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XL Maxed Out

Just got off the phone with a friend of mine that asked me to cook for 90 people at his house. Need some insight from my fellow eggers before giving him a yes or no.

I have an XL. I imagine that 40 lbs of meat would feed 90 folks (some are kids). So - is it possible to fit 2 briskets and 2 pork butts in the XL all at once?

If you've done this before, a picture would be helpful and also the kind of grate extender you have.

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  • hapsterhapster Posts: 4,197
    I don't own one, but I'm sure the nice people here that do will be able to help...

    I'd imaging its probably like stuffing bodies in a trunk, as long as it closes ;)

    Seriously though, both the beef and pork will shrink as the cook goes along. I think the XL should handle this cook with little issue
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,448
    2 packer briskets and two butts are no problem on an XL with a 2 grid set up. Here's a cook I did using the BGE 2 tier set up:

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    And after the meat shrunk some:

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    I believe it was about 28 lbs of brisket & 16 lbs of pork.
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    Bay Area, CA
  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 775
    You'd be darn close if you had an adjustable rig, but if not no way. I've done four butts that were about 35 #s total w/ AR, but it was jam packed. One other option would be to cook the pork earlier, vacuum seal it, then bring it back to temp later. 

    I think it's a blast cooking for big groups like this, so I'd be tempted to say go for it, but I know for a lot of people it's an expensive and stressful proposition.

    Cheers-

    B_B
    Badger at heart, living in SoCal

    Carlsbad, CA
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 818

    You don't have to do all at once either........do the two packers the day before.  Pull them off at 165, wrap them up in foil and refrigerate.

    Start your pork butts whenever you need to......do four of them, they're cheap!

    Then, 4-6 hrs before you're serving, throw those briskets in the oven and finish them to 190F.....doesn't matter what they're in when they're wrapped--as long as it's indirect.

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  • n2wdwn2wdw Posts: 47
    Admit it, you got the XL for situations like this (just like me), so go for it!  Low and slow cooks are forgiving, so everyone will no doubt be in awe of your food.
  • JOJayhawkJOJayhawk Posts: 25
    Unfortunately don't have any pictures, but I've done two packer briskets weighing about 16 lbs each and 4 bone in pork butts weighing a total 28 lbs. I use the Ceramic Grill Works Swing Rack. I put the briskets on the lower grid and then added the 4 butts to the top rack .
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 3,588

    You can definitely fit this. R2 posted a great pic you just have to get creative. You have to have multi tier cooking grid though. What equipment do you have? Someone will be able to assist with the setup if you post your gear. Good luck.

    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • GATABITESGATABITES Posts: 628
    edited July 2013
    Chubbs said:

    You can definitely fit this. R2 posted a great pic you just have to get creative. You have to have multi tier cooking grid though. What equipment do you have? Someone will be able to assist with the setup if you post your gear. Good luck.

    I agree. I all depends on the gear. If you have a extender of some sort you should be fine. I can't wait until I cook for a big gathering. We just bought our house, so I am waiting until we have more to accommodate guest. But when we do. its going to be hell on my XL..... LOL 
    XL BGE 
    Reisterstown, MD
  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,145
    I just did 50 lbs of butt on my xl with adj rig with no problem. Could have done 30 more lbs with careful placement of meat.
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,339
    Did 40-50 pounds of pork for a graduation party.
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  • phoenix007phoenix007 Posts: 49
    You've all inspired me. I'm all in!
  • VanDawg38VanDawg38 Posts: 30
    I cooked 45-50 pounds of butt, six of them, on my large for my son's graduation party.  Before and after (if I can figure out how to attach a picture).  XL with a couple grids should be a piece of cake.  Even with one grid, you should be able to cram all that goodness in there.
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,339
    One thing of note.  When cooking that much shoulder, be sure to account for the fat/grease drippings.  If not, you'll have one hell of a fire going by the end of the cook.  Don't ask me how I know this.
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    "Ain't nobody gonna find ya, unless you get yourself lost."
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 4,484
    edited July 2013
    If it were me I would just go all butts since they are more forgiving.  You should have no problem getting six butts weighing around 8 lbs each in the XL.  If you want to mix it up with briskeys and butts then go for it; but I think it would be a little less stressful if it was all butts.  


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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,763
    You'd be darn close if you had an adjustable rig, but if not no way. I've done four butts that were about 35 #s total w/ AR, but it was jam packed. One other option would be to cook the pork earlier, vacuum seal it, then bring it back to temp later. 

    I think it's a blast cooking for big groups like this, so I'd be tempted to say go for it, but I know for a lot of people it's an expensive and stressful proposition.

    Cheers-

    B_B
    I've seen 6 butts on a large with an AR, so I'd say 2 butts and 2 briskets on an XL ought to be a breeze.
    The Naked Whiz
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 3,588
    VanDawg38 said:
    I cooked 45-50 pounds of butt, six of them, on my large for my son's graduation party.  Before and after (if I can figure out how to attach a picture).  XL with a couple grids should be a piece of cake.  Even with one grid, you should be able to cram all that goodness in there.
    What is your setup here? This is what I was looking for on a previous thread. Looks like you have an AR and do not have the grid extender--- same here. What do you have as an indirect piece and drip pan?
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 4,484
    Chubbs said:
    VanDawg38 said:
    I cooked 45-50 pounds of butt, six of them, on my large for my son's graduation party.  Before and after (if I can figure out how to attach a picture).  XL with a couple grids should be a piece of cake.  Even with one grid, you should be able to cram all that goodness in there.
    What is your setup here? This is what I was looking for on a previous thread. Looks like you have an AR and do not have the grid extender--- same here. What do you have as an indirect piece and drip pan?
    I'm guessing it must be a spider with a stone because the first level is pretty far below the felt line.  Just guessin tho. 


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,763
    Here's a photo of Celtic Wolf doing 6 butts on a large Egg for the troops.  As I remember it, he had 3 larges cooking 18 butts, and 3 larges cooking 6 whole packer briskets.  Lots of meat.....

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    The Naked Whiz
  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 775
    When I said mine was full at 35#, it was because they were all on top of the AR. When you guys go multiple levels do you move things around to get even temp? If so, how often?
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    Carlsbad, CA
  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 1,339
    I just watch and monitor them and move if necessary.  They all cook differently, so you never know until you get going.

    But, yes, I will move them between levels and around on the grid.
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    "Ain't nobody gonna find ya, unless you get yourself lost."
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,763
    In this particular cook, no.  The butts never moved.
    The Naked Whiz
  • VanDawg38VanDawg38 Posts: 30
    Guess I had a post waiting to be "approved".  I've got the spider with 13 inch stone. Grid extender doesn't leave enough room under the dome for three butts.

    I have the extender with sliding grid and love it.

    I didn't move my butts around either,
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