We bought a large a week and a half ago and then set about building a table to put it in. Took us awhile with working and other things coming up, but we did our first cook on it tonight. Grilled some lemon pepper tilapia. A light coat of olive oil, sprinkle some lemon pepper on it, and cook for about 10 min at 325 dome temp. Turned out spectacular! I had no intention of making fish for the first cook since I'm a beef eater, but being Catholic, today being Good Friday, and eagerness to try the BGE out becoming overwhelming, I decided to do the fish.
The BGE was extremely easy to light. I used some Royal Oak from Wally World. Filled the fire ring about 1/2 full, created a small hole in the center of the lump, and lit 1/2 of a paper towel that had been used to soak up bacon grease. Placed a couple pieces of large lump over it and away it went.
Temp came up VERY quickly. Took about 20 min to stabilize the temp - which I found easy to do with small adjustments in the lower vent. Once stabile, the temp stayed right where I set it other than dropping a bit when the cold fish was placed in the cooker.
I noticed that the back of the dome (back by the hinge) got considerably hotter, quicker, than the sides and front. Seems I have read that the back of the BGE's are the hot spot and this leads me to believe that. I noticed no real difference in how the tilapia cooked on it though - but I did have a plate setter in it for indirect heat.
The smell of the charcoal was heavenly! I am 42 yrs old. I can vaguely remember my folks cooking on an old Webber as a young child before going with a gas grill. That was the last time I have spent any real time around charcoal cooking since I inherited an old gasser when I went out on my own and have spent most of my life cooking with LP. The smell of this think cooking really brought back some old memories and man, did that fish taste great!!
Sirloin tip roast is the plan for tomorrow. Visiting relatives on Easter and plan to do ribs or chicken on Monday. Looking forward to doing more with this thing!