Big Green Egg: An Introduction and Five Ways to Make Your EGG More Versatile!
They may look a bit weird, and have a funny name; but for those of who have never had the chance to cook on a Big Green Egg, here is a short introduction of why we love them. The Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic version of ancient clay fired kamado grills. The kamado, which is Japanese for stove, has a vast history, and clay cooking pots unearthed in China by Archaeologists date back as much as 3,000 years. Americans were first introduced to kamado cookers in the years after WWII, and they started to show up in the states in the years following.
After George Stephan Sr. almost single-handedly kicked off the backyard barbecue culture of post-war suburban America, many companies began popping up with variations on the classic Weber Kettle. In 1974 Ed Fisher began importing kamado cookers into his pachinko shop in Atlanta, GA. After a few marketing tricks, which included wafting smoke from grilled chicken to attract customers, Mr. Fisher started to see sales of his imported cookers take off. After giving them a catchy name to go along with the green dimpled exterior, the Big Green Egg was born.
The Big Green Egg has a following unlike any other outdoor cooker, which is exhibited yearly at EggFests around the country and at the giant Eggtoberfest at the Atlanta Motor Speedway held each fall. Egg diehards swap recipes, tips, tricks, and techniques to both seasoned pros and newcomers alike. The Egg culture is welcoming, and a lot of fun!
The Big Green Egg also comes in a variety of sizes, from the Mini EGG (78.5 sq in of cooking surface) to the XLarge EGG (452 sq in of cooking surface), and they manufacture a variety of add-ons and accessories that lend to the versatility of this awesome charcoal grill. Here are our favorite accessories that we believe every Egg enthusiast should own!
The Big Green Egg Plate Setter is the must have grilling accessory that turns your EGG into an indirect cooking machine! It provides a barrier between the food and the fire, allowing heat to radiate within the dome while preventing the flames and direct heat of the fire from reaching the food. No single Big Green Egg grilling accessory will contribute greater versatility to your outdoor cooking than adding a Plate Setter to your accessories collection.
The Big Green Egg Baking and Pizza Stone is an awesome grilling accessory that will give you the versatility to bake a variety of recipes from pizzas to breads to desserts. The Big Green Egg baking stone distributes heat for even baking and browning and the ceramics pull moisture from the outer surface of the dough for brick oven crustiness. The stone also retains heat, so your foods stay hot longer.
The Big Green Egg Cast Iron Grid is the perfect grilling accessory for searing meats and seafood. By utilizing the superior heat conductivity of the Cast Iron Cooking Grid as an alternative to the primary Stainless Cooking Grid, you can greatly increase the versatility of your Big Green Egg grill by making a 30 second change. Flip the grid over for a flat searing surface for fish or seafood.
The Big Green Egg Folding Grill Extender gives you a second tier, giving you even the room to cook an entire meal at once, and is made of the same high-quality chrome plated steel as the standard grill grate. This is the perfect grilling accessory if you ever find yourself running out of room on your Big Green Egg!
The Big Green Egg Wooden EGG Mates are used with an EGG in an EGG Nest. This grill accessory provides convenient and ample working or serving space for your EGG.
To sum it up, the Big Green Egg is one of our favorite grills, and these five Big Green Egg grill accessories will give even more versatility whether you already own and love an EGG, or are getting ready to purchase your first!