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The Mini Working Overtime at the Beach - 3 part meal all on the mini

Crispix49Crispix49 Posts: 191
edited July 2013 in EggHead Forum
I wanted to share a couple photos/ideas, not because that this cook is special or unique, but rather to show off the mini's cooking capacity & versatility.  We are spending a few weeks down on St Simons Island, and the mini came with us (actually, that's why I got the mini in the first place).  We had some friends down for the weekend; I egged our entire meal on the mini last Saturday night. 

Started off the the meal with 2 lbs of fresh GA shrimp cooked in the wok (mini-woo set up).  The shrimp were given a little olive oil then tossed in some adobo seasoning.

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Next phase was grilled corn on the cob - rubbed in olive oil then salt & pepper.  Grilled raised direct on woo till some kernels started to char and turn black.


The last round was the tri-tip steaks.  Had 9 small tri tip steaks that I never thought would all fit at one time, but they did.  Cooked around 600-650 raised direct on woo until they were at 125*-135* then pulled to let rest.

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For what its worth, I did not have to reload any lump.  I was running the mini hot for a good 45-60 minutes and still had some lump leftover.

Takeaways - the mini is a fuel efficient workhorse.  With some arranging, the cooking space is more than meets the eye.  Everything that comes off it tastes pretty damn good.

Not pictured - beverage of choice was Makers and soda water.

Atlanta suburbs
Large & Mini owner
UGA Alum - Go Dawgs!


  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,015
    Damn. You could have offered me badger urine to drink and I would still come over. Nice!
  • JebpotJebpot Posts: 374
    Looks great.

    XL and Small

    Chattanooga, TN

  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,445
    Great cook and an excellent example of how best to use the mini. Almost makes me thing that would be an easier sell to the boss than another large.
  • BustersdadBustersdad Posts: 311
    Nice job...are we invited?
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,494
    @hapster, Not trying to discourage you from another large, but as much as you like to cook, unless you want to cook in stages as this cook was done, I'd at least get a small.  Very portable for people of our age and can do a little more quantity.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • Crispix49Crispix49 Posts: 191
    @hapster 2 selling points on the mini that I used with my pitch to the better half: portability.  Its very nice to be at the beach and not have to use those crappy common area grills or be forced to eat out every night.   The second is cost: picked up the mini at an eggfest for $350 including stand.
    Atlanta suburbs
    Large & Mini owner
    UGA Alum - Go Dawgs!
  • Crispix49Crispix49 Posts: 191
    @bustersdad heck yeah!  we got an extra room!
    Atlanta suburbs
    Large & Mini owner
    UGA Alum - Go Dawgs!
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,394
    Always in on a mini thread. Agree on all points.
    Seattle, WA
  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,445
    Good points both sides... However, we are taking a 4 day vaca to Disney and the wife had no problem with my grabbing a camera that is a 1/3 of the trip cost.

    Going by that; still gonna shoot for a large as my 2nd egg and figure the mini in the next time I book a week in OBX.

    My wife didn't marry me for my looks...

    Sometimes I use my powers for slightly evil ends :)
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,746
    Very nice. Was taking my Mini to Seaside next week for the six of us but due to surgery today on my wrist that is off. You did it right, please keep the pictures coming.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Damn. You could have offered me badger urine to drink and I would still come over. Nice!

    Badger urine??  NO WAY!!

    Wolverine urine?  Well, OK.


    Flint, Michigan
  • dougbackerdougbacker Posts: 277
    Well done, Gotta love the Mini, It sure is a little work horse

    South Dakota
    Large BGE, 
    Mini BGE
    36" Blackstone Griddle
    Phoenix Gasser
    Cyber Q WIFI

    And a deck box full of toy's

  • PowderhoundPowderhound Posts: 134
    Looks excellent! Were you able to close the lid with the steaks?
    Large, Medium, Mini, and Mini Max, a few too many accessories, 2 kids, 1 dog, and original wife.  Lover of winter, powdery snow, and lots of golf.  
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,925
    The mini is definitely a workhouse. Got back from my beach trip a few weeks ago. It was hot the whole trip. When we left there we had a wedding in Tallahassee. Mini Just went in back of wife's SUV and it barely took up any room at all. Great to have a mini
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • Crispix49Crispix49 Posts: 191
    Looks excellent! Were you able to close the lid with the steaks?

    I did close the dome but it was the skin of the egg. Had to nudge em a little and watch they didn't fall out when I opened back up.
    Atlanta suburbs
    Large & Mini owner
    UGA Alum - Go Dawgs!
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