Other Grilling Options

July 17, 2008

Big Green Egg

With all the hype around high end stainless grills and outdoor kitchens, I wanted to talk about two products, that buck the stainless steel trend.

The first is the the classic Weber Kettle, Charcoal Grill. As American as apple pie and baseball, the Weber Kettle has been at the center of the american cookout since 1951 when in was invented by George Stephen. Weber has recently introduced a premium line of Kettle grills, available in retro blue and green, and includes a hinged cooking grate and high-capacity ash catcher. The Kettle grill will be at home in virtually any style outdoor space, and looks especially sharp on roof decks or in small city spaces.

The second product is relatively new to the American grilling scene, but is modeled after an ancient clay cooker called a “kamado”. The Big Green Egg is constructed of space-age ceramics, making it virtually indestructible under ordinary cooking conditions. Size options for the Big Green Egg range from 9” in diameter to approximately 24”. The Mini Egg weighs 30 pounds compared to the giant XL egg, weighing in at 205 pounds, with enough space to cook two 20 pound turkeys simultaneously. Some of the most notable features of the Big Green Egg include the following:

  • Fast lighting — ready to cook in 10 minutes with no lighter fluid
  • Ceramic walls retain heat with accurate temperature control and no hot spots
  • Fuel efficient so there is no need to add more charcoal while cooking; unburned charcoal can be reused
  • Constant tending not required; with enclosed cooking there are no grease flare-ups
  • Withstands temperature extremes from below 0° to 1800°F
  • Can be used year around, even in freezing temperatures and rain
  • Surface stays cooler and is safer around children than metal grills
  • Weatherproof ceramics won’t rust

It’s all great stuff, but we especially like the way the Big Green Egg looks. Its bold design, makes it a worthy addition to even the most elegant outdoor spaces, but is just as at home on a simple deck our patio. Regardless of it’s home, the Big Green Egg is sure to stir up conversations while grilling up great barbeque food!

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