What’s so special about the Big Green Egg? It seems the only people who ask that question don’t know what the Big Green Egg is. We are here today to explain what makes the Big Green Egg the best grill on the market, how it works, what you can cook on it, and the ways it can improve your cooking and entertaining game. By the time we’re done showing you all of their amazing tasty perks, you’ll definitely have a very good idea of what makes the Big Green Egg so special!
What Is the Big Green Egg?
The Big Green Egg is a kamado-style ceramic cooker. A kamado grill is an egg-shaped ceramic or clay oven of Japanese origin. Today’s kamado-style cookers are typically made of ceramic because they can be heated to a very high temperature and hold that heat for a prolonged time. In more ancient times, they were made of clay and used mainly for cooking rice, until some enterprising cook tried grilling meat on them and liked the result. Kamado grills burn lump charcoal, which is what is left over when wood is burned and all sap, moisture, and other elements are burned away. Lump charcoal is known by grilling aficionados for burning well and being superior to briquettes.
What Can You Cook on a Big Green Egg?
Now, here is where things get interesting. The Big Green Egg is one of the most versatile cookers available on the market. It can be used as a grill, but it is also a smoker and an oven. The folks at the Big Green Egg company call it, “a complete outdoor cooking system engineered to be stronger, more durable, and provide better heat retention than any other outdoor cooker on the market.” The BGE website provides detailed information on the sorts of things you can do with your Big Green Egg, which include:
- High-Temperature Grilling over direct heat for steaks, burgers, chops, chicken, etc.
- Roasting turkeys, large beef or pork roasts, and even stews with indirect heat
- Smoking briskets, tri-tips, ribs, etc. for up to 16 hours at a low temperature
- Baking pizzas, bread, casseroles, and even desserts
What are “EGGcessories?”
Passionate fans of the Big Green Egg know that the uses you can put the cooker to are enhanced with a few accessories (or in BGE Speak, “EGGcessories”). These added tools transform the grill into the cooking system everyone is so crazy about. Some highly recommended items are:
- “ConvEGGtor”- this is a ceramic plate on legs that allows you to cook on indirect heat and allow you to bake, smoke, and roast.
- “EGGspander”- this is a set of wire racks that allow for indirect and direct cooking at the same time, and to create multiple cooking tiers
- Cast iron Dutch oven or skillet- these pans allow you to make stews, bake, and stir fry in your Big Green Egg
- Additional handy EGGcessories are thermometers, pizza stones, meat claws (for pulled pork), and much more
How Does the BGE Make Life Easier?
The convenience of the Big Green Egg can’t be overstated. Using your outdoor cooking system keeps your kitchen cleaner, allows you to entertain outside in cooler weather, and makes it possible to offer larger menus for a big crowd during the holidays. As a matter of fact, once you get comfortable with your Big Green Egg, we bet your guests will come to expect some amazing new dish from you each time they visit!
Big Green Egg Support
Once you get into cooking on the Big Green Egg, you will learn that there is a huge support base available for BGE enthusiasts. The BGE website is loaded with recipes and tips for various cooking techniques and methods. Plus, as your Big Green Egg dealer, the Aqua Pools staff is here to answer your questions and give you all the essential information to get you off to a successful start.
What’s so special about the big green egg? We’ve only shown you the tip of the iceberg! They are durable, versatile, easy to clean, and you can use them year-round to provide a premium barbecue experience. Aqua Pools carries all sizes of Big Green Egg and the “Eggcessories” to go with them.