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Our "Egg Shed" - What a person will do for a BGE .... - pics included. New to forum

It all started with a Big Green Egg. The best smoker/grill ever built. I have owned one for over ten years now.  Like many I prefer cooking outdoors with fire. My wife and I entertain a good bit. Back in the day, we wanted a larger home for our family and to accommodate more guests. We can host parties of 50 to 65 people with a fair amount of ease with only one cook. Me. We found a house for sale that was zoned on farmland with 5 acres. My lonely Egg and I cooked in this big empty space for a long time. We wanted to do something better accommodate our guest and to make cooking more enjoyable for the chef.  My Egg and I devised a plan. She needed a sibling and I needed a very large sink with pluming. We needed counter space and burners for side items. 

 I got to thinking about pizza on my Egg and how its a favorite of mine– yet never attempted making them for parties due to the turnaround time. The more I thought about a pizza party with two Eggs and 65 people… the more I still felt unsettled. I can remember thinking “I need a larger cooking surface for pizza” and then remembered an amazing coal fired brick oven experience many moons ago. The shape even looked like a Big Green Egg with the massive domed structure and a flat cooking surface with temperatures exceeding 900 degrees. That thought sent me straight to the internet where I found blueprints/plans to build a Pompeii110. Thanks Forno Bravo!!

 My wife, less enthused about this revelation, indicated if I got an outdoor kitchen her needs should be met as well. Mainly, a spa and with a comfortable space to relax in. She thought our son would love a pool. A pool meant more opportunities to cook. I couldn’t argue with the paring/chemistry of it all.  It made sense to have a TV outside so… shelter was added.  My wife and I agreed a fire pit would complete the design. So I envisioned buying a spitjack pig rotisserie and setting it up with the two tripods and steel bar across a flat dirt surface – then digging a hole around the oval dimension needed to cook whole hog over fire.

The continual sound of water became important to me. It made economic sense to remove dirt from the pool site/space then mound it up beside the pool to place the spa 4ft high and 12ft away from the pool’s edge to create a water feature. 

For almost two years I did nothing with the above. I couldn’t afford it and had to pair down the design/cost without compromising quality.  I created two itemized spreadsheets and budgeted each component and mico-components out until I had something actionable, within budget, and within the given resale projections.

Long story short, I get asked all the time…. “All this for a Big Green Egg?!?!” My response is usually  “Well… I guess you’ve never cooked on one before, or at the very least, you have never fallen in love with something inanimate.” Most don’t know how to respond… a few do.

Over the holidays I had a conversation with a guy that led me to joining this forum. He asked “So what is it? The Egg or the three day brine that makes this turkey so good?”  My response sounded cryptic and weird by reading his facial expressions. I indicated it was about the journey as I recalled the many turkeys before this one and talked of my Christmas plans for the next year with eagerness.  We were miles apart as he kept asking about the blasted turkey… the turkey was merely a byproduct of a passion born long ago. 

You guys understand me… even without an introduction.

I’ve never been a part of a forum before…  I have a learning curve ahead of me….

Feeling at Home already,

Caveman Cook

If its not memorable, its not worth doing.



  • Am I seeing "Auburn" on that little guy's T-Shirt?
    By the way, I would never leave that area. Well played, sir.

  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,259

    I wish I lived more south. That's very close to what I would design but with 5 months of winter, I couldn't justify it. Thanks for sharing. Looks very relaxing.

    Anyone from the forum on your guest list yet?? (pick me, pick me)

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,873
    Winston-Salem, NC 
  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,907
    Very nice!

    LBGE, Adjustable Rig, Spider, High-Que grate, maverick ET-732, Thermapen,

    Garnerville, NY
  • Good Eye and WDE Memphis BBQ. I have a Toomer's Oak seedling near the fire pit. My hammock serves as the "home office"... a hard life for sure. 

    If its not memorable, its not worth doing.

  • Nice. Very nice. I would go for lots of closely monitored low and slow cooks with that setup. Kudos.
  • Well a big War Eagle! Take care of that tree. Are you an Auburn Grad? I graduated in 2001.
  • That is a an awesome set-up
  • WOW !

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,483
    Holy crap!!  Can I call you dad?


    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
  • I just turned 40 bowhunr but I respond to daddy or mr. worthless... lazy weekends are routine for me. The wife and kid knows where to find me. Unfortunately Memphis bbq... I'm not an AU grad. 

    If its not memorable, its not worth doing.

  • Welcome to the forum, where have you been? Obviously a serious egger. Look forward to hearing about your cooks, and BTW - really nice setup. 
    Delta B.C. - Whiskey and steak, because no good story ever started with someone having a salad!
  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
    awesome setup...... what did you say your address was? lol
  • That is the kind of set-up I would love to have. Looks like you put a lot of thought into every detail. 
    I vote on having a Forum party there this summer!

  • KoskoKosko Posts: 535
    I'm in love!
    Peachtree City, Ga Large BGE
  • This is why i haven't joined the forum until now... will never get work done  :) - too OCD and project oriented as it is.

    I've looked at others posts all day about having trouble making pizza - my passion. All afternoon, in my mind, I've been hosting a BGE pizza class in my backyard for a one or two day experience. With 5 acres (with an outdoor bathroom/shower), it could become an egger campground with ease... too many ideas... waaay bad for my brain.  

    must work....... musssst work.

    If its not memorable, its not worth doing.

  • pasoeggpasoegg Posts: 435
    as Barney told Andy "it's big - real big - biggest thing ever come to Mayberry"  "what's big Barney"...."Oh Andy - big ain't the word for it"""...pretty much sums up this deal.....a work of art!!!!!  enjoy every minute of it.....

    "it is never too early to drink, but it may be too early to be seen drinking"

    Winston-Salem, NC

  • Congratulations for winning at life.  
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Einstein

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

  • Real Nice Set Up. Enjoy it and welcome here.
    Large, small, and a mini
  • WOW nice setup
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 18,680
    Okay-I would just live there and all would be well with the world.  What a set-up!
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • wow. seriously.

    "I believe that life is based on belief-systems. The Way I see it, folks just need to have something that they can really believe in."

    "I believe I’ll have another beer."

    - Hondo Crouch

  • pasoeggpasoegg Posts: 435
    i just can't quit looking at the you have any vacation packages available???  i will take care of my own meals...

    "it is never too early to drink, but it may be too early to be seen drinking"

    Winston-Salem, NC

  • pasoegg said:
    i just can't quit looking at the you have any vacation packages available???  i will take care of my own meals...
    hell, I'll cook and clean (I'm coming in summer though, just sleep in the hammock and bathe in the pool- like Uncle Eddie, only creepier)

    "I believe that life is based on belief-systems. The Way I see it, folks just need to have something that they can really believe in."

    "I believe I’ll have another beer."

    - Hondo Crouch

  • CPARKTXCPARKTX Posts: 1,973
    Wow. Just wow.
    LBGE & SBGE.  Central Texas.  
  • That is just amazing. 
  • ^:)^
    LBGE, Weber OTG w/ Rotisserie, Weber Genesis S-330, Chargriller Duo, AR-15, AK-47
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 2,124
    Incredible! =D> Thanks for posting the pics. I really like how you have the little guy learning & helping with the lechón!
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs, Humphrey's Weekender, MAK 1-Star General, Hasty Bake Gourmet, Santa Maria Grill, Webers: 18.5" WSM, 22.5" OTG, 22.5" Kettle Premium, WGA Charcoal, Summit S-620 NG

    Bay Area, CA
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 1,481
    You win!
    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, SMALL, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • CGW1CGW1 Posts: 332
    I'd like to book a reservation for next that is awesome!!!!
    Franco Ceramic Grillworks
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