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which size - help

edited 10:01PM in EggHead Forum
I am sure this has been discussed several times! But!

I am in the process of purchasing an egg! And need to know what size you would recommend! I know most people end up with the large, but I thinking about just buying a medium.

I dont want to regret it later and/or upgrade to a large!

I will mostly just cook for a family of 5! with some weekend cookouts for a few friends. My main concern is ribs as this will probably be my signature egg dish!

I wouldnt think I would ever need to cook more than 4-5 full racks!

your suggestions are appreciated! and btw, I can get a new medium for around $450! the price is right!


  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    If I had it to do over again I would still buy a large. I think you're gonna wish you had a large if you like cooking for friends and like to cook ribs. I like that price though. Hard to turn down.
  • RVHRVH Posts: 523
    Last night I grilled 3ea steaks. Our large BGE has a spider that lowers the grid height to just above the burning lump, so as to get a good sear without having to get the egg so hot. A size Medium BGE cast iron grid fits down into the spider. After the sear the steaks are removed and placed on the normal size Large BGE grid that is atop a wooII ring to get a little elevation. What struck me was that the steaks were quite closely packed together on the med grid, but there was room on the large grid fro at least 2ea more steaks. A three inch diameter difference might not sound like a lot, but it surprised me.
  • LARGE. Why do you think it is BGE's best seller?
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Go large or go home. :laugh: -RP
  • FiretruckFiretruck Posts: 2,678
    I don't own a medium so it's hard to say. That being said I do own a large and love it. I can do low and slows for 24 hrs straight. I have done a lot of ribs and it's great for that. I have often thought more grid space would be nice for rib so they could lay flat and have better presentation.

    Another plus is that there are more accessories for the large than any other size.

    Good luck in your decision. You will probably get both sizes sooner or later anyway.
  • My thoughts would be get the large in general. If you like doing ribs definitely get the large.
  • just drop the extra couple bucks and get a large. I cook for 2 people and I run out of room on my large. Also as other people point out, there are more accessories for the large as well. Good luck hoss
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,297
    Pop for a large! Then save your butter and egg money to add a small later as a terrific combo!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
    Re-gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time...

  • jeffinsgfjeffinsgf Posts: 1,259
    I own both a Large and a Medium. I've had the Medium for 10 years and the Large for about 6 months. I love my Medium, but, I wouldn't want to feed a family of four with it. There are only two of us, so it fits nice most of the time. If your children are tweens or older, they're going to eat like adults (or more if they're boys). You're going to run out of grill real estate pretty quick with a Medium.

    Also, ribs have to be sectioned or rolled to fit on the Medium.
  • A wise person once said "buy the biggest grill(Egg) you can afford".
  • If you are cooking for more than 2, you have to go with the large...the medium puts to many limits on you
  • A number of members have Mediums and like them, but for a family of five (my current inventory of folks), I'd go with a Large. Plus, there are a lot more accessories for the Large.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Five in the family... you are going to need a large.
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