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After six years of patience, I bought an egg and have Boston Butt to show for it

Six years ago, I began a job that had me visiting a local hardware store once a week. It was then, in July 2007, that I saw my first Big Green Egg. I was blown away -- I lifted the lid, caressed the thick ceramic and marveled at the craftsmanship. Problem was, I had just bought an enormous stainless steel gas grill at a big home improvement store. There was no way my wife was going to go for this egg showing up in the backyard.
Every week, I'd return to the store. Every week, I'd drool. 
Well, next month I turn 40 and a few weeks ago, my wife encouraged me to just go buy the thing as a birthday present. So I did.
I then found this forum, immediately got to work looking at recipes and last week made a seven-pound Boston Butt after reading recommendations here. I stole a rub from Hashmaker, I got a drip pan, a placesetter and a thermometer. 
I woke up at 3 a.m. and fired up the egg. By 4 a.m. the pork was in the egg. By 5 p.m., I was double-wrapping it in heavy duty foil and putting it in my cooler. At 6 p.m., the neighbors came running over as I unwrapped the most beautiful butt I have ever seen in my life. It tasted even better than it looked.
Thank you all for your valuable posts here. You've made it possible for me to blow my wife's mind on a regular basis -- something not (ahem) easily (ahem) accomplished (ahem).


  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,445
    Welcome and congrats on finally getting the egg!
  • finsterfinster Posts: 136
    Well worth the wait.  Happy for ya'll.
    MBGE in Charleston

  • RV10FlyerRV10Flyer Posts: 140

    Congrats and welcome to the forum.  The fun has just begun and it is a great ride.

    North Texas

    XL and Small BGE

  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    Welcome, and your journey begins...........
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,326
    I must say that is some fine looking bark on that butt....
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 3,494
    Congrats and welcome to the cult.  A fine example of what a first cook can look like with some proper research and preparation.  Nicely done.
    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. 
  • AquacopAquacop Posts: 478
    Enjoy and Welcome!
    LBGE 2013 Located in Savannah, Georgia
  • RACRAC Posts: 1,688
    Nice looking cook and Welcome aboard!


    Boerne, TX

  • tulocaytulocay Posts: 1,737
    Welcome and nice looking first cook.
    LBGE, Marietta, GA
  • billsmebillsme Posts: 42
    Love the story. Congrats!
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,771
    Welcome aboard-and you may not have picked up on this yet-wife=SWMBO, She Who Must Be Obeyed-and you did it right when she told you to buy the BGE :)
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,130
    Welcome, and you sure aced that cook!
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,053
    Really nice!!  Congrats on the egg and the wife!!!!

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • Welcome.  Nice looking cook. 
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    Welcome... Not the best looking butt I've seen... But a nice pork butt.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 2,101
    Congrats on the new BGE and a successful cook! Sounds like you planned your cook perfectly. I would give up a lot of things in my life before I would give up my egg.

    The first time I made a pork butt (6.5 lbs), I put it on the egg at 9:00am, monitored the temp and things were coming along nicely. The guy at the butcher shop said it would take 1-1.5 hrs/pound. At 3:00, my wife says "who's going to help us eat all this?" So she calls her family and tells them all "Come over for dinner - we're eating at 7.". (10 of us total) They show up and we drink beer and play catch with the kids and have a bonfire in the fire pit. Good times....

    Then 'the stall" happened. I didn't believe it could take THAT long! Needless to say, my mother-in-law went home at 11:00pm and she was h-angry! The good news is that my wife, my brother-in-law, and I had a feast when that thing finally got done at midnight! Not sure how much the booze had to do with how good it was but everyone that left sure missed out! Thankfully she has forgiven me and will gladly come back and eat from the egg. She still raves about how good the prime rib was at Christmas.

    Happy Eggin'!
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • nick_banichnick_banich Posts: 110
    I like big butts. I can not lie
    -Large BGE since 6-13
    -Indianapolis, IN

  • Love the story and your patience. Similar situation with me as it took me about 5 years to buy one. With the help of selling a bunch of stuff on CL SWMBO allowed me to purchase. :D
    2 Large Eggs and no chickens. How's that work? :)
  • BullibeBullibe Posts: 132
    henapple said:
    Welcome... Not the best looking butt I've seen... But a nice pork butt.

    Redneck Riviera, Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,860
    Awesome looking butt. 6 years if carefuk planning paid off!  

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • mb99zzmb99zz Posts: 183
    Great story! Congratulations on the new egg, the first butt, and wowing the wife!
  • radamoradamo Posts: 372
    Welcome to the egg world... and if I do say so myself, NICE BUTT!
    Long Island, NY
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,673
    She's a beaut, Clark. Welcome aboard. many more amazing cooks in your future and plenty of chances to blow your wife's mind.

    Rowlett, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings


  • LBC DawgLBC Dawg Posts: 116
    nothing quite like that 1st beautiful butt on the egg
  • mangasbmangasb Posts: 14
    well done.  bark looks great!
  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 964
    Welcome aboard. Nice looking cook. Great fo first time. You might want to look up mickey's turbo butt method. The out come is fanatastic and a lot shorter cook time. I can do a 9 pound butt in 6.5 hours or less with his method.


    Texarkana, TX

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