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Enhance Your Big Green Egg Cooking!

If you have a Big Green Egg, you already know it is the best grill on the market today! However, it can do much more than help you grill the perfect steak; because it is so versatile, the Big Green Egg can be used to cook almost anything! The following tips can enhance your Big Green Egg cooking and help you create delicious dishes for your friends and family to devour!

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  1. Start with a full load of charcoal. Five pounds of natural lump charcoal fits perfectly inside the big green egg and can be easily lit using a lighter or paraffin fire starter. No chimney is needed when using charcoal in the Big Green Egg; the unique shape takes away the need for a chimney.
  2. Open the lid and vents. While a chimney is not needed to light charcoal, it is important to open the vents as well as keep the lid open for the first 10 minutes while the charcoal first ignites. After 10 minutes, close the lid and wait for the Big Green Egg to reach the cooking temperature for your dish; this typically takes 15-20 minutes, but may take longer during the winter.
  3. Avoid “back flash”. Because the inside of the Big Green Egg can reach such high temperatures, it is recommended to “burp” the egg before opening it. To do this, simply open the lid several inches before closing it again, repeating 2-3 times. Doing this reduces the initial “back flash” that occurs when opening the lid completely.

Grilling times and temperatures

  1. Direct grilling: Hamburgers, steaks, pork chops, and chicken breasts are all examples of food that are direct grilled in the Big Green Egg. To cook these foods, heat the Egg to between 600 and 700 degrees with the top and bottom vents opened wide. For the best steak ever, sear the meat on the grate for two minutes per side, then close the lid. As the juices from the steak drip onto the coals, it creates a fragrant smoke; the smoke is trapped and recirculated in the Egg, which helps speed up the cooking time and results in a flavorful, juicy, and perfectly cooked steak.
  2. Indirect grilling: Expand your cooking choices by installing a plate setter, better known as the convEGGtor. This Big Green Egg accessory allows you to smoke meats, cook pizzas, and create foods you never thought possible with a grill. These three-legged, heavy ceramic plates fit perfectly into the bottom section of the Egg’s firebox. Using the plate setter can also reduce the risk of flare ups charring your meal.
  3. Smoking: To use your Big Green Egg as a smoker, simply add your favorite hardwood chips into the charcoal. Using the temperature controls, lower the Egg’s heat to between 200 and 250 degrees; the cooking time will vary depending on the type, cut, and size of the meat being smoked.

While the Big Green Egg is marketed as a grill, it can do so much more than just cook hamburgers, chicken, and steak. By using your Big Green Egg as a versatile cooking appliance, you can create delicious appetizers, main courses, and desserts using just your grill. For more information on how to get the most out of your Big Green Egg, contact the staff at The Cozy Flame today or visit our Facebook page for more ideas and recipes!

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Big Green Recipes for this Summer

Summer is the perfect time for backyard cookouts with family and friends. For Big Green Egg owners, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the different dishes you can make! The following are just three of our favorite recipes that these versatile cooking appliances can help you create.

Cedar Planked SalmonGreen egg grills

Cooking with grilling planks can add another dimension of flavor to your meats and mains. Likewise, cooking delicate fish like salmon on the cedar planks can prevent the fish from flaking and sticking to – or falling into – the grill.

To cook cedar planked salmon on your Big Green Egg, set the Egg for direct cooking at 400°F. Cover the salmon filets in your favorite glaze or marinade and place on the preheated planks. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes depending on the size of your salmon filets for a perfect medium.

Grilled Mini Pizzas

Kids of all ages will delight in making their own mini pizzas. Not only do mini pizzas let everyone pick their own toppings, but they also can cook much faster, even when on the grill; this gets dinner onto the table faster and easier than ever before.

Sandwich rounds make the perfect pizza crust for this recipe. Begin by setting the Egg for indirect cooking at 425°F. Next, place the sandwich rounds cut side downonto a cookie sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about five minutes. Remove and turn over; let everyone add their own sauce and toppings to create totally custom grilled pizzas. Cook pizzas for an additional five to seven minutes or until the cheese is thoroughly melted.

Smoked Apples

The Big Green Egg does more than just cook your main courses; it can also help you create delicious and sweet desserts! These smoked apples are the perfect sweet treat for your next cookout; even the most dedicated meat eater won’t be able to resist their sweet and smoky taste.

Set the Egg for indirect cooking at 300°F. Using a melon baller, remove the core of the apple while still leaving the sides and bottom intact; this allows the apple to be stuffed with a variety of fillings. Currants, marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, and even Snickers bars can all be stuffed into the apples before baking. Smoke the apples for 1-1 ½ hours until the sides are soft but not collapsing. To make dessert even sweeter, serve with a side of vanilla ice cream.

When it comes to outdoor cooking, the only limit to your Big Green Egg is your imagination! With unmatched flexibility and temperature control, you can create a wide variety of dishes that the whole family will be sure to love. For even more Big Green cooking inspiration, check out these recipes for everything from burgers and salmon to pizza and spaghetti. If you’re interested in upgrading your existing grill to a Big Green Egg, contact The Cozy Flame today for more information on what makes them the best outdoor cooking appliances on the market today!

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