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24 hour notice.

I get my XL big green egg delivered tomorrow afternoon!  I have 24 hours to plan, purchase, marinate/brine, and then cook tomorrow night!!

What should I be buying today?     My first thought is to buy steaks for tomorrow night because no need to brine or soak. And, also buy a chicken to brine and dry in time for either Thursday or Friday night.   

I was going to do my first pork shoulder/butt this weekend, but I don't have a remote temperature sensor yet. Just a thermapen.

"Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, Even though checkered by failureThan to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer muchbecause they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"Theodore Roosevelt

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  • JSobotkinJSobotkin Posts: 29
    Start with ribs. Very easy to start with and get used to the BGE.

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  • HicHic Posts: 312
    Spatchcock a chicken

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,819
    You do not need remote temp for a butt. I don't use one
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini....

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 9,524
    Don't need a remote... Temp till close.. Pull the butt as soon as the bone will come out easily. Have fun.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 244
    I would need something other than just a thermapen and the dome thermo to do a low and slow right?  I feel I would be opening the egg too often at the end without it.

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, Even though checkered by failureThan to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer muchbecause they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"Theodore Roosevelt
  • Everything on the Egg, save brisket, is pretty fail-proof; might just be my personal preference but I'd start with a pork butt.

    When I got mine, I did a burn just to get used to dialing temps in; don't think it's necessary but it can't hurt.

  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 4,071
    edited June 2013
    Chicken is great on the egg.  I have never tried brining- I usually just dust it with some rub and throw it on.  Wings, thighs, quarters, or a whole chicken spatchcocked or vertical roaster...they all come out great.  Perhaps they would be even better brined, but I wouldn't hesitate to just pick up some yardbird, dust it with rub,  and throw it on the egg for your first cook ;)

    Here is a great link for instructions on how to spatch:


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  • J_QueJ_Que Posts: 159
    +1 on the Spatchcock chicken. It's almost foolproof. Rub it, Smoke it, Eat it.
     
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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 449
    If I am not mistaken mother ship advises strongly against blast furnace temps until you have a couple of lower temp experiences to let the gasket adhesive cure... Steak will take you out of low temp pretty quick. My first day I just had a fire...let it burn for a couple of hours just getting used to controlling the temperature. In retrospect I could have just as easily cooked some chicken while I was doing that...
  • HDumptyEsqHDumptyEsq Posts: 245
    Thick pork chops (bone in if possible) brined for just a couple of hours, maybe three would be delectable and almost foolproof. A good basic brine would be 1 gallon of water, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tbs. garlic powder, 2 tbs. dried onion, 1 tbs. paprika (you can crank it up with smoked or hot), 1 tbs. dried sage, 1 tbs. dried thyme and 2 tbs. whole peppercorns. Bring it to a boil, simmer for 15 minutes then cool to below 40 degrees (put the pot in the sink with some iced water to cool quickly). Put the chops and the brine in a two-gallon zip-lock bag, expel the air and leave in the fridge. Rinse and dry them and back in the fridge for an hour to form a slight pellicle (sticky surface to catch lots of smoky flavor. You can cook them pretty fast and hot and they will still be juicy. Yummo!

    Tony in Brentwood, TN.

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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 244
    Spaightlabs said:
    If I am not mistaken mother ship advises strongly against blast furnace temps until you have a couple of lower temp experiences to let the gasket adhesive cure... Steak will take you out of low temp pretty quick. My first day I just had a fire...let it burn for a couple of hours just getting used to controlling the temperature. In retrospect I could have just as easily cooked some chicken while I was doing that...
    Ahh. Very good point. I hadn't thought of that.

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, Even though checkered by failureThan to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer muchbecause they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"Theodore Roosevelt
  • flemsterflemster Posts: 235
    +1 on the butt.  I did my first with no external probe, a dial meat thermometer spot check and my BGE.  Spatchcock (which is fancy term for cut in half and butterflied carcass) chicken is also a very easy option.  Even burgers will taste so much better than anything else you have done on a gasser or briquette cooker.
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 4,834
    Butt is very forgiving and once you stabilize at 250-300, can be easily cooked during the day. This will allow you and your egg to get acquainted. If it stalls too long and needs some help, foil it for an hour or so. You are good to go. Enjoy!
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  • damnedhooligandamnedhooligan Posts: 76
    edited June 2013
    @Thatgrimguy:
    This is so exciting! Takes me back to when my XL got delivered. Make sure to take a pic like I did of mine below....it will remind you of the first and last time you will ever see that baby so clean
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    XL BGE with adj rig & woo2

  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 244
    Well, it didn't get delivered last night, still waiting on the table. But I just got a call that it will be here tonight!  I'm going to do a spatchcock chicken tonight

    I work too much to do a butt during the week. But this weekend I'm definitely doing one.

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, Even though checkered by failureThan to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer muchbecause they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"Theodore Roosevelt
  • JebpotJebpot Posts: 321
    The overnight or all day butt is a lot easier then u think. The egg holds temp so well. Had mine about 6 weeks and I have been cooking 3 or 5 times a week and the food and how easy to cook with still blowing me away. It is a great ride.

    XL and Small

    Chattanooga, TN

  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 244
    Yeah, I know it's going to be loads easier than my Chargriller with the smoke box! 

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, Even though checkered by failureThan to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer muchbecause they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"Theodore Roosevelt
  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 244
    Well. I did a Spatchcock chicken last night!! Best chicken I have ever had in my life!!! 

    But everytime I try to post about it, it says I need to wait for approval that never happens.

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, Even though checkered by failureThan to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer muchbecause they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"Theodore Roosevelt
  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 1,982
    Well. I did a Spatchcock chicken last night!! Best chicken I have ever had in my life!!! 

    But everytime I try to post about it, it says I need to wait for approval that never happens.
    I've gotten that sometimes when posting something with several nested quotes.
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  • CharlesmaneriCharlesmaneri Posts: 1,249
    no need for a remote thermometer yo have to set your pit temp for 225 and leave it alone for at the least 12 hours after that check it with a internal  thermometer looking bfor a meat temp of 185v to 190 and you will be just fine 
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