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Mini and Small maximum cook times

I have an XL and for low and slow it will go and go. I have smoked pork buts for 17 hours and was nowhere near using all of the coals. I have a friend who might want to add a small or mini egg to his pellet grill.

What is the maximum low and slow time on the small and mini?
Are they big enough to do two big steaks or ribs?



  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    I have a small and my longest cook was a 9 lb Small Turkey I had it at 325° for 3 hours cook time and probably a hour of messing with settings and getting it up to temp and had plenty of lump left over. 
    Small BGE goes Camping was another post where the small got used a bunch. 

    @cazzy has done ribs on the small egg My SBGE Weekend Adventure 

    @R2Egg2Q has done a few big cooks on both the small and the mini

    @Mickey has done some cool stuff on the mini

    There are lots of recent posts with lots of cooks stuffing the small and mini eggs full of great food if you need any more ideas of what they can do, just ask. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,394
    I've gone 4-5 hrs with the mini no reload @ 250-275. Yes u can do 2 good size steaks.
    Seattle, WA
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,981
    Kind of hard to say maximum cook times as it depends on many factors like the cooking temp, the kind or density of lump, & how full you load it. Using a dense lump (Wicked Good in my case) & filling the Mini just over mid way up the fire ring I cooked a 5 lb butt in just over 5 hrs cooking at 240-300 (specifics in the link @Solson005 posted). If I had cooked at 250 straight I'd guesstimate that it could gone about 8 hrs from lighting the Egg.

    The longest I've cooked in my Small is 11 hrs in the 235-275 range and I'd guess it could have gone another hour. I seem to recall someone saying they got 14 hrs out of their Small but I don't recall who reported that or what their conditions were.

    Here's a few more links to show the capacity of the two sizes.

    Mini movies #1: #2: #3: #4: #5:

    A fairly recent post with lots of pics of Minis in action:

    A post that includes a bunch of pics of various items I've cooked on a Small:
    XL, Large, Small, Mini Eggs, Humphrey's Weekender, Superior Smokers SS-Two, MAK 1-Star General, Hasty Bake Gourmet, Santa Maria Grill, Thai Charcoal cooker, Webers: 18.5" WSM, 22.5" OTG, 22.5" Kettle Premium, WGA Charcoal, Summit S-620 NG

    Bay Area, CA
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,737
    Yes on two large steaks. My first Egg was a small. Then a Large, and won a Mini at Plano. The Small was just not used. I sold it and never looked back.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,737
    Mini movies Thanks to Spring Chicken, aka Leroy: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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