7 Tips for Cooking Success
7 Tips for Cooking Success When Using Your Big Green Egg Grill
Sometimes there are items out in the marketplace that receives so much hype and can't deliver on the word-of-mouth that's pushed them forward.
Then there are times, such as the Big Green Egg Grill, where the hype doesn't do it enough justice!
Seriously, what's better than having any savory meat that you purchase grilled and smoked to perfection? Nothing!
This grill will revolutionize the way you grill and have your family and friends begging for a cookout every Sunday for the big game.
There are, however, some things you should note before starting it up for the first time. Here are several tips to consider for the Big Green Egg Grill!
1. Always Close the Lid While Cooking
The revolutionary design of the Big Green Egg is specifically meant to grill with the lid closed for almost the entire duration. Unless you're checking in on the meat, make sure the lid is fully closed while cooking.
There are several key reasons why you won't want to lift the lid any more than 3 times while cooking.
First off, watching something cook on a grill is like waiting for a piece of bread to toast... it will feel like a decade before the job is done.
Secondly, the Big Green Egg's shape and ventilation system are specifically designed to control the temperature inside of it, so there's no need for you self-regulate it.
Lastly, the smoke from this particular grill is a big reason for its signature taste and texture. There's a big payoff in store for those grillers out there that let it take control of the cooking.
2. Don't EVER Use Lighter Fluid
When using the Big Green Egg, you'll want to get the full effect of natural cooking over smoke and fire.
The best way to get that fire going is with a fire starter cube that you place among 4-5 pounds of charcoal at the bottom of the grill.
The entire grill will act as a perfect filter system for the smoke, it can regulate the smoke so that you don't have to. One of the many perks to having a Big Green Egg grill in the first place!
Whatever you do, never use lighter fluid to start the fire. This particular grill design isn't meant to have fire kickstarted in that way.
3. Keep the Lid Closed When You Aren't Using It
One of the most important aspects of the Big Green Egg grill is providing consistent upkeep to it.
Keeping the inside of the egg dry is crucial to maintaining its integrity. Be sure to keep the lid closed at all times when it's not in use.
If any rain or water were to get into it, the egg will wear down faster than normal and will also produce a less-desired finish to the meat that you grill.
4. Proper "Check-In" Technique
Even though you're going to want to keep the lid closed as much as possible while the egg is cooking, it's also important to check in a time or two in the process.
However, there's a technique to it to a) keep as much smoke in as possible and b) not get a huge wave of heat to your face.
Each time you plan on opening the lid, start by tilting it up a few inches to provide a small opening for the heat to escape, then close it again.
Do that a 1-2 more times before opening the lid completely, and you'll be able to eye your grilling efficiently.
5. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
A common grilling mistake of using the egg is to let the meat grill at as high a temperature as you possibly can.
For one, if you cook too high on your first use, you'll risk damaging the inside of the egg and the coating inside. Give it a few times before grilling too high.
Secondly, it's best practice to gauge the desired temperature that you want to grill at moving forward. It's almost guaranteed that your preferred temp won't be any higher than 400-degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Use Wood to Boost the Smokey Flavor
Looking to optimize the smokey flavor of the Big Green Egg? Of course, you are! that's probably a huge reason that you bought it in the first place.
You want to optimize that smokey flavor on your favorite beef brisket!
The best way to get as much smokiness as possible is to add a few pieces of hardwood on top of the charcoal that you use, not in place of it.
Stack those pieces of wood on it from the start so that the entirety of the grilling process has smoke from both the coal and wood. It'll create a flavor you simply can't get anywhere else!
7. Clean the Egg Before Storage and First Use of the Year
Since this is your first time using the Egg, be sure to wipe it down with a dry paper towel to ensure cleanliness while keeping the inside dry. Don't use a wet towel!
Also, you'll want to make sure and do the same before you store it for the winter and right before you break it out for the first time each spring and summer.
The grilling experience will be more consistent from year to year if you don't allow things like ash to build up in it.
It's Time to Bust Out the Big Green Egg Grill!
Now that you know several key things to look out for, it's time for your first experience in grilling with the Big Green Egg Grill!
Be sure to read this article on my favorite EggFest for insight into the grilling world that you're now a part of as an Egg owner.
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