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Caring for the BGE and Smoking

Mrs LenickMrs Lenick Posts: 29
edited October 2011 in Poultry

I want to smoke a turkey for thanksgiving and it's my first time doing it.  It's got to be pretty big, maybe about 25lbs. How long will that take and what should I do?


Also, I opened my EGG today and it had mold all over the grate and even in some of the felt areas.  I quickly cleaned it up and fired up the EGG to burn off anything else.  I let it heat up as high as it would go to be sure it got everything. I never had that happen to me within any other grill.  I think it was because I left the ceramic cover off.  Did I do the right thing by burning everything off?


  • Oh, I just saw that several of you had responded to an earlier post about smoking the turkey and gave me the link for the MadMax Turkey. Thanks so much. I will definitely research that and try a bird beforehand.  Thanks so much to all of you responded back to me on the 4th.


  • Yes, you can burn off the mold.  The ceramic can get damp and hold moisture which encourages the mold.  I've found that having grease/food on the grates encourages it also.
    The Naked Whiz
  • Also, I forgot to remove the cast iron lid and put the ceramic lid back on and I think moisture got in that way, because of some rain we had.  Will it help if I put the lid up a couple of times a week or if I buy one of the BGE covers?

  • Use your egg more! LOL
  • No kidding!  I definitely will. Especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching. I was just so surprised. I'd never seen that before.

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