Big Green Egg Mini Max Charcoal Grill Review

Big Green Egg Mini Max

$599.00
8.7

Construction Quality

9.0/10

Temperature Control

9.5/10

Smoking Ability

7.5/10

Features

8.0/10

Durability

9.5/10

Pros

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

Cons

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

Specifications

  • 13-inch diameter cooking surface (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
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Full Review – Big Green Egg Mini Max

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 grate of the small (not the mini) so the space is larger, but it is still a small, portable, table top grill. Yes, it weighs 76 pounds so as a portable it is still 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 Mini Max 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 is 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 an little infrared grill with the authentic smoke flavor of charcoal, then this is a great little grill.