Archive | January 2011

Why I Bought The Big Green Egg

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!