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Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
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Please make sure you calibrate your thermometer(s).

Congratulations on your eggs and welcome to the forum.

Stop with all the practice firings and get cooking. The egg is no mystery it is a very forgiving cooking machine.

If you are intimidated put on some chicken or burgers or heck just brats, heck even some grilled tuna or grilled cheese sandwiches are even great.

Grilled Tuna on the mini (works on any egg).
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Some stuffed peppers.
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Brats
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Again, welcome to the forum.

GG
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  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,337
    Good tip Grandpa. We calibrate all 6 of our eggs' thermometers every time we compete. The thermometers are of a good quality, but they need adjustment from time to time. I always check in boiling water if I am cooking expensive meat, committing to a long cook, or going for prize money. Or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first ;-)

    Welcome to all new eggers!
    Happy 2010
    Chris
    DizzyPigBBQ.com
    Twitter: @dizzypigbbq
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  • Chris,

    I was going to do that right after Thanksgiving. Forgot :S and I had to use thermapens on 3 eggs for Christmas.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • I did the boiling water test on my BGE dome thermometer and it read 190°. I didn't see any dial that I could crank it up to 212° Do I just remember that it's 22° hotter than it shows?

    Thanks.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,768
    You go to The Naked Whiz's and read all about it..
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  • Gary,

    There is a nut on the back of the thermometer sort of around the probe. Just take a wrench and turn it against the display a little at a time till you hit 212 or whatever your boiling point is.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • On the back of the thermo there is a 1/2" hex nut. Hold the dial steady and twist the nut until it reads 100 C in boiling water.
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  • I can handle that ! :)
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  •  
    I just tested mine before I posted. All 4 were off a little 2 were off 30°.

    A light to medium coat of Raging River on the Christmas ham which was injected with maple and sitting on 1/2 can of concentrated orange juice turned out to be one of the best hams in 4 years.

    I was going to toss those drippings but the combination of the OJ, RR and Maple was something else.

    Sometimes the flavors of the rubs, food and work of the egg is just fantastic.

    Chris, thanks to you and the crew at DP for some good stuff.

    Kent
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  • Mike, 7/16" down here, 11 mm for those that don't like fractions. :) :)

    Kent
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  • Many times I do the boiling water test it doesn't work...be careful!

    I take my thermapen to check the boiling water after I put it in something to check the egg thermo.

    Many times the thermapen (which i trust) will read 198 and if I had adjusted the egg to 210 i would overshoot the adjustment by too much!
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  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,768
    Sounds like you are well above sea level. You have to adjust for elevation when you are doing the boiling water test.
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    Interesting. Your thermopen should not be more than 1 to 2 degrees off. Altitude difference is about -0.5° for every 500' elevation.

    I get a pan at a rolling boil and test the thermometers and adjust as necessary. Recheck and reajust if necessary.

    However, + or - 15° off on the dome thermometer isn't really too big a deal.

    GG
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  • Do you really think a 12 degree difference would make or break a cook? Just wondering.
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  • Thanks for the correction Kent. I keep two wrenches out by the Eggs. One 1/2" and one 7/16". I knew it was one of those two sizes, and I just chose the wrong one. Thanks for heads up.
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  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,337
    Thanks Kent. Wow, the OJ sounds good, and I would not have thought about that flavor combo. Injected maple syrup?? Yep. Sounds good :-)

    We'll keep grinding it fresh. Much appreciate the nice comments.
    Chris

    PS, my wife and kids are not big into ham, but I love it. I'll start keeping my eyes peeled at the grocery store. Thanks again Kent.
    DizzyPigBBQ.com
    Twitter: @dizzypigbbq
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    Just josh'n ya my friend.

    Kent
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    8oz in a 10# spiral cut.

    Kent
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  • I really am glad you caught it, I don't like giving out wrong info, and hope anyone will correct me if I'm wrong.
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  • Thank you soooo much for the support and saying it's forgiving! Yes, I am SOOOOO intimidated!! Also doesn't help that we have 5 inches of snow on the ground and it's 20 freakin' degrees!
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