Big Green Egg - Getting Started

Are you a Big Green Egg First-Timer? CONGRATULATIONS!

Here are some useful tips and videos to help you get started safely.

Please read these tips before first using your EGG®. (click to expand tip)
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DO NOT cook at high temperatures on your first use
This may damage the gasket before it can properly seat itself. Keep the temperature on your first few cooks under 350°F / 177°C to allow the gasket adhesive to fully cure and adhere to the EGG. If you do happen to damage the gasket, you can easily replace it with one available from any BGE dealer.

YOUR EGG lights DIFFERENTLY than other grills
Please only use Organic Lump Charcoal and follow the lighting instructions in order to prevent damage to your EGG and achieve best lighting results. You food will taste better too!

NEVER use lighter fluid
Lighter fluids will be absorbed into the ceramics, permanently contaminating your EGG with nasty chemicals and tainting the flavour of your food. Instead, use Big Green Egg All Natural Charcoal Starters or our Electric Charcoal Starter, both of which are odor-free and will be the fastest method of reaching a cooking temperature without any exposure to chemical fumes.

Always use our Natural Organic Lump Charcoal
Your EGG is designed to cook efficiently for long periods of time at a wide range of temperatures. This can only be achieved using the optimum fuel, and that’s why we take great care to specify that only premium select All Natural Hardwood Organic Lump Charcoal is packaged in the Big Green Egg bag. Many generic brands and charcoal briquettes are made with wood by-products, chemical fillers, petroleum products and other undesirable materials – and as a result they don’t work as well or they generate huge amounts of ash, which can clog or block the airflow within the firebox of the EGG – to say nothing of the taste of your food! Using the best organic charcoal will reward you in many ways!

Keep your charcoal DRY
Although damp charcoal will burn, it is often more difficult to light. You can utilize the charcoal remaining in the firebox from your last cook, but these coals may have absorbed moisture, particularly if it has been rainy or humid. To remedy this, simply mix in 50% more dry charcoal to ensure fast lighting. Try to keep your spare charcoal in a dry environment or in a bin with a lid so it won’t absorb humidity or moisture.

ALWAYS Cook with the DOMED LID CLOSED
Your Big Green Egg is designed to remain closed while cooking, using the patented air control devices to regulate temperature. Leaving the dome open will accelerate the flame and temperature to points that are counterproductive to cooking properly, and can be dangerous. When checking or moving food, to prevent heat loss try to minimize the time you have the dome opened.

Remember: “If you’re looking … you’re not cooking!”

Particularly if you are used to torching your steaks on a “different” type of grill, you are going to be very pleasantly surprised once you see how easily you can achieve “steakhouse” grilled steaks at 700°F / 370°C by leaving the dome closed and letting the magic of the Big Green Egg do the work for you!

NOTICE – PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE ASSEMBLY OR FIRST USE OF YOUR EGG®
  • ALWAYS EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN USING ANY HOT COOKING DEVICE. THE EGG, COOKING GRID AND CHARCOAL ARE HOT WHEN IN USE!
  • ALWAYS USE EXTREME CARE WHEN TRANSPORTING, LOADING OR UNLOADING AN EGG AS PRODUCT IS HEAVY AND PERSONAL INJURY OR DAMAGE CAN OCCUR IF DROPPED OR TIPPED OVER.
  • EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN HANDLING AN EGG TO AVOID ANY INJURY FROM METAL PARTS OR HOT SURFACES.
  • ALWAYS TAKE CARE WHEN HANDLING HINGE ASSEMBLY, DUAL FUNCTION METAL TOP AND STAINLESS STEEL DRAFT DOOR TO AVOID POSSIBLE INJURY FROM METAL EDGES.
  • ALWAYS EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN LIGHTING CHARCOAL, COOKING WITH HOT CHARCOAL OR HANDLING HOT COOKING SURFACES.
  • NEVER ATTEMPT TO PULL, ROLL OR MOVE A HOT EGG – CAUTION! COALS ARE HOT WHEN IN USE AND MAY CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE IF EGG IS TIPPED OVER.

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