like to BBQ year round, May is our favorite because the whole country is celebrating delicious food. If you’re new to cooking BBQ on your EGG, check out our Smoking Basics Publication...if not, proceed to some of our favorite recipes! We love Dr. BBQ’s Coffee Rubbed Brisket, Famous Dave’s Sticky Ribs and Virginia Willis’ Pulled Pork. Pair with this cheesy favorite for a winning way to start off May!

Big Green Egg headquarters has moved - come visit our new showroom and check out the museum and culinary center too! 3786 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340

Medium BGE - Burn Time

gfavorgfavor Posts: 61
edited February 2012 in EggHead Forum

I am considering purchasing the Medium BGE. If I'm smoking
meat at 225 to 250-degrees can someone give me an idea of how long the coals
will burn without adding additional coals? Also I'd really like to smoke all
night long and have the meat ready in the AM. It seems like the BGE is an
awesome cooker/smoker/etc. But I just to be sure the Medium BGE can to the job.  So if anyone has stats or experience with
this question I will greatly appreciate your response.  

·

Comments

  • I can't help you, but I want to know the answer, too!

    A muslim, a socialist and an illegal immigrant walk into a bar 

    Blogging: Never before have so many with so little to say said so much to so few.

    ·
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,423
    Assuming you put as much in as it will hold, there's about a 1 in 1,000 chance you will need to add more.

    2 days ago, I did a big pork picnic in weather below freezing. I ran the Egg at 300+ for about 10 hours. There was enough charcoal left for another 4 hours, and that was not a full load.

    Before going over night, be sure you have learned how to make a steady temperature fire. It is usually a good idea, if not using an automated blower, to check after 4 hours.
    ·
  • gfavorgfavor Posts: 61
    10yrs at 300+, that's awesome !!! Thanks for the advice about the blower and getting some experience first; I'll surely do that. What size BGE did you use for your pork? And love your 1-in-1,000 probability, great stats :o)  

    ·
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,570
    10yrs at 300+, that's awesome !!! Thanks for the advice about the blower and getting some experience first; I'll surely do that. What size BGE did you use for your pork? And love your 1-in-1,000 probability, great stats :o)  

    A 10 year smoke is possible on a medium?? Damn, I need to go pick one up! :P

    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ...
    ·
  • I've taken my medium over 14 hours on two different occasions with a full load (almost to the top of the ring) at 225-250.
    ·
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,423
    What size BGE did you use for your pork?  

    A medium. There have been posts where people did pork butts just on a small. The way the Egg controls air flow, and insulates the food makes the lump go a long way.
    ·
  • PaulTPaulT Posts: 4
    We've had our medium BGE for a couple of years now. Using Wicked Good I can get 22 hours when cooking a pork butt at 200F.
    ·
  • edited February 2012

    Totaly agree with PaulT. With wicked good charcoal, you can go 20+ hours. Cooked a butt for 13+ hours at 235. Had plenty of unburned coal left in the firebox. Below are before and after pics of the charcoal. It would surely go over 20 hours.  

    imageimage

     "Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!"

    Med & XL

    ·
  • Thanks for putting up this post gfavor! I recently got a medium and had this very same question rolling around in my head. Thanks to everyone else for the feedback as well! Wealth of information here and I really appreciate it!! God this Egg is an addiction!
    Only 3 things in life matter. Family, Steelers and my BGE!!
    ·
  • gfavorgfavor Posts: 61
    Thanks all for your responses; I feel much better now. I've grilled for years but only been doing true Smoking for 9mth using the Good-One Rodeo; it's been quite a learning experience and holds the temp very well. So now I'd like to get me a BGE, really looking forward to it. I can't believe how active the BGE forum is, it seems like a really supportive group.
    ·
Sign In or Register to comment.