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Smoked my first Flat Brisket Sunday.  Brined it Saturday in a store bought brine mix.  Put it on at 10am at 275.  By 4:00pm it was in the 190 range but still a little tough (toothpick test).  Took it off and foiled it with a cup of water.  By 5:30pm it was as tender as butter.  Took it in, let it set for an hour and then proceeded to slice and eat.  WOW!  All I can say is that it was awesome!!


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  • Re: First cook on Himalayan pink salt block. Scallops and zucchini.

    Looks like an awesome cook!  I bought a block two years ago (Amazon) of all places.  It arrived with a small chip out of a corner.  I contacted Amazon and they told me I couldn't return it because it was considered a food product.  So they just told me to keep it and credited me my money back!!

    As JRWhitee commented, bring it up slow but hot!  I like mine at least 450-500 for a nice sear on the scallops.  Use the drop of water test.  If it sizzles up and evaporates it's ready!  FYI, a thin coat of Olive Oil will keep the scallops from sticking.  Also, thin sliced flank steak marinated in a little Thousand Island and then thrown on to medium rare.......Awesome!!

  • Re: Awesome beef jerky

    Yea it's a little pricey to say the least.  I might try pork next round.

  • Awesome beef jerky

    Getting ready for a Houseboat vacation in a couple weeks so I made two batches of beef jerky on my XL.  Bought 8lbs. of bottom round from our local Sam's club and trimmed the fat cap off.  Then sliced it about 1/8".  Marinated two batches overnight.  One in Backwoods Cajun and one in Traditional Jerky. Set up a medium size pile of lump in the center of the XL (to help keep control the heat) and set the BBQ Guru for 170.  Five hours later (each 4lb. batch) I had 2lbs of awesome jerky!  Here's a pic of my setup.

  • Re: Warranty Replacement... ugh

    Just had my dealer out to the house (yesterday) and they replaced the cracked based on my XL.  Three guys and a 1/2 hour later I'm ready to cook!!  They were awesome and it was all done under warranty.  All BGE asked for was a couple pics emailed to them.  Less than a week later and I'm back in business.  Ace Hardware in Farmington, MN is AWESOME!!!!
  • Re: Broken XXL! :(

    Well it's official.  My local dealer said that BGE covered the parts and they are coming out this week to install them for me!  Awesome support and testament to why I pay a little more for the best!
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