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Old 10-19-2020, 08:53 PM
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Default Green Egg or pellet grill

Almost time to replace my old grill. I have been researching both pellet grills and BGE/Kamado type grills. Iíve about 90% decided to go with the BGE due to the ability to get a better sear on steaks, burgers, etc. The bad thing is Iíve never actually cooked on either so Iím going in blind. Just basing my decision on what others are saying in reviews and on forums like this. Opinions???
Old 10-20-2020, 10:08 AM
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I vote for the Green Egg. That is purely from the flavor profile you get from cooking on the Egg.
Neighbor has the Traeger pellet = simple set it forget it cooking system. He gets great results, but it is missing that true BBQ flavor IMO.
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These are two completely different cooking devices. I'm an egg guy. Got a buddy who LOVES his pellet cookers. We both cook great. It kind of comes down to if you want to build a fire or flip a switchÖ I prefer the fire.
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I have an XL egg but I can see the convenience of the pellet grill. The Egg is great for steaks or bone in chicken breasts. The meat tends to stay juicier even on a well done cook. If I was going to do more smoking than grilling I might lean toward the pellet grill. With a decent amount of lump coal my egg will easily get to 800 degrees for searing something or doing a Pizza. The other advantage is all the accessories they make for the egg. Covid screwed it up this year but try and get to an Eggfest. You will learn a lot and be blown away by all the stuff you can get for the Egg. Good luck.
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I agree with the BGE. I have a large BGE and a KJ Jr. Check out the egghead forum. Lots of good information on there.
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Thanks to all of you for the opinions. I have been leaning towards the BGE because of the ability to sear. I really have no preference when considering lighting charcoal or turning on a switch for pellets. Have done a lot of research, reading reviews from various sites including the egghead forum, etc. I guess my biggest concern with the BGE is that ALL accessories have to be purchased extra. That’s not a deal killer though. That being said, what accessories would be considered most useful and necessary? I have also been wondering how much trouble it is to add wood chips/chunks to keep a good long slow smoke going?
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Probably the most important accessory for the egg is the plate setter. It blocks the flame for indirect cooking. I don't have it but theres a thermostat fan that controls the temperature for long slow cooks. You really don't need a ton of stuff but its nice to know its available. The nest is important unless you're putting it in a permanent spot.
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Originally Posted by peacemon View Post
Probably the most important accessory for the egg is the plate setter. It blocks the flame for indirect cooking. I don't have it but theres a thermostat fan that controls the temperature for long slow cooks. You really don't need a ton of stuff but its nice to know its available. The nest is important unless you're putting it in a permanent spot.
The one Iím looking at is an XL and mounted in a table.
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The one Iím looking at is an XL and mounted in a table.
How many people will you normally be cooking for? I cook for 4 usually and a large would have been plenty but it was gifted to me so I'm happy with it. I'd just use less lump charcoal with the large. when you say its in a table do you mean a custom setup or the egg nest?
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If I had to chose 1 it would be bge. That said, the way I use them They are very different.
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I have both, although the pellet is a cheaper model, go with the egg. BGE and eggsessories are expensive but they last. if you want temp control over a long period get an egg genius https://biggreenegg.com/product/egg-genius/ although once you get use to your egg they are generally pretty consistent. I also find I don't generally need to add word chips or chunks for extra smoke, to me that is too much smoke. Only thing that hasn't held up well was their drip pan, the Teflon coating came off fairly quick, I bought a stainless panela pan to use for my water/drip pan the other day so we will see.
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Egg and a Griddle like a blackstone and be done.

There is often great deals on eggs on marketplace
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Originally Posted by Tommy81459 View Post
Thanks to all of you for the opinions. I have been leaning towards the BGE because of the ability to sear. I really have no preference when considering lighting charcoal or turning on a switch for pellets. Have done a lot of research, reading reviews from various sites including the egghead forum, etc. I guess my biggest concern with the BGE is that ALL accessories have to be purchased extra. Thatís not a deal killer though. That being said, what accessories would be considered most useful and necessary? I have also been wondering how much trouble it is to add wood chips/chunks to keep a good long slow smoke going?
Had an egg for years that I sold recently to move to a pooper.

If you want to go ceramic, take a hard look at Kamado Joe. They've been innovating in the past few years in a way that BGE simply hasn't. And most of the accessories you're really going to want to come with it. And it's less expensive to boot.

Adding wood during the cooking process is hard - have to take apart half the grill, including at least on heat shield. Not impossible, but not something I ever really did.

As to ceramic vs. pellet.... You can make great food on both. I think the pellet is demonstrably easier to set up, use, and clean. It really is set it and forget it... The egg temp control is great too, but it's not PID controlled. More smoke on the ceramic, but you can close that gap with a smoke tube.

I sear pretty well on the pellet, but it's not as good as the ceramic. Granted, the ceramic was also totally freaking overkill for searing. As much fun as it is to sear at 900 degrees, it didn't really get me much more than a 600 degree sear. I use grill grates and it helps alot.

I would not give up the ease of use of the pellet just to get the sear from the ceramic. Too easy to get a similar sear in other ways.

Also, there are some pellet grills that do a better job searing. Mak grills are expensive, but apparently are the real deal for smoke flavor and sear capability.
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If you are going with an Egg you will for sure want the place setter. That and the cast iron grill is nice. Add about any generic pizza stone and you are good to go with about anything you'd want to cook. Keep your receipts. The egg itself is pretty tough but if you cook a lot the components will eventually break down and need replacement. My fire box for example is in pieces, my inner ring has a crack and my cast iron grill split in half. Now this is after about 20 years of cooking on the thing so... grain of salt.
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I went with the Kamado over the Egg due to what appeared to be a much more flexible cooking platform. The Classic II (I think that is the style) has the ability of cooking on different levels within the grill. I can divide the grates in such a way that I might have 4 different positions available, each of which with a different exposure to heat and/or proximity to the coals. I did not see that flexibility with the Egg when I looked a year ago. To my eye the Kamado just looked like it had superior engineering. Either way you can't go wrong.
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I have a green egg and a traeger. I use them for different things but if I could only keep one of the grills on my deck it would be my egg, hands down. They are Extremely versatile and your options to what you can cook on a Kamado style grill really are endless.

as for adding wood chunks during the cook, you donít need to. Add a few after you start the charcoal and let it ride. The kamado grills burn so efficiently you donít need to add chunks as the cook goes on. For shorter cooks, 6-8 hours, you will still have quite a bit of charcoal left and I usually have some wood chunks not completely gone.

I donít get much smoke flavor from my traeger, but it is very convenient. I use it during the week usually because like posted above it is as easy as turning a knob and walking away. Is a good addition but I would not have it as my only grill.

with all that being said, if I were to buy a ceramic grill today I would most likely go with the kamado joe classic 2. Comes with most every accessory you could need included in the price. Large green egg is around $900, egg ONLY.

hope this helps
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Originally Posted by peacemon View Post
How many people will you normally be cooking for? I cook for 4 usually and a large would have been plenty but it was gifted to me so I'm happy with it. I'd just use less lump charcoal with the large. when you say its in a table do you mean a custom setup or the egg nest?
It’s mounted in an acacia wood table.

I will mostly be cooking just for family but I like to cook a lot at one time so we can have leftovers for a few days or maybe freeze some for later.
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Originally Posted by washedupoffroader View Post
Egg and a Griddle like a blackstone and be done.

There is often great deals on eggs on marketplace
I have a 36Ē Blackstone too.
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The Pit Boss pellet grills have an option to get a sear:


Also a fair bit less $$$ than traegers. Flavor wise, better pellets better flavor.
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