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Dutch over versus Crock pot?

Newb here eager to try Egret chili.  Gathered all the ingredients today but I don't have a dutch oven.  Any reason not to use the pot out of my large Crock Pot? Thanks in advance!
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  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,052
    I wouldn't...

    Go get a DO and be sure... You don't want busted pot and chili all over the inside of ur egg
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    +1. I would not chance it.
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    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,541
    You can pick up a lodge 5 qt at Target for under $35, will last a lifetime. Versatile and easy to clean
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    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
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  • Sea2SkiSea2Ski Posts: 542
    edited January 2014
    For what it is worth, I risked the pot of my crock pot in the egg about 2 months ago, and cooked chili in it. I I put it on the grid above the platesetter. Worked fine.
    For x-mas, I got my dutch oven. Yay!
    Burning lump in Downingtown, PA
    or diesel in Cape May, NJ.
    ....just look for the smoke!
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  • rsmith193rsmith193 Posts: 219
    Crock pot works for indirect, but is a pain inthe tuchus to clean the outside of it.
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  • I just used the crockpot system to make chili and gave the egg a night off.

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  • Thanks to all.  I broke down and bought a Lodge.  The afternoon plan is Egret Chili, meatball appetizers and a loaf of bread on the BGE.  Fingers crossed!
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  • Good call on getting a DO. Haven't used in the egg yet, but love being able to sauté and brown meats and veggies on the stove for chili, stew, or soups and cook in one pot - makes a huge difference in developing flavor. Best part if DO is scraping those browned bits off the bottom, you just can't get that from a crock pot. The only time we use our crock pot now is for a slow cook while we're off to work.

    LBGE Atlanta, GA  Ramblin' Wreck

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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,541
    Tell us how it went!
    XLBGE, Small BGE, Homebrew and Guitars
    Rochester, NY
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  • Hey Bob...it went OK.  Decided the bread was overkill.  Did it in the oven.  Meatballs and chili both killer but my temperature control still needs work.  It all took longer than it probably should have.  Haven't gotten around to learning the picture post regimen.  Too busy learning to use my egg!  Did I mention that the meatballs and chili were killer?  :)
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  • odie91odie91 Posts: 218
    Cookinbob said:
    You can pick up a lodge 5 qt at Target for under $35, will last a lifetime. Versatile and easy to clean
    Anytime I'm in need of kitchen goods, i first check TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or Ross Dress for Less.  Can often find great deals there.
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  • I've got the egret chili on my L egg right now.  First time making it.  Perfect night for egging chili in Miami.

    Large BGE, Coral Gables, FL
    Large BGE, Big Sky, MT
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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    They can crack easily with quick temp changes. I speak from experience.
    Dunedin, FL
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  • cfwilencfwilen Posts: 22
    5 qt Lodge Dutch Oven for $30 on Amazon right now. 

    Somehow I get these daily amazon "sale" emails.  About a year ago, they had a 6qt Lodge enameled DO for $30.  Had to be red - all of the other colors were 3x the cost, so I figured I needed 3 red ones.
    Portland, OR
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  • I use an enamel DO.  Wrap the outside with aluminum foil and cleanup is a breeze
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  • I like the egg as much as the next guy, but to me it seems like a "wrong tool for the job" kind of thing for chili. I can go about my business and let this thing simmer along for hours. And I'm saving lump. In fact, right now I'm going to run to the store because I forgot the Rotel.

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  • cfwilencfwilen Posts: 22
    I like the egg as much as the next guy, but to me it seems like a "wrong tool for the job" kind of thing for chili. I can go about my business and let this thing simmer along for hours. And I'm saving lump. In fact, right now I'm going to run to the store because I forgot the Rotel.

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    IMO, chili absorbs the smoke very well and adds another layer of flavor to chili.  I like a crock pot as much as the next guy, but I'll take chili from the egg and the extra flavor.
    Portland, OR
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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    Fearless, addition of smoke flavor to the chilli is the reason to Egg it. Try it once and see!
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • I'll have to try that in the future then. But no chili for me for a while. I overdid it.

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  • cfwilen said:
    IMO, chili absorbs the smoke very well and adds another layer of flavor to chili.  I like a crock pot as much as the next guy, but I'll take chili from the egg and the extra flavor.
    +1  It can really kick up a turkey chili if you're looking to eat a little healthier.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

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