If you are a grill fanatic, you have almost certainly heard about the Big Green Egg bbq grill. It is a ceramic barbecue grill which you can use as a bbq grill, smoker or even a brick oven. It’s so versatile it is possible to create all sorts of things from hamburgers and steaks and other classic grill foods to desserts, breads as well as pizza.
Eggheads can’t live without the Big Green Egg, but you may be wondering what makes the Egg (as it’s fondly called) different from other barbeque grills.
Possibly the biggest distinction is the appearance. The Big Green Egg is well, green and the same shape as a big egg. While I could not say exactly why it’s green, I can state that the egg shape appeared to be designed (purposely) to offer the ability to help you regulate and maintain heat within the barbeque grill better than other grills.
The second major distinction is the material the grill is made of. Instead of being made with metal, the Big Green Egg has thick ceramic walls. Ceramic is noticeably more durable in comparison with other materials, which means the Egg will last longer than other barbecue grills, it can be used year long (even in very cold temperatures). It is also safer, particularly when there are little ones playing close by, because the ceramic material is much cooler than conventional metal barbecue grills plus you always grill with the lid down, which means you never have to be concerned with flare-ups.
There are a lot of other differences but certainly one of my favorites is the fan club the Big Green Egg has. There are Egg followers and gatherings all over the U.S., and Eggheads are always excited to share their stories, helpful hints as well as recipes at gatherings and also on the Egghead forum. I can’t think of any other bbq grill that has this kind of following.
I will admit, the Egg has a few negatives in comparison with other grills. For instance, it’s not an inexpensive bbq grill. You should expect to fork out approximately $ 700 for a large Big Green Egg. Also, it’s important to use lump wood charcoal, which is not always easy to find and is usually a bit more pricey than standard charcoal briquettes. The Big Green Egg also has a smaller cooking surface area than many gas grills, which suggests you are going to want a back-up bbq grill when grilling for many people.
Even so, the flexibility of the Big Green Egg, the ability to grill, smoke or bake with your Egg, as well as the awesome results you will get (the Egg can be quite forgiving, even for novice cooks) are worth the cost. If you’re a barbecue fanatic and you also do a good deal of smoking in addition to grilling you’ll appreciate the quality and the results you get when using the Big Green Egg.
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