Multiple Bunk Bed Baskets on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m always on a search for ways to add more cooking capacity to my Char-Broil Big Easy. I started with my homemade Wingin’ator 3000, which works great but you do have to make it yourself. Then Char-Broil came out with a cooking rack that gave you 5 cooking levels. Sadly, the rack wasn’t available for sale for long. A reader of Life’s A Tomato mentioned something to me the other day that should’ve occurred to me long ago: you can use two of the Char-Broil Bunk Bed Baskets at once, giving you 3 cooking levels! Doh!
Multiple Bunk Bed Baskets on the Char-Broil Big EasyIt’s as easy as it looks. Grab the basket that comes with your Big Easy and just lower two bunk bed baskets down into it, securing it with the handles on the sides. You’ll need to offset the two baskets by 90 degrees, otherwise the handles from the lower basket will interfere with the top basket. You can kind of see that in the picture on the right, above.

You’ll get about 3″ of cooking room on each level, plenty for wings or drumsticks. You can fit up to 6 chicken breasts on too, if they aren’t too huge. All in all, it’s a win-win!

The nice thing about this approach is that all of the baskets are dishwasher-safe, readily available, and easy to use. You don’t get quite as much cooking room as with a Wingin’ator 3000 or the (now unavailable) cooking rack, but 3 levels is plenty for a good cookout!

Did you know you can also use a wok on the Big Easy? Check out my post on how to stir-fry on the oil-less fryer.

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6 thoughts on “Multiple Bunk Bed Baskets on the Char-Broil Big Easy

  1. How do I stack the individual bunk bed baskets ?
    I need three high stacked
    Is there a stand or holder I get with the baskets ?
    Thank you in advance for your time

    • Hi! You can put two bunk bed basket inside of the basket that comes with the Char-Broil Big Easy. It takes a bit of tweaking to get the second one in, but you can do it. Those two baskets and the original basket will give you 3 cooking levels. You’ll want about 3″ of room between each level, which gives you room for the bunk bed basket handles.

      Hope that helps,
      Mike

    • What I do is, buy those 9 inch round cooling racks for a few bucks a piece, put S hooks on them, and use them as “bunk bed” racks. They’re a lot cheaper and you can fit more on there. The S hooks can be small, and you pinch the bottom part with needle nose pliers so they stay on.

  2. I did 3 chicken quarters last weekend and I had place the two larger ones on the bottom and then use the chicken leg rack on the top and it cooked way faster than the two larger ones on the bottom of the basket. Is that telling me that the lower part does no get as hot as the upper part of the cooker?

    I was thinking if I got the baskets then even if I just wanted to do of them and placed it a litter higher then it make cook them faster?

    Then when I needed to do 3 or four then I could just put them on the leg rack just above them and all cook like they should?

    What are your thoughts on this idea?

    • Hi. I’ve run into times when the various ‘levels’ cooked at greatly different temps. And then some times, they didn’t. Wind and weather play a big part in that but it can also just be ‘it is what it is’. I always test temps in multiple places. It’s not uncommon for me to pull some pieces off the cooker before others. I either foil them or cover them with a plate or put them in a warming drawer while the remaining pieces finish. I also sometimes rotate levels, but it really depends on what I’m cooking. Some things are easier to rotate than others. Some times it’s just not worth the effort of getting everything to finish at exactly the same time.

      I’m not sure I helped you any, but I know what you mean.
      Mike

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