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FAQ - Tips & Helpful Information

Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
edited 12:46PM in EggHead Forum
For you new eggers, congratulations and welcome to the forum.

When I got my first egg it took me a while to find the 'stuff’ discussed here on the forum. What follows below are posts and sites that help me getting to know and use my BGE(s) better. You will find links to some of the posts, member sites with great information, recipes and toys/accessories for the egg. This is just a starting point and quick reference to help you on your egg'n adventure. Welcome and congratulations with your egg.

Feel free to copy or bookmark this post/page for future reference.

Where to begin:
. Make sure you read the manual
. Watch the video provided with your new egg
. Calibrate your dome thermometer. Instructions are included with the egg.

Now, it's time to 'mouse around', enjoy while visiting these sites:

- BGE Headquarters - The Mother Ship Home Page
- New stuff from BGE - What's new from BGE
- The Egg Components What everything in & on the egg is called

- Recipes - BGE HQ Recipes
- Recipes - Forum Recipes
- Boiling Point Calculator - From the Forum

Quick Tip - (on or off the egg) For great tasting food, cook food to temperature and use time as a reference.

- A Cut Above - Cuts of Beef, Pork, Lamb ~ De-bone Trout & Salmon ~ Discussion & Visuals
- When is the food done - Food Cooking Temperatures
- USDA Is My Food Safe - How Temperatures Affect Food

- USDA Cold Storage - Freezing and Food Safety
- USDA - Safe Food Handling Fact Sheets
- Thermometers - Pit Probe Placement

- Egg Temperatures - Visual Guide to Vent Settings & Clear Smoke
- A visual guide to - Good & Bad Smoke
- One of many ways to light the lump - Paper Towel & Oil
- Information regarding - Smoking Woods

- How to post a picture on the forum - Using Photobucket - Visual Guide
- How to post a slideshow on the forum - Using Photobucket - Visual Guide
- What is Flashback (important) - Understanding Flashback

A few personal favorite cooks I have found to be easy, fun and result in some darn good eats:
- Chicken & Veggies
- Pot Roast in Dutch Oven
- Pork Char Sui
- Pulled Pork, Shoulders (Butt and Picnic)

Quick Tip - How much meat should I buy to feed Pulled Pork for a group of people. Take the number of people eating and divide by 2.4

- Prime Rib
- Buckboard Bacon
- Pastrami
- Chili Verde
- Mad Max Turkey & Gravy

Forum member sites, good places to spend some, you will find a wealth of knowledge being shared:
- Thirdeye - Recipe Section
- Thirdeye - Thirdeye Front Page Don't pass up the other BBQ/Smoking help on the site.
- Wess B - Recipes, Tips & Fest Cookbooks
- Nakedwiz - Lump Database, Recipes & Tips

Most forum members will advise to get an instant read thermometer. The Thermopen is a well worth investment, don't settle for lookalikes. The MTC is also an good thermometer, pick up the thin fast reading probe. Both are fast reading and extremely accurate.
- Thermoworks - Fast Read Thermapen
- Thermoworks - MTC Mini Handheld (get the 2 sec read probe)
- Maverick Redi Check - ET-73 (abt. $40 online) Pit & Food probes with remote & alarms

Tools, Toys and Must Have's:
Some forum members who offer Tools & Accessories, you will also find recipes and tips at some of these sites - take time to look and learn:

- Thirdeye - ThirdHand Grid Lift, Wiggle Rods, Micro Adjuster and ThirdFinger
- Ceramic Grills Store, Egg Accessories - One of my favorites, the Adjustable Rig & Spider
- Dizzy Pig Rubs - (DP) Rubs
- Chubby's accessories for the small egg - Grill Mates
- Lawn Ranger - Custom Handles and Tools
- Big'un - Carnivore BBQ Sauce

Enjoy, GG


  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Thank you for taking the time to put this together. It has been very very helpful :)

  • BrokersmokerBrokersmoker Posts: 646
    Thanks GG, this is some great stuff for both the new and experienced Egger!
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    Thanks for posting GG. I sure wish they would just make this a sticky. I refer a lot of people to it and it has helped many more. Thanks again.


  • ResQueResQue Posts: 1,045
    This most definitely needs to be a sticky or make a new "FAQ" forum.
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    I agree. This needs to be a sticky! How can we make this happen? Thanks for the post.
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,532
    Hi, Admin,

    Let me 2nd GB's suggestion that GG's compendium should be stickied.

    also, start a thread called "Help! My Fire Went Out!" and gather a batch of replies that point to the numerous replies to this early A.M. dilemma.
  • GrumpaGrumpa Posts: 861
    These are great set Kent... Thanks!
  • tomotomo Posts: 78
    I bookmarked this some time ago sent it to my sons. It is very useful. Thank you for putting in the time and effort for us.....tom
  • DenbbqDenbbq Posts: 84
    Great help! Just sent it to my son for his new large.
  • RiverFarmRiverFarm Posts: 216
    Thanks for the clear labelling of the FAQs! Now maybe this will come up in a search more easily.

    Any FAQs on replacing gaskets? We don't need to yet but it's always good to be prepared.

    Thanks again!
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