And it was the beginning of a lifelong relationship. OMG.. I have cooked on an egg, many times in fact. But never have I cooked on my own egg, with all the tools to do different cooks and with the power of research on my side.
I did some steaks first while trying to learn my Adjustable Rig. I don't think I set it up right, I'll do a few things different next time.
The steaks came out great! Not perfect, still need to work on my reverse sear method. Mostly I need to slow down the indirect part and speed up the sear. But the steaks were still better than any filets I have ever made. I would have DESTROYED steaks that thick on my old char-griller. (sorry, no pics.)
Then on Saturday we did some ABTs. I have done this in the past, but always in my oven. SMOKED>>>>>>>>>>>OVEN. Wow. So darn good!
And finally on Sunday, we smoked a turkey. This was purely experimental. We plan to do a bunch before Thanksgiving. We started by following the exact recipe we use for an oven cook, but replaced the oven with the egg and added some smoke. It had a wonderful taste, but it was dry. We cooked at 330 and let it stay in for too long. By the time we checked temp, we were pushing 200 in the dark meat and 185 in the breast. Next time I'll lower the temp to 250-275 and go for probably about the same amount of time
We ate all the bacon off during the cook.
And that's my first weekend with my XL BGE!
XL / Small
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt