What is the Big Green Egg?
In our opinion, the Big Green Egg is the world's best outdoor cooker. The Big Green Egg is manufactured by a company that has been around for 40 years, and is sold through hundreds of domestic and international distributors. The unparalleled cooking performance and quality of the construction have struck cooking enthusiasts around the world with wonder.
What is the Big Green Egg made of?
The Big Green Egg is made of high-tech ceramics that do not develop cracks or fissures when overheated. The patented ceramic does not expand and contract when exposed to heat: a Big Green Egg does not overheat or crack under extreme temperatures or rapid temperature changes. This means that you can use your Big Green Egg without a worry, even in pouring rain. The ceramic exterior has a very hard, non-toxic, glaze that retains its gloss and protective properties.
Benefits over metal BBQs?
First and foremost, the Big Green Egg is made of newly developed ceramics. The thick ceramic walls circulate and hold the heat so well that no rotisserie is needed to prepare perfectly flavourful dishes. Second, food prepared in a Big Green Egg not only looks better but tastes better as well! Meat undergoes little or no shrinkage and the dishes remain succulent and flavourful.
Benefits over gas BBQs?
Ask any gas grill owner why they prefer to use this grill and the quick start-up time will top the list of considerations. Meat cooked on a gas grill loses much of its weight and flavour. Because of the better flavour, most gas grill users would prefer using a charcoal grill as it is faster to start and grill.
Most eye-catching properties?
Tender and succulent dishes, which barely shrink.
Are there any copycats on the market?
The kamado was most closely related to the Big Green Egg. It was one of the best cookers of its time. But with its patented ceramics and the many improvements it has undergone over the years, the Big Green Egg has given the art of 'Outdoor Cooking' even more cachet. It has surpassed the kamado in performance and durability.
Copycat cookers occasionally crop up, but they are not Big Green Eggs. TheBig Green Egg is patented; the Big Green Egg logo is embossed in the glaze in a warm shade of green. Only the Big Green Egg is capable of keeping all of its cooking promises.
Fortunately, more and more people share this view and choose the Original and the excellent service that comes with it.
Is the Big Green Egg fuel efficient?
The thick ceramic walls of the Big Green Egg hold the heat so well that little charcoal is consumed.
Is the Big Green Egg easy to use?
Yes! The Big Green Egg is very forgiving. We will even go so far as to assume that the first meal you cook with the Big Green Egg will be a great success. While working with the Big Green Eggrequires some practice, even the "failures" will still taste better than the successes you achieved with your last cooker.
How much charcoal should I use?
When using the large Big Green Egg, fill the fire box about 2.5 to 5cm above the air holes, and up to the air holes in the medium or small Big Green Egg. Charcoal comes in different lengths; there's no need to count the number of coals.
Do I need add charcoal while cooking?
Generally speaking, no. The Big Green Egg burns for hours without the need to replenish the charcoal. The higher the cooking temperatures, the faster the charcoal burns, but even then you may not need to add more charcoal.
Relighting my Egg?
You will be pleasantly surprised at how much unburned charcoal survives for reuse in your next cookout. But first you need to remove the ash by stirring the remaining charcoal with the special Big Green Egg Ash Tool.
How do I shut down the Big Green Egg?
When you finish cooking, close the bottom draft door all the way and replace the metal damper top with the (green) ceramic lid.
How do I adjust the temperature?
One of the great attributes of the Big Green Egg is its ability to set and accurately maintain a desired temperature. By adjusting the bottom draft door (air supply) and the metal damper top (air discharge), you can set the temperature range of your Egg from below 40ºC to over 400ºC.
Do I need to use a special charcoal?
We recommend Big Green Egg 100% natural lump charcoal. They look very different from the briquettes you have been using so far. The Big Green Egg 100% natural lump charcoal contains no fillers or additives. It is a premium charcoal that is perfectly suited to the capabilities of the Big Green Egg. We only use waste wood: no live trees are felled for our charcoal.
Can I cook with the lid open?
No. The secret of the Big Green Egg lies in its capability to hold, distribute and control the heat. Close the lid to allow the heat to flow downwards from the top and upwards from the coals. With the lid open, the Big Green Egg is nothing but an ordinary, inefficient barbecue grill with a hard-to-control temperature and stray sparks that dry out the food.
Can the Big Green Egg be kept outside?
Yes. The double glaze coating protects your Egg in all kinds of weather. The supplied vinyl cover keeps your Egg clean and protects the metal components.
What is the (felt) gasket for?
The heavy thick self-adhesive gasket material covers the rim of both the lid and base of your Egg and protects the lid when it is closed too quickly. The gasket is not expensive and can be replaced every two or three years. The gasket does not contain any asbestos!
Does the Big Green Egg turn red hot?
The ceramics of the Big Green Egg provide for effective heat insulation. While we do not recommend that you touch the exterior, the EGG doesn't get as hot as a metal gas or charcoal cooker, also making the Big Green Egg safer for adults and children.
How can I prepare roast on the BGE?
Place your roast on a V-rack in the middle of a metal drip pan, which prevents flames from reaching the food. Adjust the slides to achieve the desired temperature. The temperature gauge on the ceramic lid should read 120ºC for slow grilling and 200ºC for quick results. Insert a thermometer in the meat to determine whether it is rare, medium or well-done. Bon appetit!