When people first see a Big Green Egg, they are almost always intrigued as it is often hard to understand what exactly it does. Is the Big Green Egg a smoker? How is it different from a regular charcoal grill? Is it a pain to use it? I already have a gas grill. Is it worth investing in a Big Green Egg?
At Designer Appliances, we are a big enthusiast of Big Green Egg and wanted to share with you why we feel this way about this Kamado style grill and smoker. In fact, many in our staff own an EGG and already became quite firmly attached to the quality of its results. If you are around our store in Bedminster NJ or Montclair NJ over the weekends, you will often see us cooking lunch on a Big Green Egg.
Here is 5 reasons why we say Big Green Egg is a must;
1- Versatility in what you can accomplish
When you buy a Big Green Egg, you are not just buying a grill or a smoker. They call it the ultimate cooking experience for a reason, you can essentially cook anything on it. If you want to slow cook a pork butt, you can easily control it to cook low and slow at 200 degrees for up to 18 hours on one load of charcoal. If you want to sear a thick-cut-steak like a pro, you can get the Big Green Egg up to 750 degrees and do that as well. The Big Green also holds heat and surround cooks better than any pizza oven. And when it is time for dessert this will surround bake cookies or a pie to perfection.
2- Ease of use
We hear a lot of concerns people have that are worried it will be difficult to use or take forever to heat up. This couldn't be further from the truth. You can be ready to cook on your BGE in 10 minutes after lighting, which is about the same time a gas grill takes to heat up and far faster than traditional charcoal grills.
Once you get your firestarters (retails around $6.95) ready
follow these 4 easy steps to become a Grill Master:
Build a small pyramid of lump charcoal and place the firestarter in the middle.
Light up the firestarter (you can use 1 or 2 starters if you wish)
Let the firestarter do its job for 10-15 minutes. IMPORTANT - while you are starting your Big Green Egg keep the top lid open. Make sure the bottom is clear of past ashes, and the small vent in the bottom is fully open.
Here is what you will get within 10-15 minutes. Several nicely charred lump coal pieces. Now you can close the top lid and leave the top-vent open on the metal cap.
Big Green Egg is also very easy to use and quite forgiving. When you close the dome of the unit, it creates a tight seal. This does two significant things; 1-It makes controlling and holding a consistent temperature super easy using the top and bottom controls. 2-Moisture is held inside the unit, so your food doesn't dry out.
3- Healthy method of cooking
We highly recommend that you use lump charcoal with this cooking instrument. (retails at around $25.99 for a 20 lb bag) Trust me, this makes all the difference. It will make whatever you are cooking taste amazing.
Here is why:
- Big Green Egg - the company - goes through hell to set the standards on the charcoal to be certified to be all natural carbonized wood without additives, fillers, nitrates, chemicals, anthracite coal, limestone, or petroleum products.
- Lump charcoal starts faster
- Lump charcoal burns cleaner
- Lump charcoal get hotter and last longer
- Combine it with your favorite wood-chips for flavor and you will be the official grill-master of your neighborhood
The product is held to the highest standards as far a quality is concerned. You can certainly go buy a cheap grill and smoker at a big box store and save a couple bucks. However, you will not get the same results when cooking, and you will probably be replacing both within 5 years. When you buy a Big Green Egg, you are making an investment as it comes with a Lifetime warranty. Essentially, this should be the last outdoor cooking appliance that you have to buy.
5- It is fun for you and for your family
Once you become the grill-master for your family, you will soon get calls from your friends to attend their bbq's. They will ask you to demonstrate your talents with a Big Green Egg. At that point, you will realize that you need to expand your arsenal with a Mini-Max.
POPULAR SIZES and ACCESSORIES
Although the Big Green Egg comes in many different sizes, we find the following sizes best suited for most families:
X-Large Egg: If you entertain a lot and cook for large parties. Remember the bigger the Egg, the longer it takes to get it going. So, if you are looking to use the Egg on an everyday basis, you may want to consider a smaller version.
Grid Diameter: 24 inches, Cooking Area: 452 sq. inches
According to the company, X-Large Egg can cook "2x20-pound turkeys, 24 burgers, 11 whole chickens, 12 steaks, or 12 racks of ribs vertically."
Large Egg: Most favored and optimum size Egg. Heats up fast and large enough to handle everyday use as well as neighborhood parties.
Grid Diameter: 18 1/4 inches, Cooking Area: 262 sq. inches
According to the company, Large Egg can cook "20-pound turkeys, 12 burgers, 6 chickens vertically, 8 steaks, or 7 racks of ribs vertically."
Medium Egg: Great for city dwellers. We tend to sell it to our urban customers in greater New York City. Does not take too much space and super effective as a bbq and smoker.
Grid Diameter: 15 inches, Cooking Area: 177 sq. inches
According to the company, Medium Egg can cook "18-pound turkey, 6 burgers, 3 chickens vertically, 4 steaks, or 4 racks of ribs vertically."
Mini-Max: Portable & cute.
Is tiny, yet functional. Designed for portability.
Our previous article will provide you an in-depth look at Big Green Egg accessories. Here is the link.
People often ask us why they should consider Big Green Egg vs. Kamado Joe or other grills. The answer is simple. Of course, the quality of the product is the best when it comes to Big Green Egg. However, the main difference is that Big Green Egg is the only bbq brand that offers a passionate community. This will benefit you in multiple ways. You will be able to find recipes that are specially designed for your instrument. You will never be stuck with any questions. Just check out any forum activity. In-depth discussions and friendly nature of conversations are remarkable.
If you want a great way to do several types of outdoor cooking, we highly recommend a Big Green Egg. After almost ten years of selling outdoor grills and appliances, I can confidently say that Big Green Egg is the best quality Kamado grill with the highest level of customer support in its class. If you would like to check out their full range of products feel free to give us a call at 888.714.4938 or click here. for our online catalog but we really want you to visit one of our appliance store locations in Bedminster, NJ or in Montclair, NJ.
- How does Big Green Egg work?
What is a Conveggtor?
It is a ceramic plate you can use to separate the grill area from direct flames to do indirect cooking.