grilling 24x7 logo charcoal picture new york strip steaks hot wings on the charcoal grill

Home

Smoking

Grilling Tools

Tailgating Recipes

Giveaways

Contact/About

Recent Updates

Search My Recipes

September 29, 2012
The Little Black Egg
Using the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker as a Charcoal Grill

using the WSM as a charcoal grill


A big dilemma that most folks have is what type of grill to use for tailgating. Do you lug a big Weber kettle? Do you use a mini Smokey Joe? Do you settle for a Weber Q propane setup? Well here is another option and this is a good one. The Weber Smokey Mountain BBQ smoker can be easily modified to be used as a small and very portable charcoal grill.

On the web this is commonly referred to as the "Little Black Egg." Isn't that clever? A nice play on the Big Green Egg grill that so many people love to grill on. To first understand how this works you need to see that the Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) is comprised of three major pieces. A bottom (where the charcoal and smoke wood goes), a middle area (where the middle grate and top grate sit - when you are smoking), and a top dome. All you have to do is remove the middle section. This shrinks the smoker down to what looks like a little black egg!

using a WSM to grill at a tailgate

If you look in close to the above picture you'll see a charcoal ring. This comes with the smoker and helps keep the large amount of coals away from the vents and helps with air flow. I like to use this for the little black egg setup because the grate can sit right on top of the ring. If you look closely inside the smoker there are three bolts which hold the legs on the smoker. This is a problem. If you use these bolts to rest the grate on you will have a wobbly grate. Using three bolts to rest a grate on isn't too secure. However, the charcoal ring allows the grate to sit just below these bolts and provides for a nice secure foundation for the grate to rest on since there is grate support all around.

Another nice feature of the little black egg is that you have three air vents at the bottom. This allows for a lot of air flow control compared to the typical charcoal grill which has one vent at the bottom.

My only problem with the little black egg is that the dome of the smokey mountain smoker does not have an adequate 'lip' to rest safely on the bottom portion of the smoker. It is designed to have a middle section, which has the appropriate lip to fit snug with the top and bottom pieces. This isn't the end of the world but it does mean that you can have the lid slide off if you aren't careful. I've never had this happen but it is possible for the lid to slide off if bumped since the pieces sit on top of one another with the same dimensions. Normally a charcoal grill dome will be a bit larger than the base to allow the dome to sit snug on top. Not here. Both pieces are the same size. No big deal; just be careful.

One of the main reasons I wanted to use the little black egg setup is that we needed a high charcoal heat at the tailgate and we needed more surface area. The Smokey Joe is a great little grill, don't get me wrong. But you are simply limited with the small grate surface area. The pictures above show my Weber Smokey Mountain which is an 18.5 inch. This is the small version. The 22 inch model also works well for this.

using a WSM to grill

For my first time trying out the little black egg I grilled a blue cheese burger. I had a burger patty that was sitting in the freezer for a while. It had a simple peppercorn dry rub on it already and I had some extra blue cheese sitting around. I lit the coals by putting a small piece of newspaper under a charcoal chimney. I let the coals catch on fire and then dumped them over one half of the grill. The burger cooked easily over direct heat. I moved the burger to indirect heat and added some blue cheese. I closed the dome to melt the cheese a bit. Yup it worked well!

bluecheese burger on a smokey mountain

I'm pretty excited I found out about this little modification to the WSM. The little black egg is easy to fit into any car and has much more surface area than the standard portable grills.

Below are a few tailgating pictures from M+T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. I took these with my cellphone at the tailgate. The first shows the charcoal chimney being lit and the second shows a grill full of grilled Taylor Pork Roll, English Muffins and a cast iron skillet with eggs.

using a WSM to grill at a tailgate

using a WSM to grill at a Baltimore tailgate

Disclaimer: These opinions are my own. I am not endorsed to say any of the above. I just happen to think the little black egg setup of the Weber Smokey Mountain is pretty cool and works really well for tailgate grill.

Recent Posts


HTML Comment Box is loading comments...




By John Thomas
Find me on Google+
Copyright 2008-2014



rss feed twitter facebook
Print Friendly and PDF



Photo and Recipe Archive
Click to Expand
Each Heading or Search


Most Popular on Grilling24x7.com

A homemade bbq sauce recipe, the whiskey sour bbq sauce recipe
An easy recipe for homemade guacamole on top of a bacon guacamole burger - perfect tailgate recipe
A Baltimore Maryland Style Pit Beef Sandwich Recipe Just like the Maryland State Fair
an easy homemade gyro recipe using sliced brats and topped with an easy homemade tzatziki sauce
pulled pork tacos with spicy sriracha cole slaw for leftover pulled pork
sliced brisket recipe
chili dog recipe
easy bobby flay rib glaze
homemade fast food from mcdonalds
rotisserie chicken on webers rotisserie attachment
grilled MD style shrimp with old bay seasoning steamed
Automatic temperature controller for a BBQ smoker such as a WSM or BGE or UDS
Pit Barrel Cooker Review - Spare Ribs and Thanksgiving Turkey on the PBC - Grilling24x7.com

                   

Guest Posts and Partners

Contemporary Dining Suites, Dining Sets and Dining Furniture With Furn-On

Replacement Weber Flavorizer Bars for Great Performance!

Top Chef University App Review

What To Look For
In Gas Grills
For Under $300


A Few of My Favorite Grilling Sites

Another Pint Please

Patio Daddio BBQ

MmmGoBluBBQ



Homemade Pizza Recipes at PizzaPie24x7!

grilling24x7 on grilling.com

grilling recipes on Glen Burnie Patch

More Stuff


a thermapen grilling thermometer

a thermapen grilling thermometer

I get commission if you purchase through the above 3 links!



Links