Hey Everyone! New to the forum and a new BGE owner here.
My wife bought me a Large BGE for my birthday last Saturday and figured I would break it in this weekend. But before i did, I wanted to reach out to the experts and ask a few questions:
1 - I was advised to burn a little bit of the BGE charcoal prior to actually using it to 'burn out' any aromas from the ceramic and/or chemicals. Is that true?
2 - Its recommended that the first cook be below 400 degrees so that the gaskets can seat properly. Wanted your opinion there too.
We thought about doing chicken (not a whole one) and stuffed grouper or snapper this weekend so I had a couple question about that too.
1 - If you cook multiple things such as fish and chicken at the same time under or about 400 (or any degrees really), will the chicken taste like fish and/or vice versa?
2 - since it is recommended to cook the first time at or under 400, would it be best to smoke the chicken and fish?
3 - If yes to question 2, is it required that I get wood chips in order to smoke or is that just a flavor preference?
4 - I see a lot of videos and discussion regarding smoking salmon, but not very many smoking techniques to grouper or snapper. Any recommendations?
Thanks! I am sure there will be more but that will do it for now.