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Old 06-30-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default I Went for the Lg. Egg: Mistake?

I went today to a nearby BGE dealer and bought a large Egg, the nest and plate holder. Now, I'm wondering if I'll regret not having chosen the XL Egg.

The large has 255 sq. inches of cooking space on an 18 inch diameter rack. The XL is 452 sq. in on a 24 inch rack.

Most of the time it's just me, my wife and son having some steaks, burgers, chicken, etc. Not an army. But sometimes we do have a lot of people over.

Does anyone here regret not getting the XL egg after they got the large? If I had the XL and just wanted to cook a steak, would it be impractical, would I use a lot more charwood?

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Old 06-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #2
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I've had a LG for close to a month now. I haven't cooked for any "crowds" yet but if need be, get a grill extender.

I think a large is the perfect size unless you're doing a lot of large cooks.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:19 PM   #3
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The grill extenders are vertical. If you're grilling at high heat, does food that is higher up cook well? Burgers, steaks, etc.?

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Old 06-30-2011, 04:20 PM   #4
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I have the same situation with just three of us. The XL seemed to be a little too big for how much we cook 95% of the time. But, I just cook a 12lb brisket and 10 lb pork butt at the same time. Had no problems.

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Old 06-30-2011, 04:21 PM   #5
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You will be fine If you love it, you will want to buy a second for occasional overflow
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:21 PM   #6
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You will be satisfied with the large. Spend the extra money on eggcessoories.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:23 PM   #7
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Don't get buyers remorse, you did good, yesterday, you were talking about an Old Smokey. Enjoy your BGE, I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:28 PM   #8
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Buy a cheap kettle as a side kick.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:28 PM   #9
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But, I just cook a 12lb brisket and 10 lb pork but at the same time. Had no problems.
You cooked these on your large Egg?
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:33 PM   #10
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How many people max, do you need to feed at one time? And what will you cook to do that?

For sausage, hotdogs, steak etc. it doesn't take long, and shouldn't be a problem to send the food out in waves unless you have a huge condiment station. For steak, it may be a little different and that may call for a larger cooker if you are cooking thick, large cuts (t-bone, porterhouse, ribeye etc.).
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:34 PM   #11
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You cooked these on your large Egg?
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:47 PM   #12
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BGE for you and the wife, UDS for large groups.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:52 PM   #13
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UDS?

The majority of the time I'm just cooking for me, my wife and son, and maybe a friend of his or two. If I have 10 to 16 people over, I guess I wouldn't be doing an hours-long smoke, anyway. On the BGE catalog there's a photo of Kevin Rathbun standing beside what looks like a large Egg, so I think I'm fine. That suggestion for a small kettle for overflow is also a good idea. I'm pretty sure that I could fit four or five nice steaks on the large.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:53 PM   #14
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check out the adjustable rig.

this was a full tenderloin on a large bge. this is on the adjustable rig without the top grate on.

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