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Old 05-10-2008, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default First Cook in XL Big Green Egg

Ok, here's my first stuff... Had pork tenderloin off of it tonight... delicious!




Pork Tenderloin, with mixed greens w/ balsamic vinaigrette. The tenderloin was slathered with seedless blackberry preserves, chipotle chile powder, salt and pepper.


Then I made a blackberry/chipotle sauce to try on it.. defintely worth doing again!


2 Butts and 2 brisket flats are currently going; I'm hoping they last all night. The egg has been running in the 210-220 range all evening, and I'm just hoping I can trust it overnight!
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:20 PM   #2
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you might wanna bump that dome temp up to around 250... the dome temp is usually higher than the grid temp at the beginning of an indirect smoke. seen a lot of people's fires go out overnight when they smoked at lower than 250. also, fashion a wiggle rod out of some wire or a hangar or something to wiggle up thru the holes in the charcoal grate from below through the lower draft door. this will stir the lump and knock any ashes thru the holes.

if the egg's been stable at 220 all evening, you shouldn't have a problem though.

looks like you took the firering out?

oh yeah... nice shots!
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Yeah, i took the fire ring out to make sure everything fit... plate setter is underneath with foil over to save it from getting too much fat on it first cook.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:36 PM   #4
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Yeah, i took the fire ring out to make sure everything fit... plate setter is underneath with foil over to save it from getting too much fat on it first cook.
i always use a drip pan. the short legs of the xl plate setter make the drip pan a little tricky

watch the stem of the thermometer if you really have it packed in there and use a spacer if necessary so the stem doesn't stick in so far. doesn't look like a problem for this cook.

so how many hours do you plan on sleeping before checking the egg?
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I'm going to check it in about 5 minutes, then probably aroudn 6:30, so about 6 1/2 hours... too long?
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:15 PM   #6
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I'm going to check it in about 5 minutes, then probably aroudn 6:30, so about 6 1/2 hours... too long?
use the force, curt!

i've never done an overnighter on an xl, soooooo...
good luck. should be alright if you've been stable for awhile. i'd give her a stir with a wiggle rod though
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:21 PM   #7
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Congrats on the XL and don't forget to update signature.
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I just checked everything... seems to be riding nicely at 220 ish.. I wiggled stuff around,, some ash fell out... still sitting where I want it, I think!
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The third and fourth picture look like they came out of a magazine. Nice job. I'll bet that was delicious.
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I woke up at 5:45 am, went out to check, and it's pouring! Things are close to done, so I'll keep things moving along.
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Great job and congrats again on the cooker.
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Congrats on the new egg. Food looks great.
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I woke up at 5:45 am, went out to check, and it's pouring! Things are close to done, so I'll keep things moving along.
i forgot to tell you this part... get a rain cap for the metal top to keep the rain out or use an easy-up like i do
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Looking good Curt

Are you bringing the egg next weekend
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Congrats on your new toy Curt! Looks like you've found the perfect mentor as well...
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