Big Green Egg
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The Big Green Egg is the brand name of a kamado-style ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker. The Egg is a versatile cooking device capable of acting as a grill, oven, or smoker. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from 'XXLarge' to 'Mini'. They are produced in a distinctive dark green colour.
The Big Green Egg Company was founded in 1974 by Ed Fisher and is based in Tucker, Georgia in the United States. Production of the Big Green Egg takes place in Monterrey, Mexico, by the company Daltile.
The shape of the Big Green Egg is designed to contain the heat by using two draft doors, one at the bottom and another at the top. The bottom draft door slides horizontally creating more or less air flow. This works in conjunction with the top draft door, that swivels left and right, creating more or less updraft, and in turn adjusting the temperature used in the cook. The Big Green Egg is manufactured from ceramics designed to reflect heat and this allows temperatures of up to 650 °C (1,200 °F) to be reached.
The Big Green Egg is a charcoal barbecue: the manufacturers recommend lump wood charcoal because alternatives such as charcoal briquettes contain many additives that can contaminate the flavor of the food.
Big Green Eggs can be used for smoking or grilling and with the addition of accessories can bake bread or cook a pizza. Big Green Eggs are manufactured in seven sizes with the largest, weighing: 424 lbs / 192 kgs, being able to cook 35-40 burgers, 14-16 whole chickens, 18-20 steaks, 20 rib racks, or 1 suckling pig.