Big Green Egg Accessories You Must Have

by krissi on May 27, 2011

The Big Green Egg is a ceramic grill that can be used to grill, smoke or even bake breads and desserts. It originated in Japan, but is now a popular grill with barbecue enthusiasts in the U.S. While the Big Green Egg is fantastic all by itself, there are several Big Green Egg accessories that can make your grilling experience even better, including:

Get Cooking in Under 10 Minutes with the Big Green Egg Electric Starter

Wood lump charcoal is used to cook with in the Big Green Egg. You don’t use regular charcoal briquettes in the Big Green Egg, and you NEVER use lighter fluid! To start your Egg, you can use either natural fire starters, or the Big Green Egg Electric Starter. No matter which you prefer your Egg should be ready to cook on in 8-10 minutes.

Create Fabulous Pizzas and Desserts with the Plate Setter and Baking Stone

One of the biggest benefits of the Big Green Egg vs. other charcoal grills is the versatility. The Big Green Egg is a barbecue grill, a smoker and an outdoor oven all in one. You’ll find many Eggheads who cook breads and pizzas in their Big Green Egg in addition to the more traditional ribs, burgers and other grill foods. To turn your Egg into a brick oven you’ll need a Big Green Egg baking stone or plate setter.

The plate setter is a flat ceramic disc with three legs that is used as a ceramic heat shield by providing a barrier between the food and the fire. The purpose is to provide indirect heat which is great for cooking roasts or ribs. Or, add the baking stone on top of the plate setter and turn your Egg into a brick oven for creating fabulous pizzas or mouthwatering desserts.

Cook Up to Six Slabs of Ribs (and Torture Your Neighbors) with the Rib Rack

We love our Big Green Egg barbeque, but the one limitation we have experienced is the small cooking space. We love to entertain, so we really need more cooking space on the grill. My husband gets frequent requests for ribs, but it’s hard to cook more than two slabs on the limited cooking space.

Thankfully, the Big Green Egg makes a rib rack that solves this problem. The Big Green Egg rib rack allows you to cook your ribs vertically, which means you can cook up to 6 slabs instead of just 1 or 2. This makes entertaining our friends and family much easier!

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Why we love our Big Green Egg Smoker

If you love to grill, you’ve probably heard of the Big Green Egg grill and smoker. It’s a ceramic grill that can be used as a grill, smoker or even an outdoor oven. It’s so versatile you can cook anything from hamburgers and steaks and other traditional grill foods to desserts, breads and even pizza.

Eggheads swear by the Big Green Egg, but you might be wondering what makes the Egg (as it’s fondly called) different from other grills.

Probably the biggest difference is the appearance. The Big Green Egg is well, green and shaped like a big egg. While I can’t say why it’s green, I can say that the egg shape was designed (on purpose) to provide the ability to control and maintain the heat within the grill better than other grills.

Tbig green egg smokerhe second biggest difference is the material. Instead of being made with metal, the Big Green Egg has thick ceramic walls. Ceramic is much more durable than other materials, which means the Egg will last longer than other grills and smokers, it can be cooked on year long (even with freezing temperatures). It’s also safer, especially if there are children running around, because the ceramic material stays cooler than traditional metal grills and because you always cook with the lid down, so you don’t have to worry about flare-ups.

There are many other differences but one of my favorites is the following the Big Green Egg has. You can find Egg fans and gatherings throughout the united states, and Eggheads are eager to share their stories, tips and recipes at gatherings and on the Egghead forum. I can’t think of any other grill that has this kind of following.

Now, the Egg does have some disadvantages when compared to other grills. For instance, it’s not a cheap grill. You can expect to pay about $700 for a large Big Green Egg. Also, you have to use lump wood charcoal, which isn’t always easy to find and can be quite a bit more expensive than traditional charcoal briquettes. The Big Green Egg also has a smaller cooking surface than many gas grills, which means you’ll need a backup grill if you’re entertaining a lot of people.

However, the versatility of the Big Green Egg, the ability to grill, smoke or bake with your Egg, and the awesome results you get (the Egg is very forgiving, even for novice grillers) are well worth the cost. If you’re a barbeque enthusiast and you do a lot of smoking in addition to grilling you will love the quality and the results you get with the Big Green Egg smoker.

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