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advice for newbies

henapplehenapple Posts: 13,814
first off, you're not a newbie... you're a neo, New egg owner...a newbie can't do anything, you can.

be easy on yourself and don't get frustrated... it'll come

don't buy the egg and automatically buy everything you can... and wait to build your table till you get the feel of what you need and want...I think a thermapen is a must though.

there is no " best charcoal"... if your happy with it... roll on. if you don't like Ozark Oak though you're a dumbass

get involved on this forum. it's a wealth of info and filled with great folks. search for answers but ask the questions you need answered.

don't be overly sensitive... there are disagreements on here and someone will rag on you. who cares?

go to an eggfest.. and cook.

be adventurous... try your own way

share pictures, fails and wins

whether your cook is good or bad it's a win. you've learned more than you knew.

cook more than needed and share with your local firehall, emt station, orphanage, etc

it is a cult... and it will change the way you cook and view food.

I've only been egging since last August and these are just a few lessons I've picked up.





Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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Comments

  • SookieSookie Posts: 128

    It took me some trial and error as a new egger a few years ago.  I overcooked and undercooked a few things.  That's where your advice on the thermopen is invaluable. 

    To Henapple's advice I would add play with smoke chip flavors. 

    A coworker of mine took a bite of chicken I heated up as a leftover for lunch and his exclamation was "holy God..."

    This victory too can be yours. 

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  • rtt121rtt121 Posts: 634
    Good advice!

    That's a lot of posts for 8 months of egging.   

    ;)

    Just ragging you.
    Medium, and XL eggs in Galloway NJ.  Just outside of Atlantic City.  
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,814
    I'm an addict... and can't shut up.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,113
    I agree with henapple the Thermapen is the most important first item you add. Cook to temp and not time. Also you will pick up more in the 4 to 6 hours at an EggFest than 6 months on your own. Pictures are a must, this is lunch:image
    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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  • and just because Tony blatantly advertises on here that he wants to meet you (a total stranger) on a dark side road with the lure of cheap lump, that does not make him creepy. He's a wonderful fellow.



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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,250
    and just because Tony blatantly advertises on here that he wants to meet you (a total stranger) on a dark side road with the lure of cheap lump, that does not make him creepy. He's a wonderful fellow.


    Tis true.

    Centex on the other hand...

    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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  • LDRLDR Posts: 187

    I enjoyed this post when I was getting started, reading everything:

    http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1144663/some-things-i-have-learned/p1

     

     

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  • LDR said:

    I enjoyed this post when I was getting started, reading everything:

    http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1144663/some-things-i-have-learned/p1

     

     

    That one is a classic. Great read for new and "experienced"





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  • Awesome post and great advise. I particularly like the idea of sharing failures so that we can all learn something.
    Persistence and determination are omnipotent!
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,258
    henapple said:
    first off, you're not a newbie... you're a neo, New egg owner...a newbie can't do anything, you can. be easy on yourself and don't get frustrated... it'll come don't buy the egg and automatically buy everything you can... and wait to build your table till you get the feel of what you need and want...I think a thermapen is a must though. there is no " best charcoal"... if your happy with it... roll on. if you don't like Ozark Oak though you're a dumbass get involved on this forum. it's a wealth of info and filled with great folks. search for answers but ask the questions you need answered. don't be overly sensitive... there are disagreements on here and someone will rag on you. who cares? go to an eggfest.. and cook. be adventurous... try your own way share pictures, fails and wins whether your cook is good or bad it's a win. you've learned more than you knew. cook more than needed and share with your local firehall, emt station, orphanage, etc it is a cult... and it will change the way you cook and view food. I've only been egging since last August and these are just a few lessons I've picked up.

    And let the white smoke clear

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    edited April 2013

    "if you don't like Ozark Oak though you're a dumbass"

     LOL! Have to agree, its about the best there is, for me at least =D>

    I haven't even been egging a year yet and I completely view food, especially BBQ differently. Have learned a ton on here and will be cooking in the Plano Eggfest this year. Have also had several failures, mainly briskets. Have had enough success to where my family asks, "what are you cooking next?"

    Just for fun, here are some ribs from Easter weekend with my homemade rub on them. They were a hit. 

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  • Plano_JJPlano_JJ Posts: 448
    image
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,550
    henapple said:
    I'm an addict... and can't shut up.
    And most of us are very glad you don't, always entertaining and worth a look, keep it up Oh, poultry fruit man. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • tamu2009tamu2009 Posts: 264
    @village idiot... egging on halloween? or is that real?
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    LBGE 2013 - MiniMax 2015 - Seemingly every accessory the fine folks at CGS sell - Fightin' Texas Aggie till I die - Gig 'Em - Located in the bright lights of Dallas
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    tamu2009 said:
    @village idiot... egging on halloween? or is that real?
    pssst.  I'm pretty good at Photoshop.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,113
    @tamu2009  Just don't piss VI off. The photos to your wife are not helpful..... Tough to explain to wife you have never been to Paris and sure don't know that woman (if he is being nice). Man if he is really ticked offl.....
    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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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Mickey said:
    @tamu2009  Just don't piss VI off. The photos to your wife are not helpful..... Tough to explain to wife you have never been to Paris and sure don't know that woman (if he is being nice). Man if he is really ticked offl.....
    Bartender !  I'll have what Mr. Mickey is having.  It seems to take your mind where sane people have never been.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • tamu2009tamu2009 Posts: 264
    Hahaha. Not trying to piss off, just thinking to myself "damn he's holding realllly still with a AWEFUL burn."

    I've been burned badly and couldn't have held still for a picture like that so I was thinking he was a badass!
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    LBGE 2013 - MiniMax 2015 - Seemingly every accessory the fine folks at CGS sell - Fightin' Texas Aggie till I die - Gig 'Em - Located in the bright lights of Dallas
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,814
    probably drunk...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,113
    It's a high hanging curve ball......... .... Please substitute dumb for bad!!!!!
    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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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    Here's another list of 'Things I've learned on the Forum' from a while ago

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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,356
    You must always have a drink in your hand while tending that hard to control cooking device.(so SWMBO thinks thats why you drink so much)  :D

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

    Stockton Ca.

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