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newbie fest cook info

henapplehenapple Posts: 14,585
With the upcoming fests and newbies (like me) contemplating cooking...here's a few tips from a seasoned (lmao) fest cooker.

Cook. Just do it. You'll love it.

Have a placard or sign very visible with info about ingredients, cook time, variables, ...it'll be ok the first 50 times you're asked these questions but after awhile you'll feel like a robot. Next time i cook I'll have index cards printed up. Not being rude but it can be overwhelming.

Pre-prep as much as possible. Travis showed up with yellow fin tuna dip and venison meatloaf...both ready to cook and both a huge hit. He cooked while i prepped.

Simple is good. Sancho 65 was cranking out tortilla pizzas as fast as him and his wife could. Simple but a huge hit.

Dessert. After pounds of meat folks like dessert.

Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 7,063
    That's a lot of good info.

    So many great items cooked. Travis' and Sancho's were for sure. I tasted the tuna dip first as soon as i got there and knew it was going to be a good day. I stopped going back for more of Sancho's pizza because I thought the cameras were still on. 

    But your bacon wrapped pears were pretty freakin awesome too!

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,468
    What henapple really means is that I sampled the local adult beverages while he cooked. 
    I am ready for some more tuna dip.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,585
    Sample? I tripped over your throw aways all day but Mickey said my job was to clean up after you.....
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,585
    Caliking...thanks. I had fun...even cooking beside the originator of the "Travis method".
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    Really looking forward to cooking at the Plano Eggfest. Went last year to observe and taste and had a ball. My kids want to help me, do they allow that? Also, a buddy and I want to cook together, do you get two eggs or do they just provide you with one to share? Either way is fine.
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,627
    Plano_JJ said:
    Really looking forward to cooking at the Plano Eggfest. Went last year to observe and taste and had a ball. My kids want to help me, do they allow that? Also, a buddy and I want to cook together, do you get two eggs or do they just provide you with one to share? Either way is fine.

    It seems like it depends on the relative supply of cooks and Eggs.  However, one thing that Mickey and Spring Chicken tried to tell me (OK, they DID tell me) was that you don't want to be cooking the whole time. For example, I didn't know that there were any bacon-wrapped pears in Salado until after I got him and read about them - and apparently they were cooked about 20 feet from me.


     

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 7,063
    Here's one thing I noticed that may help out in the future - some cooks had their prep tables raised up on those bed risers that Bed Bath & Beyond type places sell. Raised the table up 6" or so. Their backs must have thanked them later. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,468
    caliking said:
    Here's one thing I noticed that may help out in the future - some cooks had their prep tables raised up on those bed risers that Bed Bath & Beyond type places sell. Raised the table up 6" or so. Their backs must have thanked them later. 

    Saw that last year and forgot to get them this year.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,907
    edited March 2013
    @Plano_JJ I will try my best to make it to the Plano fest and cook something that will be worthy of a fest in Texas.
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,897
    Mickey said:
    caliking said:
    Here's one thing I noticed that may help out in the future - some cooks had their prep tables raised up on those bed risers that Bed Bath & Beyond type places sell. Raised the table up 6" or so. Their backs must have thanked them later. 

    Saw that last year and forgot to get them this year.
    You can fabricate 2x4 super cheap, throw away risers for about $2-3 each.  Just lemme know.
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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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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,897
    I mean for the plans, unless I get there early.
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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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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    Foghorn said:
    Plano_JJ said:
    Really looking forward to cooking at the Plano Eggfest. Went last year to observe and taste and had a ball. My kids want to help me, do they allow that? Also, a buddy and I want to cook together, do you get two eggs or do they just provide you with one to share? Either way is fine.

    It seems like it depends on the relative supply of cooks and Eggs.  However, one thing that Mickey and Spring Chicken tried to tell me (OK, they DID tell me) was that you don't want to be cooking the whole time. For example, I didn't know that there were any bacon-wrapped pears in Salado until after I got him and read about them - and apparently they were cooked about 20 feet from me.


     

    Good to know, hadn't thought of that
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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    Solson005 said:
    @Plano_JJ I will try my best to make it to the Plano fest and cook something that will be worthy of a fest in Texas.
    From what I have seen you cook, that wont be an issue. Cmon down, I'll buy you a col one
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 2,666
    edited March 2013
    I have cooked at the Eggtoberfest for the last 5 years and I think it works best when we share an egg with a friend. We will get together a week or two prior and do a sample cook and drink a little or a lot! We will have our menu and do our prep prior to arriving and work as a team so we can all enjoy the fest. Last year one of our cooks was Bacon Explosions, damn were those good. We have a group of 6 that cook every year (The Green Man Group) and we use either 3 or 4 eggs, it works great as you are not tied to the egg all day and can take turns sampling and talking to other cooks.
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014 
    Founding Member of the Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia




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  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Plano_JJ said:
    Really looking forward to cooking at the Plano Eggfest. Went last year to observe and taste and had a ball. My kids want to help me, do they allow that? Also, a buddy and I want to cook together, do you get two eggs or do they just provide you with one to share? Either way is fine.
    I put on the Plano Outlaw Eggfest . Your kids are more than welcome to cook with you! We have always had plenty of eggs for our cooks. I'm sure you will be able to use two. If  we don't have enough for you to use two, I'll bring one of mine for you to use. See? Easy!
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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    hornhonk said:
    Plano_JJ said:
    Really looking forward to cooking at the Plano Eggfest. Went last year to observe and taste and had a ball. My kids want to help me, do they allow that? Also, a buddy and I want to cook together, do you get two eggs or do they just provide you with one to share? Either way is fine.
    I put on the Plano Outlaw Eggfest . Your kids are more than welcome to cook with you! We have always had plenty of eggs for our cooks. I'm sure you will be able to use two. If  we don't have enough for you to use two, I'll bring one of mine for you to use. See? Easy!
    Steve, you and I met at Hirsch's then again at the Eggfest back in Nov. I had my in laws, wife and two little girls with me. Hope to see you soon. Are you still cooking at Elliott's?
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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    JRWhitee said:
    I have cooked at the Eggtoberfest for the last 5 years and I think it works best when we share an egg with a friend. We will get together a week or two prior and do a sample cook and drink a little or a lot! We will have our menu and do our prep prior to arriving and work as a team so we can all enjoy the fest. Last year one of our cooks was Bacon Explosions, damn were those good. We have a group of 6 that cook every year (The Green Man Group) and we use either 3 or 4 eggs, it works great as you are not tied to the egg all day and can take turns sampling and talking to other cooks.
    I like your prep idea. The thought of cooking and drinking prior to cooking and drinking is just terrible :-O
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  • As a noob to cooking for others not related or acquainted with me, I'm taking all this advice to heart.  Thank you!

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

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,468
    Take time to enjoy the Fest. Don't cook over 2.5 hours. Tough to meet people and not cut off a finger.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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