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Recommend first cut of meat for first cook

devmodedevmode Posts: 68
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
I'm planning on firing up the egg for the first time this weekend.

Any recommendations? I want something "easy" ... maybe a 4-6 hour smoke.

What is a good cut to start my basic smoking/egg experience with?
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  • An easy 6 hr cook would be babyback ribs. I like hickory smoke with ribs.

    if you have a rib rack (or inverted v rack) you can set them up at 250 and then don't bother checking anything but the temp for 5 hours. 6 hours is usually good unless you do the 3-1-1 which even then can creep close to 6 hours.

    an easy 1 hour cook is chicken. indirect, 400.
    or spatchcock indirect or direct on a raised grid.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,635
    are you experienced with smokers or are you coming from the world of gas grills. if your experience is with gas grills, you want to play with temp control. start with low settings and work your way up slowly letting it stabilize in temps at 250, 300, 350 and stabilize each temp for at least 20 minutes befor changing your settings and watch your vent settings as it happens. chicken is an easy cook, do a search on spatchcock chicken.
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,399
    Have you tried "fatties?" That is, a whole roll of pork sausage, like Jimmy Dean's, rubbed with BBQ spices, and often stuffed with cheese and peppers? They can be done either direct or indirect with a dome about 350 on a raised grill. Take maybe 3 hours, sometimes less.
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  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,665
    country ribs,,cheap, easy and very forgiving

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  • BamaEGGBamaEGG Posts: 168
    Go with a fatty. Its simple. It will only take about 2 hours. And, it will be good practice for temp control.

    Jimmy Dean sausage rubbed with your favorite BBQ rub.

    I do mine 270 - 300 degrees. Indirect with Platesetter legs up and a drip pan. Put some hickory chunks or chips in. Once you have your temp stabilized put the entire Sausage log on the grid and cook to a internal of 170 degrees.

    Great way to enjoy breakfast for dinner.
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  • My first couple cooks on the Egg were disappointing for a couple reasons but primarily because I was impatient. Make sure the bad smoke is finished and the temps truly are stabilized before you hit the grill. Ribs would be an excellent choice for a 6 hour smoke but looking back at my fisrt couple cooks, chicken or burgers might be a better choice for "bonding" with your Egg and getting familiar with controlling the temps.
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  • BrocBroc Posts: 1,398
    Frank --

    You give good advice, but avoid the central question... "Which came first, the chicken or the Egg?"

    B)
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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,481
    As a recent first timer, and we all remember our first time :woohoo: , I would go with ribs since you stated you wanted a smoke. Mine came out great. For shorter cooks I would go for steaks.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,481
    As a recent first timer, and we all remember our first time :woohoo: , I would go with ribs since you stated you wanted a smoke. Mine came out great. For shorter cooks I would go for steaks.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,481
    double post...what the heck? No clue what happened.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,481
    double post...what the heck? No clue what happened.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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  • 4Runner4Runner Posts: 1,481
    again?????? This is the last post on this thread.....I promise.
    Joe - I'm a reformed gasser-holic aka 4Runner Columbia, SC Wonderful BGE Resource Site: http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramicfaq.htm and http://www.nibblemethis.com/
    What am I drinking now?   Woodford....neat
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  • No big deal but you won't double post if you:

    Don't hit the back button when you post. Click on "return to index".

    Better yet. Open threads using your right mouse button and clicking on "open in new tab". After perusing the thread and/or posting simply close that tab.
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  • 4-6 hour smoke is perfect time for some baby backs
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