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Our new hobby iS our new BGE. We really are neohytes to grilling. What is the best way to learn?

We are in our 70’s so we need to learn quickly.  Living on borrowed time.
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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,457
    Welcome brother, y'all are in for some fun!  Peruse this forum, check out Thenakedwiz site and bbqbrethren.  All you need is here.  If you have a question, ask it here and you'll get at least one opinion, if not four.  Most are correct.  Have fun and always burp your egg.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • That's awesome. We are right here for you. Ask away.
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • chuckytheeggheadchuckytheegghead Posts: 1,178
    Welcome aboard. Lots of information on here. 
  • and you are not alone on here or in the greater egg community.  Lots of 70-plussers on here and pretty active on the fest circuit too. You have found a good spot. where are you from?


    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 587
    Get to it and do it. Best way to learn.
    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
  • GregWGregW Posts: 1,718
    The only advice I can offer:


    Beware the flashback.
    Birmingham, AL
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,160
    A ceramic cooker is not really grilling, you have launched into something more sophisticated.  I recommend working your way up with simple cooks so you get the hang of temperature control and cooking with the dome closed.  If you're looking, your not cooking.  You can find lots of potential cooks just surfing here.  If you want to start the lust for fancier stuff get Charcuterie by Mike Rhulman.  Any of us would be happy for PMs if you have questions that you don't just want to throw out there, we are a friendly group.  Welcome aboard.
     

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

  • DobieDobie Posts: 2,366
    You found the source, ask away before its too late  =)
    Not playing well with others in Jacksonville FL
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,160

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

  • AcnAcn Posts: 2,529
    bgebrent said:
    Welcome brother, y'all are in for some fun!  Peruse this forum, check out Thenakedwiz site and bbqbrethren.  All you need is here.  If you have a question, ask it here and you'll get at least one opinion, if not four.  Most are correct.  Have fun and always burp your egg.
    Not related to anything else, but I'm glad to see that you spelled "y'all" correctly.  I see too many people spelling it "ya'll" - clearly unaware how contractions work.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 1,885
    You've got a solid 20 years left in ya, get cookin'.

    Just gotta get your hands dirty.
  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 721
    Welcome to the cult! First thing, cook on your BGE tomorrow! If there are any eggfests close to you, go have fun and learn. start with some simple cooks to learn to control the BGE temperature. It's not necessary to build a big fire for most cooks. 
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, 1 Minimax BGE, Original wife and 3 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. 

    "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

    Albert Einstein
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 5,677
    edited May 2016
    Check out YouTube. Lots of
    good beginner videos. And welcome to the forum. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,186
    Acn said:
    bgebrent said:
    Welcome brother, y'all are in for some fun!  Peruse this forum, check out Thenakedwiz site and bbqbrethren.  All you need is here.  If you have a question, ask it here and you'll get at least one opinion, if not four.  Most are correct.  Have fun and always burp your egg.
    Not related to anything else, but I'm glad to see that you spelled "y'all" correctly.  I see too many people spelling it "ya'll" - clearly unaware how contractions work.
    Well he is a Kentucky guy and now lives in the real south. 

    This is site is your best resource. We're pretty active all hours night and day. Just ask away!
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,457
    Acn said:
    bgebrent said:
    Welcome brother, y'all are in for some fun!  Peruse this forum, check out Thenakedwiz site and bbqbrethren.  All you need is here.  If you have a question, ask it here and you'll get at least one opinion, if not four.  Most are correct.  Have fun and always burp your egg.
    Not related to anything else, but I'm glad to see that you spelled "y'all" correctly.  I see too many people spelling it "ya'll" - clearly unaware how contractions work.
    Well he is a Kentucky guy and now lives in the real south. 

    This is site is your best resource. We're pretty active all hours night and day. Just ask away!
    Spelling is my strong suit @theyolksonyou, thanks for the shout out!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,206
    This sight is filled with amazing folks who know how to deliver a fabulous cook. As others have mentioned, just ask, the BGE will do the work.
    Great to have you on board.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • dougcranndougcrann Posts: 1,129
    Cook...eat...repeat...

    Welcome to the addiction...
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,925
    Only thing to add is post pics, ensure you have some type of indirect piece and don't get overly zealous of the vent settings. Before long you will know what vent setting is what temp. Until then don't drive yourself crazy playing with it. There is a thread on here with some pics of various vent settings that is a nice starting point. 
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,935
    The Egg has its own way of cooking. If you had much prior experience, it would be misleading.

    There are three essentials. Air flow control, distance of the food from the glowing coals, and if the food is exposed directly to the glow, or blocked by a deflector so that there's only the air temperature cooking the food.

    1. With the "daisy wheel" off, and the bottom vent open, the Egg can produce a blue flame jetting out the top, with gasses around 2000F. With the daisy on, and all but closed, and the bottom vent closed to as little as a 16th of an inch, the temp can hold around 250F for up to 18 hrs.

    2. Most of the heat from the charcoal comes out in IR waves. Far more energy than a gas flame. That energy drops off w. distance. If you cook w. the food on a grill on the fire box, it will get 2X hotter than food cooked w. the grill on the fire ring. And food cooked on a grill extender close to the seam where the dome meets the base is only getting as much 1/2 the heat that is present at the top of the fire ring.

    3. If there is something placed between the IR coming off the lump and the food, the energy cooking the food is limited to what is in the heated air. There are many ways of setting up an indirect cook. Something as simply placing a pie plate on the grill and putting the food on a wire rack an inch or two high will create a more slow cooking toasting environment that prevents the food from charring, and get more smoke flavor.

    Have fun.
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,103
    Welcome.  Another site that has good information is:
    http://amazingribs.com/index.html
    Not specific to egg cooking, but provides good explanations of how and why for most things you will cook on the egg. 

    Any time you have a question, this is a good place to ask.  You will usually get a prompt reply that is helpful.  The more specific your question, the more focussed the answers will be.  Keep in mind that there are always several very good ways to cook things on the egg.  You will get multiple answers offering differing advice.  Usually the differing answers are all good.  Don't get hung up trying to find THE BEST way - just start cooking and make adjustments as you go along.

    One caution - don't go crazy adding accessories.  There are lots of things you can add to make cooking on the egg easier/better.  Some sold by BGE and some from other vendors.  There are options so take your time before spending your cash.  And be aware, around here we love to spend other people's money - ask for a suggestion and we will provide you with many ways to empty your wallet!!

    And remember, we love pictures around here.

    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,751
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Lots of good info here and you will quickly see that there are likely several options to addressing any questions you may have.  And all will work.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • MoscaMosca Posts: 451
    First of all, drop that "borrowed time" stuff. If you die out from underneath it all, then it doesn't matter anyhow. Half the fun is in the learning. there is always another meal to try, until there isn't; but that in no way invalidates the meals beforehand. As Warren Zevon said, "Enjoy every sandwich." As I say, no one wants to live forever, but everybody wants one more day.

    Second, heat that sucker up and start cooking is the only way to learn. There is no faster way. Read the manual and get to work.


  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 9,989
    Acn said:
    bgebrent said:
    Welcome brother, y'all are in for some fun!  Peruse this forum, check out Thenakedwiz site and bbqbrethren.  All you need is here.  If you have a question, ask it here and you'll get at least one opinion, if not four.  Most are correct.  Have fun and always burp your egg.
    Not related to anything else, but I'm glad to see that you spelled "y'all" correctly.  I see too many people spelling it "ya'll" - clearly unaware how contractions work.
    Then there is yawl.....sometimes we southerners spell funny. jKOC
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • bboulierbboulier Posts: 556
    You have made a wise investment.  BGE pays bigger dividends than an IRA! You have come to the right site.  Folks here will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
    Weber Kettle, Weber Genesis Silver B, Medium Egg, KJ Classic (Black)
  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,907
    Welcome to the community.  Your egg is a versitle cooking tool. Anything that you have cooked on stove top or oven will work on the egg...just taste better.  
    BTW, no question is a stupid question".......And dont forget to post pictures
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • westernbbqwesternbbq Posts: 2,136
    just get grillin, smokimg, cooking, roasting and soon youll be boasting.

    Burgers, fish, chicken,  ribs, veggies and sausages.   


    Start with the stuff you already kmow how to cook and then you will quickly expand your repetoire and create awesome things.  

    Happy Egging!
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,538
    bboulier said:
    You have made a wise investment.  BGE pays bigger dividends than an IRA! You have come to the right site.  Folks here will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
    Reverse dividends.
    NOLA
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,465
    edited May 2016
    +1 on @egger ave's advice of getting to an Eggfest. Where are you located?

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 2,899
    Watch this entire series. He uses a different type of cooker, but the method definitely translates.
    http://www.pbs.org/show/bbq-franklin/episodes/

    Also, talk to your egg dealer.  See if they offer any demo classes/events.  

    Plus,  there are a lot of sponsored events that are fun to attend. You can see the official list here.
    http://biggreenegg.com/eggfests/


    And, as always, be an active member of the forum and you'll be rewarded with shared knowledge and comradery  
    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • abpgwolfabpgwolf Posts: 478
    Welcome, the best way to learn is to cook every chance you can. And ask questions, this is a great group and you will usually get an answer to your question within an hour. All of the websites mentioned above are great resources for info & recipes. Have fun!

    Lititz, PA – XL BGE

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