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We hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend and is excited for more warm weather grilling! This week, we’ll be making these two burgers: Stuffed Portobello Mushroom and Caribbean Chicken, and also eating lots of these Ice Cream Sandwiches in honor of National Ice Cream Month! It's time to think about getting out to one of the many #EGGfests around the country - see a list here

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  • PS: I also 'think' the KJ and BGE warranties are the same but not 100% sure on that. All things said, I love my Mini more than my KJ - but just because it's a better size for the two of us, and I can get it up to temp MUCH faster than the big honki…
  • JNJGoeders said:   "I am holding out for the MiniMax for two reasons...2) The quality of the ceramic.  I did a TON of research before I purchased my egg.  I looked at every kamado I could find and compared them.  BGE has the best quality c…
  • tncrna said: Newbie on this forum, BGE LG for one year. 3 or 4 pages crumpled newspapers, placed in the bottom of a weber chimney, new chunks of natural lump charcoal in chimney, chimney into the egg, on top of whatever leftover charcoal is s…
  • Thanks, guys.  Could you explain the paper towel and veggie oil again to me?  I've read so many variations of it I'm not sure if you crumple up the towel, twist it, where you lay it, how much to use, etc, etc.
  • I use an electric lighter from Grill Dome that's a higher wattage and heavier duty than most.. http://www.amazon.com/Grill-Dome-Rapid-Lite-600-Watt-Electric/dp/B004JF60SI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1403981289&sr=8-2&keywords=electric+charco…
  • GK59 said: SmokyBear. Where you stay in MI? Detroit suburbs..not too far from you in Bay City..
    in I give up. Comment by SmokyBear June 27
  • Just paid $1.99 (on sale) for Pork Shoulder Butt at Kroger in SE Michigan. Brisket is $4-5+ here last time I looked (not recently).
    in I give up. Comment by SmokyBear June 27
  • I cooked THE most awesome stuffed pork chops ever on my Mini the other day.. Started with 1 1/4'' thick cut chops - just around one pound (!) each, sliced down the middle for stuffing. They were so good (literally the best I've ever had) that I wr…
  • That's awesome!  Thanks!  Gonna order a pair today.
  • Thx..my Mini BGE does have the spark shield..it's the KJ Jr that doesn't. I just keep the spark shield open when starting the Mini.  Maybe I'm just doing it wrong and can close the draft door spark screen while starting up?
  • I do pizza with only a stone - raised high in the dome using CGS Adjustable Rig at the top / highest setting. Turns out GREAT!
  • Re: startup time - I want to minimize (ideally 5 minutes or less) the time I need to leave the draft door open, as I watch it the whole time.  And, crazy as this sounds - yes, with my current gig (where I get free MINUTES per week, an extra 5-10 min…
  • Hey, guys..thanks for all the comments and suggestions.. SWMBO and I are going to retire "shortly", so cost of food prep (lump in this case) is something to take into account in the budget. I see the Egg as a one time purchase, and lump as a "ever…
  • nealcr1 said: I've had my medium for 9 years and just got a large, but the medium I feel is the best for a 2 person cook. Very noticeable how much less charcoal it uses than my large. Thanks..aside from the greater versatility of the Me…
  • I dunno..we have pretty awesome leftover pulled pork..just freeze, Vac Pac and re-heat in a saucepan with a little apple juice and sauce. SWMBO swears it's just as good if not better than fresh off the smoker.
  • PNWFoodie said: If you don't mind venturing to the dark side again, why not the KJ Jr.? At least until the mini-max comes out. You'd have the real estate of the small, the portability of the Jr., and the included extras as a bene. Just my opi…
  • Yeah, the MiniMax looks great and would provide the same size grid (13'') as the Small as I understand it.. The only downside is it's too close to a Mini..and SWMBO would say something along the lines of "why do we need two that are so close?" At …
  • Thx..I already have the equivalent of a Large BGE ("red headed stepchild" ie Kamado Joe [KJ]).  Very nice piece of gear and a lot of things I like about it over BGE..it's just too big for the two of us for "most" meals, just like a LBGE would be..
  • Thx..I've read good things about the MBGE and did think about that originally, but it's not much smaller than the KJ/LBGE and one of the main reasons I want a third "egg" is that the KJ is already (much) too big to cook for two, and the mini is too …
  • Tspud1 said:   OutdoorKitchen are made in the USA. If you try to get a group purchase from China, you would have to get a container load and it would have to come to a port in US and then each table would have to be sent on to buyer. That…
  • I'm in the Detroit area.
  • pantsypants said: I do but honestly its not worth the hassle for me . I ordered the Southern Specialties table , its definitely a lot of money but I got a great deal on it . I'd be interested in any sources for vendors offering great deal…
  • Wolfpack said: @Tspud1‌ I have been looking at the same table- I think most of these are imported from China. Would be nice to get a group buy tighter to hit the min requirement. Price should be less than 1/2. I traded some emails with one o…
  • Nice CI grid!  Where'd you get that?
  • Really interested in the Mini-Max since my Mini BGE is great - BUT the grid is too small (at 10'')..those extra 3 inches in a small or Mini Max sure would make for the "perfect" grill for the 2 of us.. I'd consider the KJ Jr, but no spark screen is…
    in Mini Max?? Comment by SmokyBear June 16
  • Seems bizarre to release it AFTER the start of grilling season.. Lots of people buying grills at this point (or have bought already) for the summer, and BGE is missing the boat holding the release of this little guy back.
    in Mini Max?? Comment by SmokyBear June 16
  • That may just be the best brisket I've ever seen. Tips?
  • Seems like BGE is doing what a lot of big companies have done the last 5 or so years - cutting corners wherever possible to maximize profit.  NO IDEA if this applies to the ceramics or not, but.. The plastic handle and plastic side tables were the …
    in Reliability Comment by SmokyBear June 8
  • That's AWESOME!  I take the lump from the last cook out before grilling every time so that I can vacuum the ash out of the firebox. Frankly, it's a PITA - I put on some vinyl gloves, "scoop" up the lump with my hands, put it on a plate on a side tab…
  • Thanks much, guys..good comments and advice all around. What temp SHOULD I have cooked these puppies at?  And for how long? I agree on the "bad cut of meat" comment..I did buy these at a high end / foofy market but doesn't mean they used good beef…