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BIG GREEN EGG CERAMIC KAMADO COOKER - 2012-Present
Date:August 03, 2012 Info:ClickHERE to jump to additional Info about this grill and links to specific blog entries about this kamado cooker and using kamado grills in general.
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The Large Big Green Egg - EDITED
Here is the lower half of the Egg sitting on a rolling cart called a Nest. The Nest has locking casters to help make moving and securing the Egg easy.
Here is a view of the cooking chamber of the Egg. The ceramic Firebox has been installed. The hole in the center is for the cast iron charcoal grate.
The black cast iron fire grate has been installed in the center of the Firebox. The ceramic Firering has been installed on top of the Firebox.The Firering establishes the distance between the grill grate and the Firebox.
The grill comes with a stainless steel grill grate. I will be using this for indirect cooking where I am not looking to for any kind of sear from the grill grate.
A cast iron grill grate is available as an Eggcessory. It is quite heavy and gives great grill marks.
This is the dual function metal top which is used when you are cooking, The larger main section is hinged and swings out of the way to make coarse adjustments to raise or lower the cooking temperature.
The main section can be closed off once you are in the ballpark of your cooking temperature. Their is a second hinged vent called the daisy wheel which is used for finer temperature adjustments.
The inner screen on the sliding lower draft door helps keep the hot ash inside the Egg while you are cooking.
This is the sliding lower draft door. It is found on the outside of the egg just below the Firebox lever. There is a sliding fine metal screen in the rear and a solid sliding door in front. which cuts off al airflow.
You add lump charcoal to the top of the Firebox and for a longer cook you can fill it up to the top of the Firering. To light the grill you use a paraffin starter to ignite some of the adjacent charcoal.
Once the lump has been ignited you install the grate and whatever Eggcessories you need to cook your food. Here I have the cast iron grill grate installed for direct grilling some hot dogs.
When you are through you close the lower stainless steel draft door. Then you remove the dual function metal top and replace it with this ceramic top cap. This extinguishes the fire and allows you to reuse the unused charcoal.
This Eggcessory is called a Platesetter used for indirect grilling. The three legs can be oriented up or down and control the distance the horizontal top is above the firebox. Here it is installed legs up for an indirect low and slow cook.
Next a drip pan is set on the Platersetter.
Lastly the stainless steel grill grate is set onto the legs of the Platesetter.
This setup has the Platesetter legs up with a brisket on a wire rack in a foil drip pan. The s/s grill grid has an Eggcessory called a grid extender which gives me a second level of grill grid, This cook was indirect at 225 degrees.
Here a foil pan or beans is shown sitting on the Grid Extender shelf above the brisket.
The thick ceramic walls of the Egg coupled with the high 600 or 700 degree temperatures you can reach, make the BGE like an outdoor brick oven.
The BGE is set up to indirectly grill a pizza. The Platesetter is installed legs down which raises the grilling surface closer to the round dome. A pizza stone is installed on top of the Platesetter. At 600 degrees a pizza take 5-6 minutes to grill.
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The Big Green Egg is a Ceramic Kamado Cooker. It descends from Japanese cookers from 3,000 plus years ago and is also related to Persian Tandoris. The egg shape of the kamado cooker serves to reflect the heat back from the round dome back onto the food and serves to make for an even cook. The 1" thick ceramic walls serve to help insulate the cooker and retain the heat which makes for a fast recovery. This kamado cooker is very well insulated and has very precise temperature control. It uses natural lump charcoal and because of its insulating properties is very stingy on charcoal. When you are done you close off the dampers on the cooker and the fire goes out. You are able to reuse the lump charcoal over several sessions.
The advocates of this style of cooker say it is great for all kinds of cooking: Grilling, Smoking & even Baking. The good seal that you get helps retain more of the moisture in the food than you do with a metal gas or charcoal grill. The insulation properties prove very useful in the winter or on windy days. The Big Green Egg (BGE) is the most popular kamado style cooker and has a huge almost cult like following of users called EggHeads. There are also a wide variety of accessories, often called Eggcessories, for this grill.
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