View Full Version : My Other Passion BBQ and My BGE

Alan Gan
04-07-2014, 8:26 PM
Been cooking Steak and Hamburgers for years, the last 7 years I have been into some serious BBQ (if there is such a thing):cool: I have slowed down a bit but came very close to competition BBQ.

Currently own about 10 different cookers. The most versatile for me is the Big Green Egg. Anybody else enjoy cooking a big Pork Shoulder for 16 Hours?

An Extra Large Green Egg


About a 10Lb Shoulder


Some Spare Ribs


This is an old Kamado from the 60's I restored


Side by side BGE and Kamado


Thanks for looking!

Mike Chance in Iowa
04-07-2014, 9:14 PM
Mmmm. Those pictures got my mouth watering for some good BBQ! It's too hard to look at the photos and keep my tummy from growling.

Eduard Nemirovsky
04-07-2014, 9:35 PM
I have BGE for last two years, the best grill/smoker I ever used. I even start doing cold smoking in BGE - mmmmm:D

Mike Cozad
04-08-2014, 5:00 AM
Curious... why the umbrella?

I bought my first real smoker last summer. (had the $35 Wal-Mart years ago that I could never really figure out, always too dry or still partially uncooked) we had a blast with it. Ribs, pork tenderloins, but the family favorite has been the bacon explosion. I may invest in an egg this year...

Robert LaPlaca
04-08-2014, 10:23 AM
The BGE has quite the following, I am more of a Weber guy myself..Had a Smokey Mountain for 10 years and it worked well enough, but after futzing around with it and trying out smoking Pork Butts (shoulder) on a standard Weber 22.5 kettle indirect with water underneath, it works about as well.

Your Pork butt has a nice mahogany color all it needs is some nice eastern Carolina vinegar-ketchup base sauce on it..

04-08-2014, 11:15 AM
Hi Alan,

Thanks for your post. I currently have several cookers (OK Joes offset, Brinkman vertical smoker, Charbroil grill) and have recently been very intrigued by the BGE. I love the quickness of my grill for hamburgers, steaks, etc. but am considering the BGE for the long-term items like pork butts, briskets, and ribs. Is it true that the long-term cooks don't require a lot of babysitting?

Prashun Patel
04-08-2014, 12:02 PM
I did my first pork shoulder (14hours) in a (gasp) electric smoker. There's nothing else like it. Burned m'fingers, tho, pullin' all dat pork!!!

Alan Gan
04-08-2014, 12:24 PM
Curious... why the umbrella?

It does not rain much here but it was that day so the umbrella keeps the water from going into the cooker. I now have a flue cap I adapted to fit on the top, looks a lot better.

I do a lot of ABT's, Peppers stuffed with Cheese and wrapped in Bacon.

What is Bacon Explosion?

I bought my first real smoker last summer. What did you buy?

Is it true that the long-term cooks don't require a lot of babysitting? Thanks, Once you understand how the Egg works you can get it locked in on a temp and it will stay there for hours. Use a good quality Lump charcoal, never any lighter fluid. I bought a weed burner to lite mine. There is a device that connects to the Egg and many other cookers that is computer controlled, it just pushes air into the cooker to maintain the desired temp, I do not own one and have great success in doing long cooks with little tending.

I have done Pizza, Cookies, Burgers and Vegetables, just about anything you can cook in an oven it will handle.

Nike Nihiser
04-09-2014, 2:35 PM
I have a Lang's 60 inch smoker and a Bradley electric. I can do 6 brisket and 4 pork shoulder at one time on the Lang's. I also smoke meatloaf and brined turkey breast.

Eric DeSilva
04-09-2014, 4:31 PM
What are the other 8 cookers?

I'm lazy--I use a Cookshack electric. Near brainless operation, I can leave it unattended, and it turns out great BBQ.

Mike Cozad
04-28-2014, 5:06 AM
Apologies Alan, I missed your question somehow.

I bought an inexpesive model from Master Forge. I went to a few of the smoker forums and read a ton of reviews, and for the entry level smoker, (had to see if the family would enjoy it) the master forge won hands down. So I picked one up and really like it. Easy to use and easy to clean. Definitely works better than the smoker box for my gas grill.