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Some Things I have Learned....

Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,368
edited October 2012 in EggHead Forum

I have been Egging for slightly less than a year, but I cook on them almost every day, and sometimes a couple of times a day.


Some things I have learned:

 

Eggheads generally value results more than post count.

BGE covers are useless if you cook a lot.

The need for gaskets is debatable.

BGE lump is expensive, Royal Oak works great, Best of the West is interesting, and Cowboy is crap.

Really huge chunks of lump actually create cool spots.

Stir the lump every time before lighting.

A HiQue makes a LBGE more reliable.

A remote thermometer is necessary for low and slow, but also handy every day to keep an eye on things while working in the kitchen.

Getting distracted during warm up leads to afterburner excitement.

Egging in the rain sucks, and I should have moved onto the porch months ago.

Vegetables take longer to cook than you expected.

For every success you are going to have some failures.

Higher in the dome helps a lot of cooks, especially pizza.

Your Egg will never be as clean and as pretty after the first cook.

Burn out really works, and remember to pile everything that will take the heat into it.

The garden likes the ash and small lump pieces.

Got to have a camera.

Remember to burp the dome, remember to burp the dome, remember to burp the dome….

You need a lot of foil and PAM.

A Woo is very handy.

A wok is a great change of pace.

I like vigorous marinating.

You will eventually know the finish internal temps for all sorts of meat by memory.

The cook zone by the pool, is not necessarily the clean zone by the pool.

No one believes it, until I cook for them.

Smoked turkey thighs rule.

Charcuterie is way cool.

It is hard to cook without an adult beverage.

You can lose weight and Egg.

Improvisation does not always work, but you get better with practice.

Hot smoked salmon, crackers, cream cheese, and cucumber….mmmmmm.

You may not have liked chicken legs before, but you will now.

You don’t have to fill an XL every time, and you can push the lump to one side for indirect.

Check those bolts every once in awhile.

It does not particularly pay off to spend several grand to upgrade major kitchen appliances the month before you buy your Eggs.

If you buy a LBGE you will end up owning a LBGE AND an XL.

Don’t look at Sur la Table or Williams Sonoma if you are short on cash.

Eggheads appreciate sharing fails as much as successes.

The Egg is hot.

Remember to burp the dome, remember to burp the dome, remember to burp the dome….

Raised grid works for everything except steak.

Holy cow, Egged hot dogs are better than boiled.

The longer you let the Egg heat and stabilize, the less you time you will spend chasing the temp.

Don’t believe everything you read on the forum.

What works for you won’t work for everyone.

It is worth your time to tolerate a strong personality in order to score a good recipe.

Get a notebook and record recipes, techniques, and results, or you will have a hard time repeating them.

Once you get some experience, get out of the way of the newbies who want to share basics with even newbier Eggheads.

Criticize gently if you want to help.

Every once in awhile you have to tell someone to bugger off.

With imagination you can do things like scrambled eggs with ham and potatoes in the wok.

Sometimes the fancy way to cook something gets no better results than the simple way, and is a lot more work.

Most people on the forum want to help.  Some want to help too much.  Some don’t want to help at all.

You can score some cool accessories for cheap at Ace Hardware or Walmart.

You need a Thermapen.

Multiple Eggs are good for lots of reasons.

 

And finally….

 

It is hard to find a spot to store 50 more bags of lump, without your wife realizing you already had 75 bags.

 

Pasquali Luciano
Buon appetito to all the BGE family
XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,914
    Great stuff Doc!
    Join the 2015 Rub & Sauce Exchange!  Find out more information here:
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    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ...
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  • HashmakerHashmaker Posts: 149
    Nice, but I would add one more

    You may or may not become a lump hoarder.

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  • Bravo, Doc!  Did you mention to remember to burp your dome?

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • cspearce2cspearce2 Posts: 107
    Good summary and Funny
    Kind Regards...Papa C
    Peachtree City, GA
    2-XLBG's E...Webber 22" kettle, Retired Gas Grill
    Roll Tide!!!
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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,386
    =D> =D> Doc 
    Large Big Green Egg , XL Big Green Egg . BBQ Guru, Weber Kettle, Weber Q grill for road trips.
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  • Well put Doc. Thank you for your insight. =D>
    Beth Hardeeville, South Carolina
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  • ^:)^ ^:)^ ^:)^

    Unless you were secretly telling me to bugger off. Then I will remove one of the "I'm not worthy" emoticons.

    Loved it. Nice work





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  • "Bartender.  I'll have what Doc's drinking..."
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,368
    ^:)^ ^:)^ ^:)^

    Unless you were secretly telling me to bugger off. Then I will remove one of the "I'm not worthy" emoticons.

    Loved it. Nice work




    The person I told to bugger off, knew I was telling him that.  I have developed a perverse love for a lot of you crusty guys, and when it gets too intense I just don't participate.
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,386
    ^:)^ ^:)^ ^:)^

    Unless you were secretly telling me to bugger off. Then I will remove one of the "I'm not worthy" emoticons.

    Loved it. Nice work




    The person I told to bugger off, knew I was telling him that.  I have developed a perverse love for a lot of you crusty guys, and when it gets too intense I just don't participate.
    good rule to have Doc good advise as well  :-bd
    Large Big Green Egg , XL Big Green Egg . BBQ Guru, Weber Kettle, Weber Q grill for road trips.
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,026
    @Doc_Eggerton - As always, your contribution to this forum is a treat and much appreciated. 
    If I may suggest two additional items for your list - 
    1. The best way to control the temperature is with the lower slide vent. 
    2. The best way to control the temperature is with the daisy wheel top. 

    Thanks!


    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,103
    burping burns your gasket
    :D
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,368
    @Doc_Eggerton - As always, your contribution to this forum is a treat and much appreciated. 
    If I may suggest two additional items for your list - 
    1. The best way to control the temperature is with the lower slide vent. 
    2. The best way to control the temperature is with the daisy wheel top. 

    Thanks!


    LOL
    Pasquali Luciano
    Buon appetito to all the BGE family
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

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  • burping burns your gasket
    :D
    Failing to burp burns your eyebrows!

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,103
    gaskets at one time were important to me
    :))
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,197
    edited October 2012
    I would like to amend:

      "Every once in awhile you have to tell someone to bugger off."

    to

    *flow chart*

    (is poster an obvious troll)
    Proper reaction: Don't feed the trolls.

    (is poster just an obnoxious human)
    Proper reaction: Tell them kindly to "bugger off"

    The goal being behavior modification.  Feeding creates returning (bad).  Kindness creates, if we're lucky, some type of future moderation and empathy (good).  Both create less angst.

    It's so hard not to flame.  Speaks volumes more if you don't, but feels so good to damn the consequences.  Because we have the pack mentality in public groups of people, a flame can start an inferno. And rubmyrocks will keep coming back with new aliases and new hateful personas.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,320
    gaskets at one time were important to me
    :))
    Many years ago I cared about them too :-/

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,197
    That said, love ya doc, and a great summary! :)
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,818
    I would like to amend:

      "Every once in awhile you have to tell someone to bugger off."

    to

    *flow chart*

    (is poster an obvious troll)
    Proper reaction: Don't feed the trolls.

    (is poster just an obnoxious human)
    Proper reaction: Tell them kindly to "bugger off"

    The goal being behavior modification.  Feeding creates returning (bad).  Kindness creates, if we're lucky, some type of future moderation and empathy (good).  Both create less angst.

    It's so hard not to flame.  Speaks volumes more if you don't, but feels so good to damn the consequences.  Because we have the pack mentality in public groups of people, a flame can start an inferno. And rubmyrocks will keep coming back with new aliases and new hateful personas.
    Information assimilated, behavior modified. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,197
    Information assimilated, behavior modified.

    (R2D2 Robot noises)  beep blip blip tweet beeeeep
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • KoskoKosko Posts: 535
    Awesome read doc!
    Peachtree City, Ga Large BGE
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  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,342
    edited October 2012
    =D> =D> =D>
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
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  • "Bartender.  I'll have what Doc's drinking..."
    No, Bartender get the man another drink!!!!

    Thanks, that was great.
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  • lakewadelakewade Posts: 373
    This is great and should be offered to all new Big Green Egg cooks.  Thank you!

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  • lakewadelakewade Posts: 373
    lakewade said:
    This is great and should be offered to all new Big Green Egg cooks.  Thank you!
    Scratch that...all Egg cooks new or seasoned.

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    I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.
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  • doubledouble Posts: 1,214
    On a gun forum I read they make you read one thread before you can post or do anything on the forum. They should do that here with this post! Nice one Doc
    Lynnwood WA
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  • Bravo!!!  Well said.
    =D>
    Brighton, IL (North East of St. Louis, MO)
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  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,254
    I think I'll have to forward this to my sister who just bought her first Egg this month.  Great post, Doc.
    Knoxville, TN
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    Great post Doc.  Should be a primer for all new Eggers.
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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
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  • NDGNDG Posts: 1,207
    Good list . . . I see you listed an item that said "you need lost of foil and PAM" . . . I have never used pam, I assume you mean you use it on grates, so do you just spray/rub it on grates before food hits or before you start egg?
    Columbus, Ohio
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