We recently bought a LGE egg to replace our gas grill that had been thrown during 70 MPH wind gusts and was detroyed. We've used it now a few times and I just wanted to write up my opinion of it.
We really enjoyed the brisket and beans. They came out nicely smoked, juicy, and everything we were hoping for in a good lo and slo cook.
But in all honesty, the steak was not as good as I've made regularly in the past, and the whole chickens that we did were good, but nothing any more special than I've done in the oven (by the way, the secret to crispy chicken in an oven is a brown paper bag).
We used the TRex method on the steaks. They were just OK in our opinion, and we know we could have done better on our old gas grill. They had a slightly smoky flavor that was nice, and they were juicy and tender. But, the sear wasn't as nice as on our gas grill......and we really missed that.
We did two whole chickens above a drip pan with carrots and red potatoes. The veggies came out good, but would have been essentially the same in the oven below chicken. The chickens had crisp skin and were both juicy. I can't say I have any complaints, but that I have done them just as well in the oven many times. Again, there was the difference of the smokier flavor, but I'm not necessarily looking for smokiness to all my foods.
I hate to say it as I know there's a huge following on here, but I am a bit disappointed. There's a lot hype around the BGE's and I really bought into the "food tastes so much different on an egg" theory. But, I'm not sure that's necessarily true. I think the food on the egg is good, I just don't see the big difference everyone talks about. I can't help but guess that maybe those people had difficulties achieving good food using other appliances, and maybe that's why the egg seems so much different to them? I'm not disappointed in the quality, look, ease of use, etc. of the egg......but from what I had read on here, I really expected the food to taste different. It's great food, but I think we made just as tasty of food before the egg.
Now, don't get me wrong, I like my egg, and it's a stellar smoker. I've only owned one other small smoker in the past, and only for a short while at that (the Hawaiian environment rusted it in a very short timeframe) so I can't compare smoked foods as much as I can my grilled foods. The egg, IMHO, seems to do an equal job smoking food compared to the other smoker I owned. However, the egg is definitely built better and has a great warranty. It's definitely a luxury model and will last us our lifetime.
It obviously has some other great functions that neither a smoker or grill can handle, like the pizza oven type atmosphere. That's cool and something I'm sure we'll utilize alot in the future.
It's also easy to keep clean, burns efficiently, and cooks well in poor weather conditions.
But, as a grill.....well it's just OK. It really seems no different to me than a charcoal grill. The structure is different and all the little extras are very useful to arrange foods differently on the egg and such. I would say it's like buying an ipod vs. another quality brand of mp3 player. They both play music, and can play it with equal quality, but the ipod has so many more extras available for it.
Not trying to start waves on here, just want to be honest for anyone looking to buy one. The egg is great, and it cooks well. It's built like a tank and the packaging was top notch. The dealer we have locally was knowledgeable and very helpful. They even remember all of our kids names. If you're looking for a quality unit, the egg is a great choice. But, if I'm being honest, I don't taste the "difference". I taste the smoke, but there's a difference like that between a gas grill and all charcoal grills/smokers. Otherwise, I don't taste any difference, sorry.