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Medium can't fit BGE plate setter and BGE v-rack

Porco RossoPorco Rosso Posts: 84
edited 9:20AM in EggHead Forum
I just got the BGE v-rack. Up until now I'd been rigging my butts up on fire bricks and and a smaller circle rack.

I was happy to see the v-rack (which says it will work in the medium) at my Egg dealer today, but when I got home I found I could not close the egg with both it, the grid and the plate setter in place.

One option I'm considering for tomorrow's butts is to is to lose the grid and balance the v-rack precariously atop the plate setter with a thing drip pan under the v-rack.... but this may cause the pork to be too low and close to the heat.

Option number 2 is to lose the plate-setter and replace it with a 12" pizza stone. Though I'm not sure the egg will close with a v-rack on the pizza stone.

Anybody else with a medium worked out a solution ti this?



  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Option #3 - don't use the V rack. Use the plate setter/drip pan/grate set-up with the butt just sitting on the grate.

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  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    It's been a while since I have cooked a butt in my medium,but this is how I did it.I used the platesetter (legs-up)and placed a disposable pan(9x11 I think)on top.Then put the v-rack in the pan.I can't find the picture,but it worked fine.You can also raise the V-rack with a couple thin firebricks or something.Good luck ;) BTW,the v-rack will fit inverted as a rib rack B)

  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Dude, looks like your pulling a little extra flava from the v-rack. Dougs Rust Rub?
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    You know me,I keep my eggs so spotless,I must have worn the paint off of it trying to clean it :woohoo: :silly: B)
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Just keep feeding me those ABT's and I won't complain.
  • :cheer:
    How else should we get our iron requirements?
  • That sounds easy. I don't know why I got the idea that I had to have my butt somehow suspended up above the grate.

    I need to go for a faster cook tomorrow anyway to beat the rain, so that sounds like the day to do it.

    Happy fourth everybody.
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Good luck and and a happy 4th to you B)
  • Thanks, Doug.

    Enjoy those baby backs.
  • SlotmercenarySlotmercenary Posts: 1,071
    take the fire ring out and set the platesetter on the top of the fire box then your rack will fit in. that is how i use mine. just keep an eye on the level of your lump throughout the cook.
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    You know what,I just read thirdeyes response,and that might be how I did it.I was thinking of the V-rack,but I think I did that cook in the XL :blush: I agree with him,just put the butt on the grid over the drip pan :pinch: It has been a long time,sorry ;)
  • East Cobb EggyEast Cobb Eggy Posts: 1,162
    Personally, I think the V-Rack is overrated.

    Just put it on the grid.

  • East Cobb EggyEast Cobb Eggy Posts: 1,162
    Doug and his well used platesetters.


  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    This was the butt that I was thinking of.But this was done on my XL :pinch:


    My platesetters are very well used :blush: I rarely use a drip pan,but I cook all the crap off of them later :whistle: ;) :lol:
  • CaptGrumpyCaptGrumpy Posts: 58
    No rack needed to do butts. Here I have a brisket going under the butts and a drip pan under then t catch the grease.
  • East Cobb EggyEast Cobb Eggy Posts: 1,162
    Agreed, Capt.

  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    You are correct. With the V rack and platesetter the V rack hits the dome. However, for indirect with the V rack, don't use the platesetter. Put in the grate, aluminum drip pan (as indirect) and V rack. The dome now closes just fine. You can use Inverted V Rack with the platesetter just fine.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Unfortunately, need the V rack to put on three fulls slabs of pork ribs.
  • Thanks, everybody.

    I went with keeping the platesetter and losing the v-rack. But it's good to know there are so many options for the future.

    T-storms all night meant I couldn't do an overnight cook anyway, so I'm going for two 4.5 lb butts instead of one big one. Still raining, but the butts are coming along right on schedule.
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