08 Oct High-Tech Grilling With The Big Green Egg
What has your charcoal grill done for you lately?
Put your grill to the test and see if it can still keep up with the grill tech of today.
If grilling with charcoal is a passion of yours, you more than likely have come across the Big Green Egg before. This versatile grill has become a very popular grill among charcoal enthusiasts and has become a common sight at competitions.
We are going to take a look at how the Big Green Egg works, some key features that make it unique and the variety of options to make the perfect grill for your needs. Let’s get cooking.
How The Egg Cooks
The Big Green Egg is manufactured from high fiber ceramics developed for the Space Shuttle program designed to reflect heat.
The draft opening at the base is used to provide oxygen and ventalation to the grill.
There is a daisy wheel damper on top which is used to allow air flow control and temperature regulation. The more air flow results in a higher temperature.
Between the base and lid there is a gasket made of felt that maximizes moisture retention during long cookouts.
The sealed design of the grill is what delivers such a slow burn that uses much smaller amounts of charcoal compared to a regular grill.
Features & Highlights
Easy To Start, Easier To Finish
Because of the design of the Egg allows air flow to work like a fireplace, lighting the charcoal is simple and safe. Once the fire is lit, the grill reaches cooking temperature and is ready for use in minutes. Cleanup is easy too, rresidual heat burns away any grease build-up inside the grill, just like a self-cleaning oven.
Top-Tier Grill Tech
What makes The Big Green Egg truly a one-of-a-kind grill are the patented components that have been implemented. These state of the art ceramic technologies provide improved insulation, shock tolerance and material strength to ensure they will not crack or deteriorate over time.
Complete Temperature Control
Cooking at exact temperatures is easy with precise air flow control. Using the daisy wheel damper on the lid, the Egg can maintain accuracy within a few degrees.
The Big Green Egg can be used in a variety of different ways. You can use it as a grill to make some smoky chicken and tri-tip, or use it as an oven and bake some delicious personal pizza’s for the family, or use it as a smoker and give your ribs the flavor you always thought they should have.
Because of it’s unique ceramic surface, the lid of the Big Green Egg cannot reach as high of temperatures as a metal grill. Dealing with lighter fluid can be dangerous, using an electric starter from Big Green Egg can take lighter fluid out picture completely.
Customized For You
The Big Green Egg is so easy and fun to customize, you never know what you will be inspired to cook. With so many choices, making your grill fit to your cooking style and needs is a must.
Big Green Egg offers countless of ways to customize your grill and outdoor kitchen. There are a variety of interesting, helpful accessories to set your grill apart. Just about the only thing you can’t customize is the color.
The Big Green Egg is available in 6 different sizes, all have the same functionality and features. Please keep in mind that some of the smaller grills may not be compatible with all of the accessory options.
This is the biggest Egg of them all, the XXLarge Big Green Egg can handle the largest family reunions or company cookouts. We are talking about a grill that is more than large enough to satisfy restaurant and catering needs. You will need to find quite a large crowd to tackle all of the ribs, steaks and burgers this monster can pump out.
The cooking area of the XLarge Big Green Egg can easily accommodate meals for large families and can efficiently prepare several meals over the coals at once.
The most popular size, the Large Big Green Egg is versatile enough to handle your weekend tri-tip cook-out or pizza party. Plus it is compatible with all EGGcessories.
The Medium Big Green Egg is the perfect size for smaller families and couples, plus it can still accommodate the most popular EGGcessories.
The Small Big Green Egg is an easy fit for smaller patios and balconies, this little guy can still handle four burgers or chicken breasts at a time.
The Mini Big Green Egg is the perfect solution for tailgating and picnics, not to mention it is the perfect grill companion to take on the next camping or boating trip.
The best way to customize the Big Green Egg and make it your own is by picking up some accessories to match your cooking style and dishes you like. There are a variety of cool and handy accessories that can help with any kind of cookout.
Starters & Charcoal
The days of using lighter fluid should be far behind you at this point there are now two much safer and easier solutions to getting the fire started.
Charcoal Starters – These light easily and are odorless and tasteless, with no chemical aromas or residue.
Electric Charcoal Lighter – For like ignition at the click of a finger, this handy device will have you cooking in minutes without even striking a match.
The Big Green Egg comes equipped with an precise thermometer to measure the temperature inside the grill. However, for an accurate reading of the food getting cooked, there are some interesting accessories to help you get the perfect cook with absolute certainty.
infrared Thermometer – Safely measures the temperature of cooking surfaces without contact for precise heat control every time.
Wireless Thermometer – Monitor anything you are cooking and the internal Egg temperature at the same time. The wireless receiver displays both temperatures simultaneously so you are in control at all times.
Big Green Egg BBQ Guru – Designed to hold the desired temperature in your Big Green Egg for hours on end. This temperature control system is so advanced it will gradually lower the cooking temperature so foods won’t overcook.
Stones & Cookware
Big Green Egg has an amazing selection of cookware that make grilling up your favorite foods easy and fun. Some cookware options include cast iron grids, v-racks for ribs, poultry roasters, drip and stir-fry pans, and dutch ovens to make some amazing stews, soups or chili. Adding some of these accessories will open up tons of tasty possibilities for your grill.
Tiered Racks – If you find yourself needing to cook several different foods at once or preparing meals for a large crowd, try increasing the amount of cooking space in your Egg by using tiered racks and add two to three more levels.
Griddles – Panini’s, eggs, bacon, pancakes, or sautéing vegetables, having a griddle on the grill expands the menu of delicious treats you can make with your Big Green Egg and allows more freedom to cook that would not be possible with the standard grid on it’s own.
Baking amazing personal pizza’s has been a big part of the Big Green Egg’s success. There are some really fun and helpful accessories like the rolling mat for dough, baking stones for regular crust or deep dish, or a calzone press. These will get the whole family excited for pizza night.
Pizza Peel – Available in aluminum or wood, the pizza peel provides a convenient way to handle pizza, calzones and bread while keeping your hands away from the heat.
Rockin’ Pizza Cutter – Cut down on cutting time with a pizza cutter. Simply press down and rock blade back and forth for quick and easy slices.
Slice Server – Serve up your tasty creations like a real Italian chef. Extra-wide blade is perfect for easy handling so you can serve up any impatient mouths in a hurry.
Tables & Islands
Because the Big Green Egg is so mobile, there is always a spot for one in any outdoor space. Some of these accessories can make the Egg easier to move around the backyard.
Large Nest – Equipped with wheels, the Large Nest raises the Egg to a comfortable cooking height.
Table Nest – Provides air flow beneath the Egg and are most commonly used for custom tables and outdoor kitchens.
Tables & Islands – Set up your own grill space with an table or island built for Big Green Egg grills. Islands come with drawers and cabinets to store your favorite cooking tools and accessories.
Why The Big Green Egg Is An Amazing Grill
It is hard to match the versatility of the Big Green Egg when it can be used as a grill, an oven and even as a smoker. There are too many ways to use this all in one charcoal grill.
2. So Many EGGcessories
Big Green Egg offers so many handy, innovative accessories that can do everything from transporting your Egg, light up your grill space, and help get the most out of the Egg.
3. The Countless Delicious Possibilities
Take a look at some of the amazing creations “EGGheads” have grilled up with their favorite grill.
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