Gary, Travel Country Outfitters' resident Eggspert shares Eight Must-Have Accessories (aka Eggcessories) that each new Big Green Egg cook in Orlando should have.
You'll need the Ash Tool to remove the ashes from the bottom of the egg as your charcoal burns. It comes in varying sizes depending on the egg you purchase.
The Kick Ash Basket is fits inside the egg to hold the charcoal. It allows much more airflow into the egg from the bottom and helps control the temperature of the egg more efficiently.
Charcoal is one of the most important accessories. Be careful not to use any charcoal or chemical accelerant inside the egg. These chemicals will impregnate the ceramic and you'll soon be tasting that chemical in your food. Big Green Egg Charcoal is an all-natural lump charcoal made of hickory and oak that comes from the United States.
To clean the burnt pieces off the grate, you'll need a Grate Cleaner. The Grate Cleaner is best used when the egg is hot. It has a metal v on the end to scrub away burnt and crusted food. Do not use a wire brush on your eggs. Particles from the brush can break off and find their way into your food.
Most Big Green Egg newbies don't realize the Nest is not included with the Egg. The nest keeps the egg off of the ground, much like a table, and helps prevent the egg from being knocked over and breaking, an accident that won't be covered by the lifetime warranty.
The ConvEGGtor allows you to use your grill as a smoker. The Conveggtor, previously known as the plate setter, sits inside the fire ring and the grate sits on top of the plate setter. This allows heat to be dispersed, often referred to as indirect heat.
The Wok is Gary's favorite option for cooking vegetables. Almost any vegetable works: zucchini, squash, potatoes, mushrooms, etc. Simply a bit of oil and some spices as they suate right on the grill.
The V-Rack is a basket piece that will hold two whole chickens or a single turkey. Placed Up-side down, the V-rack holds six half slabs of ribs, seasoned and separated perfectly. It's a multi-purpose and essential tool.
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