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Friday
Aug262011

Which Big Green Egg should I buy?

As I've mentioned in the past, I've done cooking demonstrations for the local Big Green Egg dealer and have inadvertnetly become the resource for friends & neighbors who have questions about BBQ.  Okay so maybe that wasn't so inadvertent, but I do get asked for input to a variety of BBQ & grilling related questions and I'm quite long on opinion.  =)

One of the most common questions I get is "Which Big Green Egg should I buy?".  And in my normal fashion, I answer that question with a question of my own.  How many people are you going to cook for?  Or, How much meat do you typically cook at one time?

I think these questions are much more relevant than the frequency with which you use your grill or even what things you like to cook.  The latter is really a testament to the felxibility of the Big Green Egg.  Grill (hot & fast) or smoke (low & slow), it's the most versatile outdoor cooking device I've ever seen or used.

Nonetheless, here's my recommendations for which BGE to buy.

  • If you normally cook for less than a dozen people, I'd buy a large.
  • If you normally cook for just your immediate family, I'd buy a large.
  • If you like to accessorize your major purchases, I'd buy a large.  There are tons more accessories from Big Green Egg and 3rd party manufactures for this size than any other.
  • Now if, like me, every time you fire up the grill you draw a crowd, then I'd get an X-Large.
  • Mini-Med: 
    • To me, these sizes fit niche uses. 
    • I think a medium is a great addition for someone who already owns a Large, or wants to use it for times when you're cooking for just yourself &/or your spouse.
    • A small might be good for the RV, tailgaiting, or an activity where portability is important.
    • Mini?  I can't think of a good use for a mini except maybe as a paperweight or conversation piece in your den.  I just can't imagine ever getting much use from that size Egg.

Well that's the selection criteria as I see it.  Am I right or wrong?  Let me know by leaving a comment.


Cheers,
Braddog