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Old 12-21-2015, 04:57 PM   #1
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Question Big green egg vs Offset smoker

Alright I'm in the market for a new pit/smoker .... Really don't want to spend over $1000 but for a good smoker seems like it's closer to the $2000 price mark ..... I've tried 2nd hand/ used but no luck .... My dilemma is, if I spend the money for a good off set smoker should I just buy the big green egg. Figured a XL with all the attachments is easy $1600 ... Which would buy a decent stick burner..... The other option is going to Buccees and buying the Texas pit they sell I think for around $750 .... Says limited lifetime warranty. Has anyone purchased one ? Also is the egg worth the money ? Anyone selling a used egg ? Or just bite the bullet and spend the money on of of those nice looking pits from big bear I think is the name? ...., maybe someone else had insight ? Currently I have a masterbuilt electric smoker a charcole grill a gas grill and a smoker that's to big for normal daily use. Looking to replace all and just keep my big smoker (for big get togethers) and a daily use grill/smoker.
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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I don't have a BGE, but I have an AKORN and I like it, but it won't do what my offset smoker does. I have a Life Tyme pit and love it! I bought it from my dad and he got it back in the 80's. I know this doesn't help you much, but I'm glad I have both.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:01 PM   #3
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Anything helps thank you for info .... Does the acorn leave a good bark on a brisket?
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Big green egg vs Offset smoker

I have a Kamodo Joe, ceramic egg cooker. I've made a bunch of pork shoulders and they come out great, with nice bark and color. I cooked one, raggedy brisket, and it was poor. I think the meat was poor, but I haven't tried it since.

I've done chicken, a bunch of ribs, pizza, and steaks on it too and everything has turned out very pleasing.

I'm a huge fan of my egg, and think it is pretty near what a real smoker can do. Only difference is the egg doesn't need babysitting.


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Old 12-21-2015, 08:52 PM   #5
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You aught to be able to find a nice smoker for 1000 bucks on Craigslist.

Personally I think you could do the same stuff on a BGE.
If you run it like a vertical smoker.

Personally once my work situation settles down and I know I'm gonna be somewhere for a while. I'm going to build a brick smoker. Gotta be cheaper than either option.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:00 AM   #6
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I currently cook on a Primo XL, but have cooked on stickburners quite a bit in the past. In my opinion, there is no substitute for the quality of bbq that comes off of a stickburner. But you can get some good food off of a ceramic pit. You will get good flavor, color, bark and smoke ring from a ceramic pit. Not quite as good as what you get from a stickburner, but plenty good enough.

The biggest advantage of a ceramic is the ability to set the pit and leave it alone for hours. I don't know about you, but I just don't have enough free time to babysit a smoker. If I had a stickburner, I wouldn't be able to use it nearly as much as i use my Primo. The ability to get it set up, put the meat on and leave and run errands for several hours is a very important advantage for me. Also, ceramic pits are more flexible. You can go high heat or low heat or anything in between. You can turn a ceramic pit into a pizza oven. You can make a killer Paella on a ceramic pit.

But it all boils down to what you want, what you need and how you intend to use the pit.

Do you have plenty of down time to be chained to a pit feeding logs every hour or so? Or are you a busy person with a lot going on? Be honest with yourself on that so you know what works best for you. A quality stickburner is a wonderful thing to have, but it is definitely not for everybody.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:06 AM   #7
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I've got the primo xl which is the american made oval version of a big green egg. Look it up the info is all over the net on how these are better ceramic grills. Before I bought my primo i had an electric smoker, charcoal grill, and gas grill. All of them did their job just okay. The primo is everything I could ask for in a grill. Like everyone has stated you can load it up with lump charcoal put on a butt or brisket and let it roll for 20+ hours without ever lifting the lid to add more charcoal. It'll get 700 degree hot for searing steaks or cooking pizza and it'll it nice and low for long smokes. Here was my first butt on the grill. I'd say it puts on a pretty good bark.

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Key to the primo is that it's oval so you have more usuable real estate and you can also build a fire on one side and do indirect cooking/smoking.

lifetime warranty too.
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MIB is exactly right. A ceramic will do great bbq and doesn't have to be baby sat. And has all the extra versatility. The down side is limited capacity.

I use my egg when I. Just doing a small batch for me and my wife. I have a smokin tex electric that can handle the capacity of a good size stick burner.

Both are set and forget and both produce great results.

I know the purists with stick burners will shudder, but I just don't have the time to be a purist.

Nobody has ever refused to eat my bbq.
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i don't mind baby sitting a stick burner for some ribs or maybe a whole chicken, what I dread is thanksgiving 18# turkey smokes..... takes a huge amount of time. ive never tried anything off a ceramic just know the set and forget sounds great and the fact that its not fueled by a heating element.... where did the primo owners buy their grill?? is it dealer also like the BGE? I also looked into pellet grills but I noticed they don't have the heat for a good steak. and also I read they eat up a lot of expensive pellets. Thanks for all the info !
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i don't mind baby sitting a stick burner for some ribs or maybe a whole chicken, what I dread is thanksgiving 18# turkey smokes..... takes a huge amount of time. ive never tried anything off a ceramic just know the set and forget sounds great and the fact that its not fueled by a heating element.... where did the primo owners buy their grill?? is it dealer also like the BGE? I also looked into pellet grills but I noticed they don't have the heat for a good steak. and also I read they eat up a lot of expensive pellets. Thanks for all the info !

Spatchcock your turkey.
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