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New egg owner, a few cooks in

Phoenix area newbie. Picked up a large Egg three weeks ago, and I've had a handful of really good cooks, a couple decent cooks, and one horrible failure. First cook was a 5 lb (I think) pork butt. I used the memphis dust from and cooked at 230-250 for about 9 hours with some mesquite from the back yard. Turned out pretty fantastic. The Chicken that I cooked next turned out good, but I completely ruined a 15 lb packer. I had just ordered a maverick remote thermometer. I noticed that there was a 50-80 deg. discrepancy between the new thermometer and the one that came with the egg (digital was reading high). Since I had just had a successful pork cook, I figured the digital thermometer had been calibrated incorrectly and went with the dial thermometer. I was wrong. Apparently I had tweaked the dial thermometer adjustment nut when I removed it. The new thermometer was dead on (I checked it against my oven later). I ended out cooking that brisket at about 350 all night (~12 hours). Pics below, ouch. Oh, I followed the brisket up with St. Louis style ribs and they were awesome. No "after" pics of that one, unfortunately...was too busy stuffing my face :) Thanks for all the tips I've picked up over the past month while lurking, look forward to sharing more stories with everyone.


  • Welcome aboard. The pork and chicken look great. Most people screw up their first few briskets. Took me 3 or 4 tries to nail it but now I can put out some really good stuff cconsistently.
    I always trust my maverick. Never let's me down. Keep the pics coming.
  • jtippersjtippers Posts: 512
    Congrats on the egg! What's a journey without a few detours? Don't worry about the failures, because you learn from them. Just keep posting pics!!!! :-)
    SBGE December 2012 •  XLBGE December 2013 •  Yoder YS640 July
    Location: Jasper, Georgia

  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,810
    I got plenty of failures under my belt, none were the egg's fault either. Get yourself a small pot of boiling water and when it's boiling make sure your thermometers are reading 212 (or the equivalent to your altitude). See what the temp difference is then adjust accordingly.
    Dunedin, FL
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,999
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Welcome to the addiction!
    Pure Michigan
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Mini BGE, Weber Smokey Mountain, Weber Performer.
    If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,425

    Welcome to the herd.

    Being that you are from AZ.

    Would be nice to see a few of the local SW style cooks.

    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
  • 500500 Posts: 2,804
    Welcome to the Insanity!
    Large BGE; Midlothian, Virginia
    I like Pig Butts and I can not lie.
    "Barbecue is a journey, one meal at a time."
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,278
    Welcome aborad and enjoy the journey.  Great start and a lesson we all have learned with regard to your temperature indications.  "Any doubt-check the calibration", cheap insurance. 
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • Thanks guys. And yes, I'll be doing a lot of SW/Mexico-influenced cooks. Growing up here it's in my blood. I'm already foaming at the mouth to do some flap meat with a jalapeño/lime/roasted garlic marinade.
  • xjwheelr said:
    Thanks guys. And yes, I'll be doing a lot of SW/Mexico-influenced cooks. Growing up here it's in my blood. I'm already foaming at the mouth to do some flap meat with a jalapeño/lime/roasted garlic marinade.
    Shhhhh! Don't tell anyone about flap. We'll keep it our little secret. Just ordered thirty pounds yesterday.


    Caledon, ON


  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,750
    Looks pretty damn good too me!
    Dave - Austin, TX
  • Welcome, happy egging
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 12,468
    Welcome! We all have failed cooks under our belt, so no worries. Looking forward to more cooks. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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