I have looked at these Big Green Eggs for about a year now and finally we decided to buy one. I don’t know why I waited so long. My first two cooks on this turned out superb! Much better than my old kettle or the gas grill. These Eggs are awesome for smoking and grilling. You can damp the heat down as low as 100 degrees or open it up as high as 800 degrees for a wide range of cooking applications.
The first dinner was a wild boar ham roast. I fired up the Egg with some natural lump charcoal and set up for indirect heat. One the temperature inside had reach about 300 I damped it down to 250 degrees for slow cooking/smoking. I prepped the roast with garlic and BBQ 3000 from Penzey’s Spices. This was a fatty roast so I didn’t need to add fat. Once the temp I wanted was maintaining I put the roast on and let it sit for 3 hours. The roast came out with that red smoke ring around the outside that is the sign of a successful smoked roast. The taste was amazing and the meat was moist.
Christmas dinner was a nice venison roast. I fired up the Egg and brought it up to about 350 then damped it back down to about 250. Since the roast was so lean I prepped the roast by larding it with bacon. I did this by running a chopstick through the roast to create channel then stuffed a strip a bacon through the roast. I followed that with some sage as well. Then I seasoned the roast with some Gunbarrel Venison Spice from Savory Spices, added sprigs of thyme and some sage leaves, and wrapped it in bacon. I also stuck a meat thermometer in it so I could check the temp towards the end of the cook. 2 1/2 hours later the thermometer showed medium rare so I pulled it off to rest. This was hands down the best ever venison roast I have ever cooked or eaten anywhere!
As a new owner of the Big Green Egg, with only two cooks under my belt, I highly recommend them. Definitely worth the money. I bought mine at Rex’s Ace Hardware in Petaluma. He threw in a free bag of smoking chips and gave me a bunch of free advice to get me started.
You can go to www.biggreenegg.com and search your local area for a dealer.
This Egg will be the star of many of my recipe posts to come!