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Big Green Egg Large Egg Reviews

BamaDrifter

Best thing ever!

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Pros: Easy to be a great cook with the BGE!

Cons: Accessories are expensive!

The BGE is the bomb!  Before getting it, I had never had a smoker and had never smoked any type of meat.  First try was 2 chickens and they were off the chain!  Have cooked chickens, turkey breasts, steaks and all have turned out wonderful!  Easy learning curve on how to control temperature.  My problem is deciding what recipe to use next!  It can grill @ high temp and cook for hours @ low temps.  Be sure to get the plate deflector so you can cook by indirect heat. Unless something BETTER than a BGE comes out, this is my grill/smoker for as long as I can see!
sidvicious

excellent. the best.

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Pros: easy in all respects with perfect results, and truly versatile.

Cons: heavy

mine is the medium model.   my perspective is from a very good cook with 40+ experienced years with smoking and grilling of all types.  from high powered and expensive gas and electric units, to 55 gallon barrels, old propane tanks, homemade wonders by various welders, and some designed for the commercial market.   the green egg is the best.  i wish i had had it soooo long ago.  if i had my whiskey bill would be much smaller.  temperature control is NOT an issue.  there is virtually no drift.   for smoking it is very simple.  using the plate setter is a snap and makes for a very relaxed smoke.  i smoke at around 200 degrees.  i...
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Sabato Domenica

Best Smoker that I've Used

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Pros: Cooks Low and Slow Forever on one load of charcoal.

Cons: Pricey but I didn't mind spending the money. Got 10% off at a legitimate dealer (don't buy elsewhere).

Just got the large big green egg and a great deal of rain slowed my table building, but finally finished and set up the BGE. Made a Boston Butt and a Turkey so far with great results. Used apple wood chunks both times. I use the BBQ Guru NanoQ with 10 cfm fan for perfect temperature control. Cooked the pork at 225* and the Turkey at 350*. I can set the egg and controller and go to bed smoking overnight and some of the next day (not the turkey, 14 lb in 4 hours brined, injected and rubbed).   I think there should be an SMF Group for Big Green Eggers!
Tabsco1

New Buyer

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Have a company bonus coming soon and thinking of investing in a BGE.  Have had a Weber Genisis for twenty years and love it but want to be able to smoke and slow cook which is more difficult on the Weber.  Are users using it for high temp cooking as well or pretty much limited to low and slow.  I live in southern California and I have a little sqaure charcoal grill I use for coal cooking. I primarily use mesquite lump charcoal in it which burns very hot, gives great  but does not appear to be very long lasting.  Anyone using mesquite in their BGE.  Curious about the experienece you are having.   Thanks   ps:site requires a rating to submit...
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Tonja699

Question for the BGE owners

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I have a question for all you BGE owners ,is the BGE really worth the high price ? I have a vision version and I got it for 499 for everything !!! All the accessories stand etc , is one better than the other ? Also can u use it while raining ? Thanks guys in advance , I love my ceramic BBQ so IMPRESSED WITH IT !!!!
EdMartin

BGE XL

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Pros: *****

Cons: Expensive

I've added an xl bge to my lineup. I also use an 050 and Ameri-que cookshack smokers. Now, the cookshack smokers are absolutely great, using electricity, however, the xl bge is phenomal using charcal. There is definately a "smoke ring " difference, and a taste difference. There is also more diversity to be had with the BGE. In 40+ years, trying various pit styles, I must admit, I do love that xl BGE !!!  Although " taste " is what its all about, all styles have their merit. Bottom line, learn the characteristcs of your BBQ, and enjoy Que !!!!   ed.  
dcdoes

New owner

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Pros: Smoking, Grilling, it does it all

Cons: COST!!!!!

I've had the grill less than a month and have been cooking non-stop. I smoked a turkey, some ribs, and a butt. I've grilled steaks, burgers, breasts and shrimp. So far I am happy with everything I've made.  Any issues with the food was due to the learning curve, Only issue is the cost. On top of that all the accessories that I want add up. My egg is currently on blocks on my patio. I did not want the nest, when I knew a table was in the near future. I am building a table to save money on accessories. One last note, I used the egg non-stop for 3 weeks including 2 medium length smokes and I finally ran out of charcoal from my first bag. Not bad!
bigfoote

It's the Best

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Pros: Juicy meat with great smoke flavor.

I've had my large BGE for 8 or 9 years (date and price above guess) and my XL over 2 years.  They are easy to use, great for smoking and grilling.  Low (200-250 degrees) and slow (over 18 hours without having to add charcoal) is how I smoke.  The BGE maintains a consistent temperature without having to add fuel for more than 18 hours.  I often spritz my ribs and butts, and it comes back to temp almost immediately. I also have a Fire Magic Elite Magnum gas grill, but if I only could have one, the large BGE would be it.
Navigator

Great Q and fun to use.

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Pros: High temps easy, stable temperature, smokes, grills does everything you want it to.

Cons: High initial cost and portability. Lots of pricey eggcessories you will want.

Its everything everyone says it is, makes it easy to seem like you have been using it forever, it just cranks out good food even with a few mistakes by its commander now and then ;)
DocJangles

Love my egg

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Pros: Temp Control, ease of use, great high end temps, size, accessories

Cons: cost

Believe the hype.  The Big Green Egg is the best smoker I have ever used, the best grill I have ever used, and it's awesome as an oven too.  It uses an insanely small amount of charcoal.  The temp control is just amazing.  I went to bed with a ham on at 221, and woke up 8 hours later with the temp at 225.  That is amazing.  I love my Big Green Egg.  
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