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Mini Egg? Yes or No? All commentary/opinions wanted

At home I have my LBGE and MBGE and will be camping a little bit this summer.  Should I slum it and just load up the lil smokey joe weber with lump or purchase the mini egg?  How could it be useful to my existing collection?  What do you use or like to grill on your mini egg?  
Large, Medium, and Mini BGE, a few accessories, 2 kids, 1 dog, and original wife.  Lover of winter and powdery snow. 
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,732
    Yes


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    LBGE & SBGE (big momma and pat)
  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,372
    edited May 2013
    I love my mini and use it all the time, but it's the small that comes along when we go camping or tailgating.  I find the extra space handy for the things we typically make.

    Mike

    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
  • Go for the egg.  I don't own a mini yet, but someday soon a mini or small for portable egging.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 1,453
    You come to the right place. There are mini supporters and those who think its a rip off....

    What side will you chose?

    Mini is my only egg.
    Seattle, WA
  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,319
    I have large and a small. Small vs mini I choose small. Mini vs weber I choose mini. No brainer.
  • SmokinTiger81SmokinTiger81 Posts: 286
    I have a large and a small, and use the small for tailgating or out of town cooking.  Not sure I could get enough on the mini to buy it over the small.
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,921
    Basically I'd look at it like this, if you plan on cooking for 2-3 people that are going to sit down to eat together, the Mini is great.  If you have to serve more then that your going to at least need the small.  The Mini can crank out a lot of food if those that are with you don't mind staggering when they eat. So I guess it really depends on table manners.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 4,048
    I have a small and a mini. Both are great, so if you are choosing between them, you can't lose. Small has more real estate and is heavier. Mini out performs the small (hotter, quicker) and is lighter. I wouldn't consider the Weber because I try to think long-term (What will I be happier with two years from now?).

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

  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    I have a large and i can cook full meals on it for three adults, and have cooked pulled pork for big family reunions.  In over three years i have not needed, an additional egg of any size for my needs.  When i camp, i wouldn't want the problem of lugging the weight and possible damage of an egg, plus the problem of cooldown of an egg.  A weber like you suggested is where i would go!!  Hose the coals down and load it up, and be on the road.  And i don't like the idea of leaving hot coals at an unattended camp site! 
  • LitLit Posts: 2,430
    Mini rocks we take it all over. We went camping last weekend with 15 people and used 2 minis and a small. We had 3 racks of ribs going at one point.
  • LitLit Posts: 2,430

    Here's a 6.5 pound shoulder on a mini.image

  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,947
    edited May 2013
    My opinion will be unpopular.  I have a large and a mini.  I love the large and wouldn't trade it for any cooker, no matter what the price.

    The mini is also very good on grilling.  I have not used it much at all for indirect or low and slow.  So, for me, I think a much cheaper Weber would do just as good as a mini.

    I know Mickey will have me banned from the forum for my blasphemy, but I really don't see the "added advantage" of the mini.
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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,162

    Love our mini, it is great for 2-people-sized cooks.

    Primarily, I bought it for portability.  We have a small condo on the Oregon Coast, about 3 hours away.  Teamed up with an Egg Carten from Scott Lewis, it is a traveling companion!  It goes to the coast many times a year. 

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 4,048
    Very cool! How long, temp, any need to refuel? Always wanted to do that on the mini.

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  • LitLit Posts: 2,430
    It went 7 hours at around 350 and had about an hours worth of lump left. It was wicked good lump though and filled to the max.
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 4,048
    Thanks! Gonna turbo butt real soon!

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

  • bbqlearnerbbqlearner Posts: 584

    Love our mini.

    Houston, TX - Buddy LBGE, Don SBGE, Tiny Mini & Shiny Momma Pitts n Spitts

  • AUWAGAUWAG Posts: 72
    Big fan of the mini. I used to think it was just a toy. Use it 4/5 cooks now. Coked a drunk chicken for Memorial Day, can fit 3-4 steaks or chicken breasts and is ready to go soon. Make sure you get the new MK-II fire ring to fit the plate setter and I recommend an egg carten over the recently separately priced $50 nest
  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,091
    Yes one of the most versatile eggs we own.  
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,461
    The Mini is really more versatile than what most folks think. As for what we like to cook on a Mini, pretty much anything that will fit. If you haven't seen Spring Chicken's Magic Mini Moments vids check them out to get a sense of how we use them:

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  • Elmer FuddElmer Fudd Posts: 58
    Go for the mini. Added the mini over Christmas - never looked back!
    Minneapolis / St. Paul. Large & Mini
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,277
    Pound for pound I cannot think of a bigger waste of money than a mini BGE
  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 417
    Zippylip said:
    Pound for pound I cannot think of a bigger waste of money than a mini BGE
    For two people, the Mini is worth it weight in gold. I use it 75% of the time vs the LBGE. 

    For 3 or more, the Egg would be a waste.

    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    LBGE and Mini
  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 417
    I meant to say the Mini would be a waste if there are more than 2 people. Have not had coffee yet.


    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    LBGE and Mini
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 13,571
    edited June 2013
    We sent a Mini to Afghanistan and it cooked for 21 troops. Not a waste of money. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,277
    Springram said:
    Zippylip said:
    Pound for pound I cannot think of a bigger waste of money than a mini BGE
    For two people, the Mini is worth it weight in gold. I use it 75% of the time vs the LBGE. 

    For 3 or more, the Egg would be a waste.

    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    What you've stated makes sense within the vacuum that is the BGE family of cookers; if BGE was the only manufacturer of charcoal cookers I'd be more inclined to agree with you as the mini is an efficient choice compared to the larger eggs.  But alas there is no shortage of non-BGE cookers that outperform the mini at a tiny fraction of the cost.  So the analysis as I see it is simple, is the poster willing to pay a very significant premium for a cooker that is very limited size-wise for the sake of saying "but it's a BGE" like my other cookers...
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,277
    Mickey said:
    We sent a Mini to Afghanistan and it cooked for 21 troops. Not a waste of money. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

    Mickey, with all due respect you and I both know how long it would take to rotate enough food on & off a cooker the size of a mini to feed 21 hungry people.  Can it be done?  Of course, but that's not the question.  Can it be done in 1/2 the time at 1/10th the cost?  Yes. 

    If your goal is to spend 10 times the money & a great deal more time cooking, then the mini is certainly the best choice.

     

  • LitLit Posts: 2,430
    Zippy what other cooker that's portable can you cook a 6.5 pound shoulder at 350 for 7 hours and not have to mess around with removing the shoulder and adding more charcoal and letting the lump burn off then add the food back and go another couple hours and do it again? I have cooked burgers and dogs for a crowd of 15 or so many times either at the lake or the pool or tailgating and its really not that hard. I had the little Weber and after the first couple cooks on the mini I put it out by the curb.
  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 417
    Zippylip said:
    Springram said:
    Zippylip said:
    Pound for pound I cannot think of a bigger waste of money than a mini BGE
    For two people, the Mini is worth it weight in gold. I use it 75% of the time vs the LBGE. 

    For 3 or more, the Egg would be a waste.

    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    What you've stated makes sense within the vacuum that is the BGE family of cookers; if BGE was the only manufacturer of charcoal cookers I'd be more inclined to agree with you as the mini is an efficient choice compared to the larger eggs.  But alas there is no shortage of non-BGE cookers that outperform the mini at a tiny fraction of the cost.  So the analysis as I see it is simple, is the poster willing to pay a very significant premium for a cooker that is very limited size-wise for the sake of saying "but it's a BGE" like my other cookers...
    Sounds good to me. Have fun with your Weber Smokey Joe or whatever. You used the word "outperform". You lost a little credibility on that one, however.

    Going cheap is the least of my goals in life.


    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    LBGE and Mini
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 1,453
    edited June 2013
    SkinnyV said:

    There are mini supporters and those who think its a rip off....


    Mini is my only egg.

    There's 1, I know there's a few more, this thread can get interesting. I think some only consider it a grill, not the low and slow possibilities. No doubt the thing is pricey, but I use it 3-4 times a week. 1 bag of lump per month if that as fuel.

    I've done brisket, butt, pastrami, turkey breast.
    Feeds my family of 4, and even 5 with pops in town last few months.
    Seattle, WA
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