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Getting a pig butchered Friday - first time!!

Joined Jan 14, 2014
Hello Smokers!
I'm in Baltimore and getting my first pig butchered (raised by friends in the country, I am in the city) Friday! I'd like to smoke my bacon and make sausages but need advice on selecting the right tools! I'm looking for a smoker that is relatively simple doesn't cost $$$$ for this beginner. I've heard that the Big Green Egg can be used for both grilling and smoking so I am tempted. Does anyone have good/bad experiences they can share? Any other recommendations?!
Can't wait to get started!!
Woo hoo!!
CharmCity Smoke

gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   I have never had a Big Green Egg but I do have a friend in Dallas, who's son bought one and liked it so much he bought one too. They swear by them, but I think they end up doing more grilling than smoking. I am quite sure there is a member who owns a BGE that can really shed some light on the pro's and con's ------ Good Luck
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


Master of the Pit
Joined Oct 25, 2011
Welcome CharmCity Smoke.

Sounds great!!!

The BGE is good, but some say it is a little small.

If cost is a consideration, you might try searching on UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker)  in the search function at the top of the page.  You could save $ and get experience on what works for you. Food grad barrels are pretty cheap, and you can make one in a weekend.  They last , and you have a"custom made" smoker.

Just an idea.

Good luck!!!


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