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It’s almost Halloween and if you’re cooking on your EGG, you may end up with more people knocking on your door asking for pork chops than candy! In case you’re willing to share and want to please a crowd, we recommend warm Margherita Pizza, FGL’s Lemon Pepper Wings or our favorite, S’mores in a Cone!

If you missed the 17th Annual EGGtoberfest here are the highlights Click Here Fall is upon us, and it's a great time for getting out to one of the many #EGGfests around the country - see a list here

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Check this out for Mini ideas. Spring "Mini Makes Good" Chicken Spring Texas USA


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  • Re: how to use the BGE folding grate

    I haven't used my Grid Extender in years, but I know where it is and how to use it (properly).  It dates back to when there were only about three accessories available from BGE.  But creative Eggheads came up with a few good ideas, some marketable and some easily made at home. 

    Fire Bricks (splits) were very popular when I became an Egghead, and the Plate Setter was not a BGE invention at all, but part of what is called Kiln Furniture in the ceramics industry.  It was a long time before BGE decided to make their own version of it. 

    I also remember Chubby's entry into the EGGcessory World - his Grate Mates.  I still use mine on my Small Egg, the only size Egg they fit.  Apparently, he made his millions from it and retired to the good life of touring Bourbon distilleries and Winery's. 

    Then TJV came along and took some good ideas and made them better, then even better, then even better.  By then, BGE finally saw the light and started designing their own versions of some of those ideas. 

    Eggheads coming aboard now have a wide range of EGGcessories to select from.  But I'm betting the original Grid Extender is not among them, except on rare occasions. I still like it.

    Aaaaaaa.... Remembering The Good Old Days.

    Spring "Grids - Stack 'em If You've Got 'em" Chicken

    Spring Texas USA

  • Re: Mini Max at Eggtoberfest

    Hey Crimsongator, thanks for the numbers.  It will fit under my cover by at least two inches.  More if I took out the bed-slid I built for the back of the truck.  That's perfect.  So all I have to do now is attend Eggfests where the Mini-Max is a door prize.  Or I suppose I could win the Lottery.  Or I could ........... I must be getting old - I can't even think up ways to come up with a measly $500.  At least, legally...

  • The First Jefferson Eggfest Is Done

    It was very wet and only a few Tasters actually came to the first Jefferson Eggfest, but everyone agreed that it was worth it. We had fun and learned a lot. Now those who do the planning will know what to expect next year.

    And yes, there will be a next year. October 10th, 2015. And probably in the same location. Hopefully, next year the weather will be a little drier.

    As usual, Morrison Supply Company came prepared to host a first class Eggfest. They certainly did that and more. Their team not only sponsored the Meet and Greet on Friday, they provided all the Eggs, tents, and tables. And in spite of the heavy rain, they had everything in place early this morning for us Cooks. All we had to do was load the Egg and fire it up.

    Meanwhile, the Morrison Cook team kept exciting and delicious food coming all day from their own Cook Tent. Those people mean business when it comes to promoting a product.

    Most of those who did drop by the Eggfest were locals, and they seemed to have really enjoyed themselves. They genuinely appreciated our efforts to help support the Library and said so more than once as they made their way around to the Cook Tents, sometimes a second or third time. The look on their faces was priceless when they tried the various samples - first surprise, and then obvious enjoyment, often followed by, "It's absolutely delicious! How did you make this?"

    Naturally, as Eggheads, we answered all questions, shared recipes and convinced them that the Big Green Egg was the best cooker on the planet. It was not surprising that a number of them purchased Eggs on the spot.

    I'll be putting the photos in order and probably making some sort of movie after we return home. But until then, mark your calendar for October 10, 2015 to attend the Second Annual Jefferson Eggfest.

    Spring "Another One In The Books" Chicken
    Jefferson Texas USA
  • Re: Finally Tried My New Looftlighter

    For those of you complementing my attire, it's a Moo Moo.  Not to be confused with a night shirt, a Moo Moo fits more comfortable and loose.  And my Sweetie made this one for me.  I'm not going to say how I started wearing them or when because it was a long, long time ago, and I'm old enough not to remember certain things.  But as casual clothing goes here at the Chicken Ranch, it suits me just fine.  No, I don't hide or go change if a neighbor drops by.  It's my life and I'll live it like I want.

    As for the comments about the Coop.  Thank you.  It's a long story which I will try to make even longer if you're up to reading it.

    Remember the Movie with Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, "Best Little Whorehouse In Texas?"

    Well, that was a true story about a house of some repute in LaGrange, Texas, just west of Houston.  It had been there since he 1800's and had a fine reputation for providing services at a reasonable price, even during the depression.  No one had any money but some had chickens and would pay for services with chickens.  And it wasn't long before it had a thriving chicken business in addition to it's primary business.  And it became known far and wide as the Chicken Ranch.

    Marvin Zindler, an up and coming news man at Channel 13, took it upon himself to put the sinful Chicken Ranch out of business.  It took a while and touched many levels of local and state government (keep in mind that most of those holding any level of political office probably went to college at Texas A&M or the University of Texas, both a reasonable drive away from the Chicken Ranch), so Marvin was dealing with people in power who, let's just say, 'Got their start' at the Chicken Ranch.

    Eventually Marvin won and the 'Girls' were sent packing.  The old house was moved to somewhere in Dallas and tried to make it as a restaurant, but didn't and that pretty much ended the Chicken Ranch story.

    That is until we came along. 

    The first thing I cooked on my Egg back in 1999 was chicken.  We live in Spring, Texas, so Spring Chicken was a natural for my Big Green Egg handle.  And my Sweetie became Spring Hen.  So we started calling our little .40 acre plot, the Chicken Ranch, for no other reason than to keep the legend alive.

    Soon after I got a second Egg, I naturally had to name them.  So the first one became Lily Large and the second one became Shirley Small.  We've since added Maggie Mini and Lulu Large. 

    Meanwhile, we went from cooking on the ground to cooking on a table and finally decided to build an outdoor kitchen, which we call the Chicken Coop.  It's wired for hot and cold, electricity, and equipped with a full-size refrigerator, lots of cabinets, and chandeliers.  I also wired in a "Girls Working" or "Girls Not Working" light over the door.  Yes, it's red.

    Along the way, people started sending chicken stuff to us.  The collection grew to be quite large and colorful.  I wrote a few stories about the characters who make up the Chicken Ranch.  I'm told the stories are legend.

    The Chicken Ranch story was included in a segment on CNN five or six years ago, complete with our pictures and some photos and videos I provided to them.  When the segment aired, we just happened to be in Alaska on a cruise but we have the link to the hard copy.  Here it is if you care to take a look:

    Meanwhile, if you would like a tour of the Coop, you can go here:

    I hope you enjoy it.  We sure do.

    Spring "There's Never An End To Enjoying Life Until The End" Chicken


  • Re: Show us your Cookin Spot

    Here's mine...

    Spring "It's A Long Story" Chicken

    Spring Texas USA