My wife and I recently bought a house. This was a big deal for many reasons, not least of which was the backyard that comes with the house. Now keep in mind, this is a postage stamp urban backyard. But it’s outdoor space in San Francisco, which is nothing to shake a stick at. One of the key questions after the purchase of this house was what type of grill to buy.
I grew up a Weber kettle guy. I grilled in the bootleg backyard of my off-campus house in college. I grilled on the patio of the campus apartments in college. I grilled on my Weber kettle in the parking lot of my sketch-ville law school apartment. When my wife and I moved to California we left the rusted out Weber kettle in the parking lot of our Minnesota apartment. We moved into a San Francisco apartment without any outdoor space and I went three years without grilling.
So it was a big deal when I finally had a real grilling space to call my own. I called my brother, who lived in Mississippi for a spell, to talk about what kind of grill to buy. He told me that anyone worth his sauce in Mississippi has a Big Green Egg.
“A what?” I asked. “A Big Green Egg. Look it up.” So I did. I was mesmerized. The Big Green Egg sounded like the coolest thing ever. To those of you who don’t know, the Big Green Egg is a ceramic cooker / smoker / grill. It can basically do it all. It can smoke a brisket at 200 degrees for 13 hours, or it can fire a pizza at 600 degrees for 13 seconds. You can literally bake cookies on it. I haven’t yet, but I need to. Check back for updates.
After going back and forth between a fancy gas grill (for ease of use) and the Big Green Egg (as a mind-expanding hobby), I decided to pony up for the Big Green Egg. And boy, am I ever glad I did! I’ve enjoyed it so much I started this blog!