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Old 11-26-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Anyone Recommend Against using Green Eggs as their main cooker?

(Sorry for such a long post)

As a newbie getting ready to compete at 10 - 15 KCBS events next season I am trying to decide what cooker to go with. I know someone has stated on this forum that folks have won the Royal and Royal Invitational simply using trash cans. Bottom line I agree, it's really the cook not the cooker. However since I am just starting out, I'm just wondering if I have all the facts on the Green Egg and Ceramic cookers. Is there a disadvantage to the cooker that I'm not aware of? (besides fragility and weight)

In that same thread they list the top 20 KCBS teams and what they cook on and there were no Green Eggs in sight. I know weight/transportation and fragility is a huge factor when traveling week after week. However here is my question: If this were not a factor would anyone recommend AGAINST competing with Green Eggs? (week after week for 15 weeks)

My other options are something like a Backwoods or a Pellet Cooker.
I do like the idea of using a pellet cooker, (since I may end up being a one man team and the thought of setting it and forgetting it sounds very appealing). However, no one has ever been KCBS TEAM of the Year cooking on a pellet cooker either. I know a lot of folks will say, "many teams compete on Green Eggs". However, I am not seeing Pro teams that win consistently with them. Sure a lot of Eggs come out for folks that compete locally at one or two events per year as do the trash can smokers. In my limited experience I know DizzyPig uses Eggs and they do quite well. However they are also sponsored by BGE. I asked the chief cook of one of the top KCBS teams what was his view and he stated: "I'd love to have an Egg to make pizza in my back yard"

I personally love the eggs it's what I know and what I'm comfortable with however I can certainly use some BBQ wisdom from you guys the REAL pros.

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Old 11-26-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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I don't compete, but one con I could see is space - will you have enough space to cook everything you need? That may not be an issue depending how many Eggs you have access to. Will be following this thread.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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That's a good point I should have included it in my post. However, space is not an issue. I believe I've got everything pretty much figured out.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:51 PM   #4
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How many & which size BGE's do you presently own & how much meat do you plan to cook ?

Fragility and space are two common issues. For those using 2-3 BGE's cost starts approaching pellet cookers, cabinet smokers & some decent offsets..

You've got to cook on what you're comfortable with.. There's no magical pit, as you noted, some of the best teams use drums, BGE's, WSM's, cabinets, offsets..
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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Vinny, In my trial runs I've made 2 briskets, 3 Butts, 4 racks and 18 thighs without a hitch. (Three Eggs) Space should not be an issue. My biggest concern is the flavor profile of the smoker. I like it but will the judges? Is it something that offends some judges? I know I get a great smoke ring, so that's not an issue. Could the flavor profile be different from what they are accustomed to..?
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:25 PM   #6
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When we started out we were using two eggs and a drum. It worked well for a while and we even had a 1st place brisket at one comp with the egg. Ultimately we didn't want to end up breaking an egg so we moved on to an FEC. I love my Eggs but that FEC has opened up a lot of technique options that are not possible in a large egg.

Now, you seem caught up on the fact that no TOY has gotten there with eggs. I think the reason for that boils down to the capacity of the eggs, the fragility, and they aren't too easy to move. Eggs can either produce a lot of smoke or they can burn clean so I believe they could produce BBQ capable of a TOY in the right hands all day long. As far as qty of smoke for winning BBQ, the egg is capable.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:27 PM   #7
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Eggs are great! Doc BBQ uses em, I'm pretty sure he does pretty good!

As far as Top 20 teams, wait a few years. The UDS's, WSM's, Pellets, and Offset cookers the teams use have been around for years. The eggs will have their due. What about Chris Lilly and his Kamado? He uses that thing to cook in competition, its a ceramic.

I've seen a team get rid of the fragility and transportation issues by mounting them to garden wagons. They have 9 of the XL's and compete a bunch here in Western NY.

As far as flavor profile, I have never tasted anything cooked on an egg that had a specific taste. What are you tasting that is different from other cookers?

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Old 11-26-2011, 03:58 PM   #8
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Thanks. I appreciate your comment. I think you stated it very well, makes perfect sense. Any chance I may PM you with a question?

Does Dr.BBQ still compete in KCBS sanctioned events? He's also a spokesman for BGE. If it's good for Chris Lilly that says a lot. In regards to flavor profile, I have not noticed anything different, but then again I'm not sure I've tasted BBQ from a Jambo either. However, I agree with AZscott it's about who's controlling the fire and some of the challenges he mentioned.
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:49 PM   #9
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Ive tried it before and it worked pretty well. The only issues are the ones brought up already. Space was the biggest issue I had. Also being such a heavy,fragile object as the Egg is was a concern.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:12 PM   #10
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this year we used 3 eggs and a backwoods competitor,and a FEC 500,the last month,we are now retooling,2012 will be a lg spicewine,2 eggs ,and the FEC..were doing ribs on the eggs,capacity can be an issue,they are fun too use,alot of people have questions about them.....they do hold moisture into your product.i have enjoyed using them,but having the FEC makes life somewhat easier.....dennis
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:32 PM   #11
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I wouldn't worry about what the "top" teams are doing -- worry about what you think will allow you to get your best product out. If you think you can put out your best 'que on Eggs, use Eggs.

FWIW, I think the reason Eggs aren't popular on the circuit is weight and lack of capacity. I think to be able to cook without too many tradeoffs and timing issues, you would need to use 3 (preferably 4) Eggs. 3 Large Eggs is what, 500 lbs and $2,250. For that kind of dough you could get a Backwoods Party, a WSM, a Guru and be 300 lbs lighter and still have some cash in your pocket.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:57 PM   #12
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I'm not gonna recommend against you competing on an Egg. Use what you want, though there are several reasons why I don't want to compete on one. I will give you one piece of advice I learned from the one time I competed on an Egg: If you have a smaller space in which to transport your Egg(s), don't think that you can easily just remove the bands which hold the body and lid together and re-attach them on site at a comp. It's darned near impossible unless you isolate the k value of the springs. Fortunately there was an Egg dealer there who talked to the organizer who had some vice grips and zip ties handy. Between three of us, we got Humpty Dumpty put back together, but it was touch and go for a while....
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:50 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by CUErious View Post
Thanks. I appreciate your comment. I think you stated it very well, makes perfect sense. Any chance I may PM you?.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:07 AM   #14
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Yaba Dabba Que is a top Team at New England BBQ Society (KCBS) events and they cook on Eggs. Cindy and Eric were NEBS Rookie TOY in 2009 (? year) and are always a threat to make the GC walk (and have) in one of the most competitive regions in the country.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:53 AM   #15
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Eggsecutive council use to cook on 4 eggs there is another team that cooks on 4 primos, they were having a smooth cook till a lid on one of the primos busted for no apparent reason. If I am gonna cook for 15 weeks straight I want a more industrial built pit that will handle the transporting and up and down temps without me worrying about one breaking mid cook
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