Have you heard of the Big Green Egg smoker grill? If you’re a grilling fan, you might already have one. If not, you might be wondering what all the talk is about regarding this marvelous outdoor smoker/grill.
Firstly, what’s a Big Green Egg (BGE)? The BGE is an exceptional type of smoker/grill since it’s designed with thick, high-quality ceramic on the inside and porcelain on outside. Compare it with conventional BBQ grills which are made with just metal which separates the charcoal from the outside temp.
Secondly, the BGE has an exclusive design – shaped like an egg. This design originated in Japan where instruments shaped like round earthen pots with a domed lid are used to steam rice. This type of design enables for loads of flexibility in the way the BGE could be used. For instance, you could use the Egg for grilling, baking or smoking.
Due to the materials it’s made with and the design, the BGE has the capability to maintain a specific level of temp for a long time period and with minimum charcoal regardless of what the outside temp is. You could even cook in the middle of winter when the temp is freezing with very little effect on the cooking temperature.
This BGE uses lump wood charcoal as opposed to briquettes that could have chemicals added that affect the taste of the food. Fire is never started with lighter fluid as it may also interfere with the food taste. Instead, paraffin starters could be used or an electrical starter. The fire is normally prepared in about ten minutes.
Thus, what’s your pleasure? How about a thick, juicy steak? No problem. Simply get the temperature to 700 degrees and grill away. Or, perhaps you would like to smoke a turkey. Fix the temperature to 300 degrees and go mow the lawn. The temp will be the same when you get back. Or, perhaps a pizza would fill the bill. With the BGE baking stone accessory, you could cook a fabulous pizza. There are many Big Green Egg recipes available from forums dedicated to the egg.
The one disadvantage is the Big Green Egg cost – around $700 for the big model. But, if you’re a grilling fan, you’ll be grateful for the flexibility, minimum charcoal use and quality of structure which insures an extended life. In addition, you can not beat the fantastic results!