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The Big Green Egg (Reviews/Ratings)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 15, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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I was at a trade show looking at an egg like ceramic grill. This company claimed to be almost as good as the original: The Big Green Egg. My interest was piqued more about the original, because it seemed so much better constructed with a better story.


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If you are considering a grill, perhaps The Big Green Egg might be a better choice, because it cooks and grills everything incredibly well using charcoal in a high heat ceramic interior. We will learn a bit more about the Eggs origins and capabilities.


Origins Of The Big Green Egg

The Big Green Egg is a modern-day evolution of these ancient cookers. Its design is modeled on the clay cooking vessels first seen during the Chinese Qin Dynasty and then used by the Japanese beginning in the 3rd century.

The Big Green Egg Large SizeAs the Big Green Egg has evolved over recent years, significant changes have been made to keep it miles ahead of other “kamado” cookers. State-of-the-Art ceramics, a patented draft door and dual-function metal top now permit a wide range of easily adjusted cooking temperatures from ultra high-heat searing to low-and-slow smoking.

A permanent porcelain glaze ensures the signature green color will not fade or discolor under any outdoor conditions. Other improvements have enhanced the traditional design including a spring-assisted hinge system and a heavy stainless steel cooking grid.

It's a charcoal based system. You actually buy special organic Big Green Egg (pesticide free) charcoal.


Ceramic vs. Traditional Grilling

Ceramic is more versatile. The temperature can be regulated, and you can sear or slow cook. Charcoal adds a different element to the taste and texture of the food.

Their rep and Chief Egg Evangelist (seriously) cooked jambalaya and soda bread all on the Egg. It was amazing what this cooker can actually do.

Below is impromptu video

The Big Green Egg is available in three sizes; small, medium, large and large. There is also an optional cart called The Nest... seriously.

I like the design and construction of this unit as well as the idea of charcoal (no pro grillers use straight gas grills). We will be firing this up throughout the spring/early summer. You may want to subscribe to the BBQ newsletter for dates as well as tips and recipes.

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Steve Sheinkopf

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