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Big Green Egg Mini Max Charcoal Grill Review

It’s the size of a bread box, costs well over $600USD, and can grill on large steak at a time. And yet, this is one of the best steak cooking machines in the world. Find out why the Big Green Egg Mini Max is one of the best pieces of cooking equipment money can buy.

Big Green Egg Mini Max Charcoal Grill
Big Green Egg Mini Max Charcoal Grill

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Big Green Egg Mini Max

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Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Versatility
Features
Performance

Specifications

  • 13-inch diameter cooking area (132 square inches)
  • Top vent cap is cast iron – bottom vent is stainless steel
  • Heavy ceramic shell holds heat and stops temperature fluctuations
  • Glazed interior makes it easy to clean
  • Total weight of 76 pounds
  • Porcelain-coated steel cooking grates
  • Made in Mexico by Big Green Egg

PROS

  • The perfect Steak Cooker
  • Excellent Temperature Control
  • Solid construction
  • Portable Kamado

CONS

  • Small Capacity
  • Heavy for a “portable”
  • Metal Work could use Improvement

Full Review – Big Green Egg Mini Max Charcoal Grill

Big Green Egg noticed an interesting trend a few years ago. Restaurants were using their smallest charcoal grill to grill steaks. The size was small and only one steak at a time could be cooked but fired up to its highest temperature it had the power of an infrared broiler with authentic charcoal flavor. This got them thinking and they introduced this little grill. It has the cooking grid of the small (not the mini) so the space is larger, but it is still a small, portable, tabletop grill. Yes, it weighs 76 pounds so as a portable it is still a very heavy little grill, but it is the most powerful portable on the market when you consider that it can produce 700 degree F cooking temperatures.

The Big Green Egg Mini Max Charcoal Grill is ideal for the person that wants the perfect steak or only wishes to grill small items. The airflow control is as good as any Kamado Grill, but the size makes smoking limited. Don’t buy this grill if you expect it to do serious barbecue. If, however, you want a lot of power in a very small space, then this is a great choice. I still wouldn’t recommend carting it around, though the two side handles help. If you have a good place to put it and want the power of a little infrared grill with the authentic smoke flavor of charcoal, then this is a great little grill.

About Me

I have been writing about Barbecue & Grilling for 25 years. I have cooked on almost every grill or smoker ever built. In that time, I have endeavored to match people with the grill or smoker that is right for them. I believe that the right product is the one that you find easy to use, capable of doing everything you want, and is reliable. If you have a good first experience, you will be back for more. In this way, we grow barbecue for the next generation. I want you to make the memories that your children will cherish.

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