Pictured below is a landmark for me and one of lifeâ€™s simple pleasures. You see below the first charcoal grilled hot dog Iâ€™ve ever made as an adult. It was a long time coming. One of the reasons I made it, was Iâ€™ve heard some claim that even a hot dog tastes better on a BGE. This hot dog was as good as the best hot dogs Iâ€™ve grilled on my current gas grill. Better? I canâ€™t say that. Excellent? Absolutely. This was the first higher temperature direct grill session on my new egg. While it turned out fine, it was hot dogs for one and made me realize Iâ€™ve got some learning to do. I figured if I indulged folks with a little mid-summer food porn, I might ask them a few questions while they were here.
A landmark event: My first charcoal grilled hotdog as an adult.
Done and looking pretty good IMHO.
One of lifeâ€™s simple [pleasures.
Now I know there are a lot of Eggheads around here and I also know there is the BGE message board. When I do a search there I often have trouble separating signal from noise in the search results. But frankly the main reason is I like the level of discourse around here better. Folks seem to be somewhat easier on the newbâ€™s and donâ€™t seem to hold (or at least express) such strong unalterable opinions. And donâ€™t get me wrong, even though Iâ€™ve been on this board for 7 years, I am a newb when I comes to direct grilling with charcoal. I used my CG purely as an indirect smoker. The last time I grilled on a charcoal grill Sgt. Peppers was the talk of the summer of â€™67.
So Iâ€™d like to ask a couple questions about the care of my BGE. Also after doing the hot dogs today, I have several big picture questions about charcoal grilling, both on the BGE and in general. I donâ€™t expect folks to go into great depth, big picture answers that point me in the right direction are fine. But Iâ€™m not stopping anybody who wants to elaborate either.
Charcoal in General:
I somehow instinctively just knew I wanted the dogs to go over the lit coals and to put the buns away from the lit coals. I didnâ€™t really even give that a thought. However here is my question: When the grill got up to my target temperature of 400 degrees there was an area of lit coals 10-12â€