|Big Green Egg|
|Friday, 11 May 2012 19:44|
Tucker, Georgia, May 2012 — What is it? It’s the brand name of a kamado-style ceramic charcoal cooker. It’s commonly referred to as a kamado barbecue 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 also 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. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that manufacturing started in the Americas. The Big Green Egg Company was founded in 1974 by Ed Fisher and is based in Tucker, just a few miles north of Atlanta. Production of the Big Green Egg takes place in Monterrey, Mexico by the company Daltile. www.biggreenegg.com
The Big Green Egg’s shape reflects ancient technology in that it 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 Egg is manufactured from high fiber ceramics developed for the space shuttle program specifically designed to reflect heat and this allows temperatures of up to 650 degrees Celsius (1200 Fahrenheit) to be reached. The external surface has a high gloss ceramic glaze applied to provide crack and weather resistance.
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. 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 one can also bake bread or cook a pizza.
Prices vary by model and start at approximately $700 US. Several accessories are also available.
For more, visit www.biggreenegg.com
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