Big Green Egg

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The Big Green Egg (or EGG) is the brand name of a kamado-style ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker.


The Big Green Egg is commonly referred to as a kamado because of the origins of the basic design that lie in southern Japan.

The word "mushikamado" means "steam cooker" (from "mushi" meaning "to steam", and "kamado" meaning "cooker, oven, or kiln") The mushikamado was a device designed to steam rice and used by Japanese families for ceremonial occasions and took the shape of a round clay pot with a removable domed clay lid. It featured a top damper and bottom draft door. The mushikamado first came to the attention of the Americans after World War II when US Air Force servicemen would bring them back from Japan in empty transport planes.[1] In the late 1960s manufacturing started in the Americas.

The Big Green Egg Company was founded in 1974 by Ed Fisher and is based in Tucker, Georgia in the USA. Production of the Big Green Egg takes place in Monterrey, Mexico, by the company Daltile.

Big Green Egg grills are available worldwide, however they can only be sold by authorized dealers.[2]


The shape of the Big Green Egg is designed to contain the heat with only a small vent at the top to create a draft to keep the fire going. Today's[when?] Big Green Egg is manufactured from high fiber ceramics developed for the Space Shuttle program designed to reflect heat and this allows temperatures of up to 650 °C (1,202 °F) to be reached. The external surface has a high gloss ceramic glaze applied to provide crack and weather resistance.[citation needed]

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.[3] The sealed design of the grill results in a slow burn that uses small amounts of charcoal compared to a regular grill, and lump wood charcoal also creates little ash.

Big Green Eggs can be used for smoking or grilling and with the addition of accessories can bake bread or cook a pizza.[4] Big Green Eggs are manufactured in seven sizes with the largest being able to cook 35-40 burgers, 14-16 whole chickens, 18-20 steaks, 20 rib racks, or 1 suckling pig.[5]

In addition to the outer ceramic shell there is draft opening to provide air to the ceramic firebox in the base of the unit. There is a daisy wheel damper unit on the top to give air flow control and therefore temperature regulation. An accessory called a plate setter can be placed above the firebox: this prevents direct cooking of the food when using the unit as a smoker. Between the base and the lid is a gasket made of felt that maximises moisture retention during long cookouts.


The collective name given to Big Green Egg enthusiasts is "EGGheads".[4][6]

Every October there is a global gathering of Eggheads called "EGGtoberfest" that was held multiple times at the 57th Fighter Group restaurant at Peachtree DeKalb airport until 2002. Which was later moved to the company's (then)headquarters on Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, GA. [7] In recent years, it has been held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 2008 EGGtoberfest drew 1,500 attendees from all 50 states plus other countries. During EGGtoberfest over 200 Big Green Eggs are used to cook recipes with lots of samples, and interaction from the group. EGGtoberfest 2013 was moved to Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, GA, and has returned to the park every year since.

Every August there is also an event that brings together Eggheads in Louisville, KY, called "Eggfest"[8] located at Brownsboro Hardware and Paint, the largest Big Green Egg dealer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The event first began in 2008 with a total of 12 Big Green Eggs in use. Hosted by Brownsboro Hardware and Paint's owner Jim Lehrer, chairman of the board for Do it Best, the Kentuckiana Eggfest grew more popular every year. As Eggfest became more popular Brownsboro Hardware and Paint started using the event as an effective way to raise money for a local charity. In 2015 the Kentuckiana Eggfest featured 110 Big Green Eggs, and over $16,000 raised in donations for Blessings in a Backpack

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  1. ^ "History of the Kamado Barbecue Grill". Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Big green egg dealer locator". 
  3. ^ "Natural Lump Charcoal". 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  4. ^ a b Levitt, Jonathan (2007-05-23). "Put all your grilling in one Big Green Egg". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Egg Sizes". Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Big Green Egg, World's Best Smoker and Grill". Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  7. ^ Hewett, Jennifer J. "Georgia Magazine". Georgia Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  8. ^ "EGGfest 2016 | Brownsboro Hardware". Retrieved 2016-02-06. 

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