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Eggfest Checklist?

Jersey DougJersey Doug Posts: 460
edited 2:17AM in EggHead Forum
We'll be cooking at an Eggfest for the first time at Waldorf. It's a perfect opportunity for me to look foolish by forgetting essential things. Here is a first draft of a checklist. I'd appreciate any advice, or better yet, does anyone else have a checklist that has worked for them?

Setup: Canopy w/ Anchors, Table, Chairs, Mini BGE (buying a demo), Grid Extenders, Stand for Egg
Fire: Charcoal, Starters, Matches, Grid Lifter, Ash Tool, Third Hand
Prep: Cooler and Ice, Ingredients, Cutting Board, Knives
Cooking: Tongs, Thermapen
Serving: Paper Plates, Toothpicks, Napkins
Cleanup: Paper Towels, Plastic Bags


  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,092
    add plastic gloves for safe food handling
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,092
    and sanitizing wipes for cleaning... :ohmy:
  • Desert FillyDesert Filly Posts: 1,042 "Kims" think alike....I was gonna post the same 2 items.....
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,244
    A little LOONG, but lots ofg good ideas.

    Bge, Eggcessories

    What would you say are the things I need to get going after I get the egg?

    Alcohol Wipes, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Aluminum Foil/Pans
    Ash Removal Tool
    Ash Removal Metal Bucket, Beware Of Hot Ashes
    Bags, Trash/Ziploc, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Bear Claws,
    BBQ Guru,, 10 CFM
    Batteries, Spare, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Beer Opener, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Billy Bar,
    Brushes, Basting, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Bottle Opener/Corkscrews, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Butcher Twine
    Camera, Digital
    Ceramic Dome Cover
    Ceramic Feet
    Chairs, Comfortable
    Champagne & Wine Stoppers, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Citronella Candles
    Containers, Large Plastic For Storage
    Cookbooks, Drbbq,
    Cutting Boards
    Daisy Wheel Cover
    Dish Rags/Soap
    Duct Tapenade
    Dutch Oven, 5 Qt Small, 5 or 7 Qt for Large
    Extension Cord
    Fire Extinguisher, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Fire Starter, Chimney
    Fire Starter, Cubes
    Fire Starter, Electric
    Fire Starter, Torch, MAPP
    First Aid Kit, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Flower Pots, Clay For Bread
    Fork, Large, J Appledog, 06/20.07
    Food Saver & Bags
    Gasket, Extra, High Heat
    Gloves, Orka Silicon Mitt/Welders Leather
    Gloves, Rubber/Food Handler Safety, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Grate, Cast Iron Cooking
    Grate, Eggcessories, TJV,
    Grate Extender
    Grate Mates, For Small, Chubby
    Grater, Cheese
    Grid, Cast Iron
    Grid Cleaning Tool, Billy Bar
    Grid Lifter
    Grill Light, If you do not have lights in cooking area
    Grill Topper, Disposable, 13" Round, Oscarware, ($.94) Wally World
    Hand Cleaner, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Hole-e Smokes Silicon Mats,
    Ice Chest
    Injector, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    JB Weld, For Ceramic Repairs
    Knife Sharpener, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Knives, Good Set
    Lawn Chairs
    Lawn Ranger Tools,
    Light, Head, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Light, Flashlight
    Light, Table
    Matches, Cigarette Lighter
    Meat Slicer
    Meat Grinder
    Pan, Cast Iron
    Paper Plates/Towels- Plastic Utensils
    Paper, Toilet, Several Rolls depending on Situation
    Pepper/Salt, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Pizza Baking Stone
    Pizza Peel
    Plank, Cedar, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Plate Setter
    Pot, Cataplana
    Q-Tips, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Rain Cap
    Recipe Database Manager, Living Cookbook,
    Rack, Extended
    Rib Rack
    Rubber Bands, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Salt/Pepper, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Screen, Safety
    Sharpie Marker
    Sink, Kitchen Type, Hank, 06/04/07
    Spatula, Rubber, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Spring Hinge
    Spoon, Wooden, J Appledog, 06/20.07
    Sugar, Brown, White, Turbindo, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Thermometer, Dome
    Thermometer, Meat
    Thermometer, Polder/Mavrick, Remote Read
    Thermometer, Thermapen, Instant Read
    Tongs, OXO, Extra Long
    Tool, Leatherman Type, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Toothpicks, J Appledog, 06/20.07
    Towels, Dish/Paper, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Weed Burner
    Wet Wiper
    Wire Brush
    Wok & Wok Ring, Sandbagger
    Wood Chips, Various Flavors: Apple, Cherry, Mesquite, Oak, Etc.
    Ziplocs, Various Sizes, J Appledog, 06/20/07
    Woody Wiggle Rod, Thirdeye, 06/04/07

    1 My BGE pack included an ash tool and grid lifter, which are not just important, but practically indispensable, so I'll just assume that those are already there, along with the daisy wheel cover, dome thermometer, spring hinge, ceramic feet, and (maybe even) nest
    2 I've had my Large for a few years now, and when my brother and I got my Dad his for Christmas, the "essential extras" I knew to get were: The tables (Eggmates?) - really, I HATED using a big table, and these fold down, are handy, etc. V-rack for roasts, poultry, etc. - I hardly ever use it for ribs, but there is so much else that it's good for ...
    3 Plate setter - this should be part of the standard-issue Egg; it's indispensable, OXO tongs - the extra-long kind; Raised grid - the parts in stanless + a smaller Weber replacement grill add up to just a bit less than the BGE version (but it folds, IIRC) nice, but luxuries:
    4 Polder/Maverick, etc. thermometer with cabled probe (some will argue about the "luxury" part, but a good quick-read thermometer should already be in your kitchen drawer - if not, this goes to "essential")
    5 Pizza stone; pizza's great from the Egg, but I find making pizza a HUGE hassle, and not as fun/relaxing as most other stuff; "Orka" silicon mitt - it *does* look like a predator, but it also works very well; See if your dealer will also throw in an extra gasket set, which you may need in 6 weeks or 6 years, but you *will* need it eventually.
    6 my list also includes an ice chest for beer (so I can stay outside when The Egg coming up to temp), and outdoor speakers, but that's just me
    1 I find the ash removal tool handy
    1 Be sure to get the grid lifter, beyond that, the plate setter, elevated grid extender, MAPP torch, and Thermapen, are items I use on most cooks. -RP
    1 I find a wireless probe thermometer for monitoring the internal meat temps to be very important. Also, with the egg I do a ton of indirect cooks. The plate setter works GREAT for that, some people use firebricks, I hear that works well also. That to me is the most important, but I eventually bought and do use everything on your list.
    Bordello, 04/01/06
    1 Your egg should come with rain cap, daisy slide wheel top,thermometer,firebox,metal grate to put the lump charcoal on,fire ring, porcelain cooking grid and 3 ceramic feet.
    2 You should also purchase an ash tool, grid lifter and a plate setter. There are many other things we have and like but this list will have you in good starting shape. I would add a remote dual probe polder type thermometer for convenience.
    3 Be careful if buying from Barbeque's Galore as they tend to sell the egg a la carte, extra for the daisy wheel slide top,thermometer. So compare price as to what comes with the egg package. Good Luck, Bordello
    Smoke and Beers, 04/01/06
    1 Unless you want to break the bank you certainly don't need a TON of accessories at the beginning. Decide if you're going to put the BGE in a nest or table. You've probably already thought of that. Once that's done the things you'll need RIGHT away.
    2 Ash tool, Grate lifter (I've used the ash tool for this as well), Wire Brush, A V-rack, Polder if you're doing slow and low's.
    3 That's all I started with other than lump, wood chunks, and some good BBQ cookbooks some 6+ years ago. I made pork shoulder and brisket back then by using the VRack over an aluminum drip pan and picking up smaller boneless pork butts and only doing smaller or cut brisket flats. I also made ribs the same with by inverting the Vrack and using it as a rib rack.
    4 The next accessories I wouldn't want to live without would be: Plate setter. These make any sort of indirect so much easier. Thermapen - They're just so much faster than any other meat thermometer, although you could use a polder just as fine on a budget. I used to up until last Christmas.
    5 Every accessory Richard mentioned will make your life incrementally easier and your food a bit better. You will probably pick up many of them as you spend more time as an Egger, check out the pics and posts and figure out the 'gotta have' items for you.
    6 You're going to have a LOT of fun starting out in Eggdom! Todd
    BabyBoomBBQ, 04/24/06
    1 BabyBoomBBQ’s list of useful Big Green Egg related stuff to clutter your home.
    Clutter for your egging area
    1 A plate setter, Ash Tool, A metal pail for ashes.A solution for filtering fresh or left over lump. (I use my Weber for shifting fresh lump.) Good set of 14" plus tongs (or a complete set of Lawn Ranger tools.) A stainless steel grid cleaning brush. Grid lifting solution. (I use my ash tool or the hook on the cleaning brush.) Welder or pipe fitter Gloves. A second set of lightweight workmen’s gloves. Pizza Stone, A Maverick Redicheck Smoker wireless thermometer. Extra garbage can to store lump and smoke generators. Lump lighting solution: An electric starter, MAP gas torch with a hose, a weed burner or a chimney starter (makes a bunch of smoke). I use MAP or the electric starter most of the time. A power draft solution for long cooks. I use a BBQ Guru. or 4 firebrick "splits" for creative direct/ indirect set ups. A cast iron Grate and a raised grate solution. (Many ways to raise a grid.) Collection of smoke generators: woods, vines, whiskey and/or wine barrel chips, dried herb stems or what ever. Wet ones for cleaning hands. Clorox or similar sanitizing wipes. Clean thermometer probes, let it dry and push into meat to reduce chance of dirty probe introducing bacteria. Fire Extinguisher. (Trying to be complete here.)
    Clutter for your kitchen
    1 Cutting boards: thick and thin foldable plastic and an end grain that’s at least 3" thick. Surgical gloves. Large food processor with multiple blades. Good quality high-powered blender. (Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville!) Dedicated coffee grinder for peppers herbs and spices. A mortar and pestle or Molcajete for things the grinder isn’t suited to. A big roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil and film 905 (heavy duty plastic wrap). A roasting rack that can be used as a rib rack. A roasting pan, for turkeys and chickens, large enough to fit your egg size. A BBQ "mop" and a basting brush. Spray-on canola and/or peanut oil.vTable top slicer for cheese, hams, turkey and roast beef. Spray bottle for food only use Set of good knives including an Electric Knife. Aluminum ½ and ¼ commercial baking sheets. (I suggest two each size minimum.) A Foodsaver or other vacuum storage device. One and two gallon Ziploc bags. A Thermapen. Some good commercial rubs and sauces to play with. I use Dizzy Pig,, John Henry’s, Emril’s, Gate's, Sweet Baby Ray's and Bone Suckin' sauce to name a few. Fire Extinguisher. (Yes, have two at least! I watched a house burn down because the owner did not have one.)
    More stuff to clutter your home
    1 A digital camera so you can post pictures of your food. An 18-quart electric roaster oven, Nesco for example, with Buffet Server for keeping BBQ hot during parties. (I use my wireless thermometer to monitor the meat temperature.) Metal skewers, ideally dual prong. (I have a self-turning kabob device that I have not tried on the BGE yet. Not sure how I’d set it up.) A KitchenAid mixer with grinder attachment. If you like sausage in casings, add the sausage stuffer attachment. A source of tried and true recipes: good cookbooks (ex Dr. BBQ), magazines websites and on line forums Pizza peel. If you get the wood ones, get two peels so you can recover from one breaking during a pizza cook. Wire mesh cookie cooling rack for resting pizzas without a soggy crust.
    2 A multiple subject notebook book for making notes. Use one section per meat type or what ever makes sense to you. (To be open about it, I’m still not this organized. I have one, but there’s only one page of sausage notes in it. But it is a really good idea!) A cooler or two large enough to rest butts and full briskets. Oh yea, they have other uses too. A cooler or two large enough to rest butts and full briskets. Oh yea, they have other uses too. )
    J Appledog, 06/20/07:
    1 We have a "barbecue box" that we take with us to the cottage, grilling parties & events, catering work, barbecue competitions or road trips. We were at a campground near Indy for F1 last weekend and I discovered that some things had not been put back in the box after they were last used, like Kosher salt & a lighter and one mitt. I decided to make a list of its contents (not to be confused with a competition checklist, which I'm also happy to share) so that it wouldn't happen again. With a tire rim, a grill grate, some charcoal & a quick trip to the grocery store, we were able to create a spur of the moment, delicious dinner for seven (hors d'oeuvres + asparagus rafts, marinated pork tenderloin, applesauce, Texas toast & a salad with some lovely wines) at the KOA. We couldn't have done it without a few tools.
    2 Richard Howe- Her list is incorperated into the master list.
    1 Wondering about eggfests, here are a couple suggestions from my experiences.
    2 Don’t cook all day. You’ll pick your head up just in time to see everyone leave.
    3 Unless you have an unusual offering, don’t plan to feed a battalion. You’ll end up begging folks to take food.
    4 Food goes faster early than late in the day. Folks arrive hungry, eat and get full… the typical bbq goodies served late may be a hard give away.
    5 The best way to offer food is to get in the crowd and starting serving. So preplan your food delivery process, including a clean way for folks to handle the food.
    6 Arrive early; best time to have a relaxed conversation with someone is before the action starts.
    7 You’re not going to “Let’s make a Deal” so no need to bring your entire kitchen. Half the fun is borrowing something, gives you a reason to meet and talk.
    8 Wear your name tag with actual and forum name. Big letters are easy to read in a crowd. Remember, most folks only know your forum name.
    9 Walk around and don’t be afraid to stick your nose in a group and say hello. We all have the same thing in common. Don’t know what to say, how about…….whatcha cooking?
    10 Team up in small groups. It just makes life easier with supplies, cooking, handing food out and clean up. Don’t know anyone, find someone. It can be as easy as two neighbors pulling tables a little closer together.
    11 If you really want to meet certain folks, make a list prior. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget.
    12 Be respectful of the moment….if you can’t say or do it in front of your mom, chances are it won’t fly at the fest.
    13 If there is a special item you want to try, track it like a dog on a scent. Chances are if your interested others are too and it could be here and gone in a flash.
    14 Enjoy the day, relax and have fun. Remember to thank those who sponsored and organized the event. Without them, you would not be there.

    Recipe Type

    Recipe Source
    Author: JQuinn, And Many Other Fine EGGERS

    Source: BGE Forum, JQuinn, 2006/03/18
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,092
    That is what my eggfest list looks like too Richard. The bad part is when I get there I have so much stuff I can't find anything...ask Rod. He heard Ginny fuss at me in Ocala about having too much stuff...LOL

    I almost forgot to put the eggs in the breakfast pizza recipe.... :whistle:

    Us Kim's have great minds Kim that is why you were going to post those items.... :cheer:
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I always bring a big pump bottle of hand sanitizer too.

    And beer. Lots and lots of beer.
  • What kind of sanitary wipes?
  • SallybSallyb Posts: 30
    Charcoal and starters are provided.
  • RollocksRollocks Posts: 570
    beer and a bottle opener!
  • JeevesJeeves Posts: 461
    Take it from there - an EggCruise!
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    No time to read the whole thread....don't forget rubber gloves for food prep and serving, and wet naps for the hands when not dirty enough to justify a trip to the rest room. Clorox wipes help for a quick board clean up as well. Have LOTS of paper towels! :woohoo: :whistle: Trust me! What you don't use, your neighbors will!! :ermm: :whistle:
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