I’ve cooked on a large Big Green Egg for nearly 7 years. I’ve also had the opportunity to cook on an XL a few times at Grillfest when I’ve done the Big Green Egg demos for the local dealer. But until recently, I’d never cooked on one of the smaller Eggs.
Over Thanksgiving, we made our annual trip to Pittsburgh. My Brother-in-law recently scored a medium Egg off of Craigslist, so while we were visiting I had the chance fire it up for a side of ribs.
Here are my observations about cooking on the Medium vs. my Large.
- I can lay 3 sides of baby back ribs flat across the cooking grate on my large. You certainly can’t do that on the medium.
- I’m not sure you could cook overnight without refilling the charcoal. A full load of Royal Oak lump only burned for ~5 hours (I grilled pork tenderloing when the ribs came off)
- It sure seemed like the medium cooked ribs quicker than my large.
- It was cold, but it felt like I had the vents open wider than I’m used to on the large to maintain a 250 dome temp.
There were no complaints with the finished product, but given my choice I’d prefer a large Egg for most things. However, I admit that I may be biased by my familiarity with the large.
What about you? Ever cooked on the other size Eggs? Leave me a comment and let me know what you though of your experince.