Is a Big Green Egg Worth it? (2020 Review)
When people first see a Big Green Egg, they are almost always intrigued as it is often hard to understand what exactly it does. Is the Big Green Egg a smoker? How is it different from a regular charcoal grill? Is it a pain to use it? I already have a gas grill - is it worth investing in a Big Green Egg?
Big Green Egg has created a cult following over the years. They are the most well known Komodo ceramic grill maker on the market and for good reason. The green egg grill cookers are made of the highest quality materials and the community they have created inspires bbqers around the world. Big Green Egg users (a.k.a. the Eggheads) are always eager to talk about their experiences with their Egg, share recipes, tips and most importantly, their food. When you buy a Big Green Egg you are buying into a lifestyle.
At Designer Appliances, we are a big enthusiast of Big Green Egg and wanted to share with you why we feel this way about this Kamado style grill and smoker. In fact, many in our staff own an EGG and already became quite firmly attached to the quality of its results. If you are around our stores over the weekends, you will often see us cooking lunch on a Big Green Egg.
Big Green Egg Prices
Big Green Egg encourages customers to visit their local stores to get the best possible information about this fun product. Therefore, it frowns upon stores that publish rates on their websites. Afterall, this is not a product that you want to get shipped via Fedex due to damage-prone nature of ceramics.
You local store, such as Designer Appliances in New Jersey and New York will have trained sales people who know how to cook on a Big Green Egg. These associates are happy to give you a live demo and will answer your most detailed questions from pricing to installation and cooking recipes.
Having said that a Big Green Egg starts from $699 but it is best to contact your local store to learn about seasonal promotions and required accessories.
|Model||Size & Capacity|
|XLarge||Big Green EGG (XL), model 117649, 24-in diameter, 452 sq. in., Fits 2 x 20 lb turkeys, 24 burgers|
|Large||Most Popular Big Green EGG (L), model 117632, 18 1/4-in diameter, 262 sq. in., Fits 20 lb turkey, 12 burgers|
|Medium||Big Green EGG (M), model 117625, 15-in diameter, 177 sq. in., Fits 18 lb turkey, 6 burgers|
|Small||Big Green EGG (S), model 117601, 13-in diameter, 133 sq. in., Fits 12 lb turkey, 4 burgers|
|MiniMax||Portable, Big Green EGG (MX), model 119650, 13-in diameter, 133 sq. in., Fits 12 lb turkey, 4 burgers|
5 Reasons Why You Will Love Big Green Egg
1- Versatility in what you can accomplish
When you buy a Big Green Egg, you are not just buying a grill or a smoker. They call it the ultimate cooking experience for a reason, you can essentially cook anything on it. If you want to slow cook a pork butt, you can easily control it to cook low and slow at 200 degrees for up to 18 hours on one load of charcoal. If you want to sear a thick-cut-steak like a pro, you can get the Big Green Egg up to 750 degrees and do that as well. The Big Green also holds heat and surround cooks better than any pizza oven. And when it is time for dessert this will surround bake cookies or a pie to perfection.
2- Ease of use
We hear a lot of concerns people have that are worried it will be difficult to use or take forever to heat up. This couldn't be further from the truth. You can be ready to cook on your BGE in 10 minutes after lighting, which is about the same time a gas grill takes to heat up and far faster than traditional charcoal grills.
Green egg grill is also very easy to use and quite forgiving. When you close the dome of the unit, it creates a tight seal. This does two significant things; 1-It makes controlling and holding a consistent temperature super easy using the top and bottom controls. 2-Moisture is held inside the unit, so your food doesn't dry out.
3- Healthy method of cooking
We highly recommend that you use lump charcoal with this cooking instrument. (retails at around $25.99 for a 20 lb bag) Trust me, this makes all the difference. It will make whatever you are cooking taste amazing.
Why Choose the Big Green Egg Lump Charcoal?
- Big Green Egg - the company - goes through hell to set the standards on the charcoal to be certified to be all natural carbonized wood without additives, fillers, nitrates, chemicals, anthracite coal, limestone, or petroleum products.
- Lump charcoal starts faster
- Lump charcoal burns cleaner
- Lump charcoal get hotter and last longer
- Combine it with your favorite wood-chips for flavor and you will be the official grill-master of your neighborhood
The product is held to the highest standards as far a quality is concerned. You can certainly go buy a cheap grill and smoker at a big box store and save a couple bucks. However, you will not get the same results when cooking, and you will probably be replacing both within 5 years. When you buy a Big Green Egg, you are making an investment as it comes with a Lifetime warranty. Essentially, this should be the last outdoor cooking appliance that you have to buy.
5- It is fun
Once you become the grill-master for your family, you will soon get calls from your friends to attend their bbq's. They will ask you to demonstrate your talents with a Big Green Egg. At that point, you will realize that you need to expand your arsenal with a Mini-Max. Big Green Egg is fun and brings joy to your backyard.
Big Green Egg: What is the Right Size For Me?
Although the Big Green Egg comes in many different sizes, we find the following sizes best suited for most families:
X-Large Egg: If you entertain a lot and cook for large parties. Remember the bigger the Egg, the longer it takes to get it going. So, if you are looking to use the Egg on an everyday basis, you may want to consider a smaller version.
Grid Diameter: 24 inches, Cooking Area: 452 sq. inches
According to the company, X-Large Egg can cook "2x20-pound turkeys, 24 burgers, 11 whole chickens, 12 steaks, or 12 racks of ribs vertically."
Large Egg: Most favored and optimum size Egg. Heats up fast and large enough to handle everyday use as well as neighborhood parties.
Grid Diameter: 18 1/4 inches, Cooking Area: 262 sq. inches
According to the company, Large Egg can cook "20-pound turkeys, 12 burgers, 6 chickens vertically, 8 steaks, or 7 racks of ribs vertically."
Medium Egg: Great for city dwellers. We tend to sell it to our urban customers in greater New York City. Does not take too much space and super effective as a bbq and smoker.
Grid Diameter: 15 inches, Cooking Area: 177 sq. inches
According to the company, Medium Egg can cook "18-pound turkey, 6 burgers, 3 chickens vertically, 4 steaks, or 4 racks of ribs vertically."
Mini-Max: Portable & cute.
Is tiny, yet functional. Designed for portability.
Essential Accessories for Big Green Egg
The Nest is the stand your Big Green Egg sits in, unless you are building a custom table for your Egg. The nest is designed to have your ceramic grill at the proper grilling height, and is on locking wheels so you can easily move the grill around.
Without the Conveggtor in place, the Big Green Egg is used as a more traditional grill and is perfect for cooking things like steak, burgers, fish and vegetables. With the conveggtor in place, it turns your Egg into a roaster or smoker for indirect cooking methods. The Conveggtor is a ceramic plate that allows the air to flow and circulate around the Egg like a convection oven. With the conveggtor in place it is ideal for roasting a whole chicken, cooking pizza, or a long, slow cook for ribs and brisket. The moisture retained in the Egg while cooking fills your food with flavor and retains all of the natural juices of what you are making.
Purchasing a Big Green Egg is no quick decision. It is an investment in a lifestyle and you want to take care of your Egg. The Big Green Egg covers are made from heavy duty, UV protected materials and are made to withstand the elements and protect your Egg.
The Big Green Egg’s charcoal is not like any other charcoal on the market. It is all natural hardwood charcoal in large chunks and because of it’s size, it lasts longer, creates less ash and is more efficient than other hardwood charcoal brands.
These firestarters from Big Green Egg are made from all natural ingredients and get nestled in your charcoal for a quick, efficient light.
Ash Pan & Tool
It is essential to clean your Egg out before each use. You will want to get all of the ash out of the bottom of your Egg. The Ash Tool is an essential tool for all Big Green Egg users. They are designed to fit through the vent into the firebox for quick removal of the ash that you scrape onto the Ash Pan for disposal.
This is the perfect tool for lifting the grate off your Egg when you need to add more charcoal, need to add or remove the conveggtor for indirect cooking mode to grilling mode, or vice versa. The grid lifter is comfortable and slides easily into place to lift the grill off.
Big Green Egg Accessories for Steak Lovers
Cast Iron Cooking Grates
While the stainless steel grates included with the Big Green Egg are incredibly durable, upgrade to the cast iron cooking grates when you want steak house quality food. The Cast Iron grates get very hot, retain their heat and give you restaurant style sear marks on your steaks and chops.
The plancha griddle is also made out of cast iron and provides a great cooking surface for searing meats, vegetables and seafood.
For chicken and turkey, these ceramic cookers are awesome! They infuse your meat with so much flavor and moisture. Fill the ceramic cooker with your favorite liquid (beer, bourbon, cider), herbs and spices, then sit your poultry directly on the ceramic cooker and roast until done. When you carve the meat, it will fall right off the bone.
Instant Read Thermometer
Want to make sure your steak is done to your desired temperature? The Instant Read Thermometer is the tool for you. Insert the thermometer into your meat to check on the temperature. No guess work on when your meat is done with the Big Green Egg thermometer.
Automatic Temperature Control DigiQ BBQ Guru
The temperature control allows you to monitor the temperature of your egg while you are not right there. This comes in very handy if you are doing a long, slow smoke and you want to get a good nights’ sleep. The Temperature control will keep your Egg at temperature when you can not be there to monitor it.
Big Green Egg Tools for the Ultimate Pizza
The Big Green Egg is the perfect thing for making Brick Oven quality pizza, however you'll need to arm yourself with the right tools to get the job done.
Want the best pizza ever? It can be made in the Big Green Egg using the baking stone. Put your pizza on the pre-heated baking stone and you will get a wonderful crispy crust. The ceramic stone pulls the moisture out of your crust for brick-oven style pizza. Is it just for fresh, homemade pizza? No, pull out that frozen pizza and pop it in the Egg. Your friends will never know the difference between homemade and frozen pizza on the Egg.
The Big Green Egg baking stone is not just for Pizza! You can use the baking stone for flatbreads, cookies and pastries.
The Big Green Egg Pizza Peel is essential for getting your pizza on and off the baking stone. It’s design allows your pizza to slide right off onto the stone and to scoop right under your pizza when it is done.
Rockin Pizza Cutter
The Rockin Pizza cutter is a great tool for slicing your pizzas. But it is not just for cutting pizza, it can also be used for chopping garlic, herbs, mushrooms, and any of your other toppings.
How to start a Big Green Egg
Once you get your firestarters (retails around $6.95) ready
follow these 4 easy steps to become a Grill Master:
Build a small pyramid of lump charcoal and place the firestarter in the middle.
Light up the firestarter (you can use 1 or 2 starters if you wish)
Let the firestarter do its job for 10-15 minutes. IMPORTANT - while you are starting your Big Green Egg keep the top lid open. Make sure the bottom is clear of past ashes, and the small vent in the bottom is fully open.
Here is what you will get within 10-15 minutes. Several nicely charred lump coal pieces. Now you can close the top lid and leave the top-vent open on the metal cap.
People often ask us why they should consider Big Green Egg vs. Kamado Joe or other grills. The answer is simple. Of course, the quality of the product is the best when it comes to Big Green Egg. However, the main difference is that Big Green Egg is the only bbq brand that offers a passionate community. This will benefit you in multiple ways. You will be able to find recipes that are specially designed for your instrument. You will never be stuck with any questions. Just check out any forum activity. In-depth discussions and friendly nature of conversations are remarkable.
If you want a great way to do several types of outdoor cooking, we highly recommend a Big Green Egg. After almost ten years of selling outdoor grills and appliances, I can confidently say that Big Green Egg is the best quality Kamado grill with the highest level of customer support in its class. If you would like to check out their full range of products feel free to give us a call at 888.714.4938 or click here. for our online catalog but we really want you to visit one of our appliance store locations in Bedminster, NJ or in Montclair, NJ.
How does Big Green Egg work?
Here is a really descriptive explation of how a Big Green Egg works:
What is a conveggtor?
Big Green Egg Conveggtor (i.e. convector) is a ceramic plate you can use to separate the grill area from direct flames. This heavy ceramic allows you to do indirect cooking and prevents flareups. Just make sure to place the egg conveggtor legs ups as most people install it intuitively legs down.
Can I use regular charcoal in a Big Green Egg?
Yes, you can use regular charcoal in a Big Green Egg. However, please make sure not to use lighter fluid or charcoal dipped in quick lighting solutions. We recommend the Big Green Egg organic lump charcoal, which costs around $19.99 for a large bag. The lump charcoal is healthier, burns cleanly, and achieves the desired temperature faster than most other fuel types.