mes vs big green egg

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by hilltopper, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. hilltopper

    hilltopper Newbie

    Does anybody have a big green egg or grill dome and either a smokey mountain cooker a or a MES?  I have the last two and am wondering if a BGE or GD cooks better 'Q than the other two.  I know you can do baking, grilling and the like on the BGE, but is it worth the money to cook better 'Q?  They sure look nice, but I can't decide if I really want or need one. What do you think?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    hilltopper, evening.... In my opinion, anyone can become an expert on any q device... time, patience and experimenting until you get your food the way you like it.... The ugly drum smokers UDS have won at Q contests..... Any device you select, the learning curve is a lot less now that you are a member here.... Your new pals have worked out all the kinks, so to speak....  Dave
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have been looking for that answer myself...

  4. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    That's like comparing a pickup and a mini.Look at a primo more room and made in the usa.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Like Dave said, it's the cook not the cooker!
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Every smoker has a learning curve

    I know guys who have mastered the BGE, and wouldn't cook on anything else

    Then there are guys who are dedicated "Stick Burners", and won't even consider any other smoker

    Like the others have said, it's the cook, not the cooker!

  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    In a word

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  8. kydave

    kydave Smoke Blower

    I've been considering the big green egg XL for about a year now. I've seen (and tasted) some great food off that grill. A friend (internet) of mine did a beautiful turkey on his this year.

  9. hilltopper

    hilltopper Newbie

    I still would to here from someone who either has both a MES and a ceramic cooker or has cooked on both.  There has to be a bunch of people out there that has a preferance. 
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey if it's within your budget buy them both. They each have a purpose. I have 3 smokers & a lot of guys on here have more than 3. We do need our toys don't we.
  11. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you used the the handy dandy search tool you would see that I have a BGE,MES 30 and a WSM.

    There is a bunch of threads about this topic.

    I have answered this a few times and will again now.

    I have a medium BGE...I could never make hold low smoking temps,ever. It is a marvelous machine.

    But for me. smoking with it was an impossible thing. Too much work.

    The BGE works better than anything for all things except smoking in my eyes. Perfect steaks and pizzas etc....all things done in an oven and grilling.

    I have a MES 30 that has worked great with the amns dust burner. I cant get the pellets to work quite right for me.

    I have made tons of great smoked goodness with it.

    I also have a WSM...It is my go to is perfect. out of the box.

    If you want one smoker... get a WSM  I have the 18.5.

    Gp to my profile and look at the threads started...

    Of course this is my opinion...YMMV.

    Last edited: Dec 18, 2011
  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I totally agree with Craig on the WSM, but I didn't think you were considering one. As he says it's the best charcoal smoker made right out of the box.
  13. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Actually Al (I have yet to get a gasser),I think the WSM is the best bang for the buck as far as a smoker in general in the lower price range.

  14. I have a Big Green Egg and a MES 30. The egg does all things better in my opinion. t does take time to get used to it and figure out how to set it. Once you get it you can set it and forget it. it holds low temps very well!!!!
  15. smokeysteveo

    smokeysteveo Newbie

    You're not going to get the Bark with the MES that a BGE will give you. I've had a Large BGE for some time. Best grill/smoker I've ever owned, and it'll be the last I ever own. (Unless I get an XL Egg!!)

    Bark is flavor. MES won't give you this!!!![​IMG]
  16. flebag

    flebag Fire Starter

    What's a wsm
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  17. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

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  18. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    BGE 24" - 1 rack and $1200

    WSM 22.5" - 2 racks and $400 leaving $800 for meat to fill it with! (plus no hernia when you have to move it around)
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It depends on what you want & sometimes what you need:

    My Son has a Large BGE, and he makes Awesome Q !!!

    However if My MES 40 made any better Q, it would be illegal.

    Here's a whole bunch of examples:

    Just click on "Bear's Step by Steps".

    Last edited: Sep 9, 2014
  20. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I vote Weber, why? I have 4. Best out of the box and for the money plus lasts forever. That said, if I had the money I would probably have a ceramic smoker for pizza.

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