I’ve had the Large Big Green Egg for almost 5 years now and since I’ve bought my first egg, they’ve expanded their line-up of sizes. Hunter got a MiniMax BGE for his first Birthday, but really let’s be honest- it was really an excuse for me to try out a new grill! Of course, how many 1 year olds get a BGE for their first birthday- he’s spoiled already!
My husband Scott was skeptical at first by it’s size. He thought we wouldn’t be able to do much on it. If you look at the line up of Big Green Eggs, they expanded and now offer 7 Eggs starting with the Mini all the way up to the XXlarge. So while you can roast an entire pig on the XXL Big Green Egg, the Mini is really a 1-2 person picnic/portable grill. The MiniMax, second smallest in the lineup, is really the perfect size for ultimate flexibility. While the grill surface area is enough to grill for 4 people or smoke a rack of ribs, what I enjoy about its size is that it is easy to tote around with two people. It comes in its own carrier, and it is really easy to carry with two people- one person per handle. This makes it super easy to take with you to a tailgate, pool party, or to a friend’s house who wants to have the “Eggsperience”.
I was a little skeptical of the surface area for cooking at first, but I’ve found it to be the perfect size for a night with just myself and my husband Scott. We could also easily fit enough food on the grill for 2 more people for a total of 4. We’ve enjoyed carrying this grill out to the edge of the patio where it meets the yard and sitting around it while grilling, much like you would around a campfire. When given the choice of using this or the large BGE lately, if it’s just the two of us- it just makes sense to use the Minimax. Why?
Because of its smaller size, the charcoal is ready faster. And this is an awesome benefit for weeknight grilling when we might be tempted to use a grill that can get going faster than the large BGE!
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And while the Minimax is smaller, it still is proportionally sized for grilling perfection. The coals are not too close to the meat; everything is just as it should be. It comes with a plate setter so you can make pizzas, do some baking or even smoke a rack of ribs. Again, the idea with this one is that you can have your (insert favorite activity here) and eat it too, because you can now easily take the MinMax with you.
A perfect example of a great use of the Minimax BGE is my friends who moved from their house across the street here in Hollywood, FL to move back to the big city, or Brooklyn, rather. They have been spoiled by cooking on a BGE and got a Minimax to put on their now very small apartment patio.
In summary, I highly recommend the MiniMax BGE for anyone who is looking for the BGE experience but is looking for portability. This is also a good choice for someone who is looking for the “Eggsperience” but is just getting their feet wet and may not be looking to smoke large quantities of meat. With the Minimax, you can grill for up to 4 people at a time, a whole spatchcocked chicken, bake a small to medium-ish sized pizza, or even do a rack of ribs. So, in my mind, if you’re looking to learn more about the BGE Lifestyle but may not have the budget for a large or XL or may only be cooking for 2 people, then the MiniMax is a great one to add to the family. From there, you may want to add a bigger one later as all Eggheads eventually like to add on to their Egg family. As you’ll see, there is something a little bit addicting about the grill itself and why their loyal followers are called “Eggheads”. It truly is a lifestyle.