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BY MIKE CHILD, ACE HARDWARE
In the beginning, there was wood, leaves, lightning, and eventually fire. Ever since that moment, man found that cooking raw meat over a fire was a pretty good meal. Over the centuries, many cultures have cooked in clay-domed vessels fueled by wood. U.S. servicemen discovered this type of cooker during World War II and shipped them home after the war. The domed cookers were an exciting alternative to the metal charcoal or gas grills of the day, and people became enamored with the added flavors and juiciness of a kamado cooker.
WHAT IS BIG GREEN? IS IT AN OVEN? IS IT A SMOKER? IS IT A GRILL? THE ANSWER IS YES.
How is it an oven?
Using the indirect cooking method with convEGGtor, the EGG bakes bread, pizza, casseroles, cobblers, and pies better than your kitchen oven.
How is it a smoker?
The insulating ceramics of the Big Green Egg allow you to precisely control the temperature, even at low heat, for up to 18 hours.
How is it a grill?
Sear your steak like your favorite steakhouse by cranking up the heat to 750°F. Using the two dampers for accurate control, you can lower the heat to a more moderate temperature for other grilled foods.
What fuels the Big Green Egg?
The Big Green Egg uses a lump charcoal. Lump charcoal is a 100% American oak and hickory hardwood. Lump charcoal is kiln dried and has no chemicals. You don’t have to use lighter fluid, either.
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Mike’s Big Green Egg Pizza
Prep the Egg:
-Add lump charcoal to the Big Green Egg, filling to the first line. Let it warm up for 10 minutes with the egg fully open.
-Place the convEGGtor in and then the pizza stone.
-Close the lid and fully open both vents and pre heat to 700°F
-Burp the egg (open about an inch to let out some heat)
Prep your pizza:
-I use 20 oz. of refrigerated pizza dough (you can make your own)
-1⁄4 cup cornmeal
-2/3 cup pizza sauce
-1 1⁄2 cup of cheese
-I prefer pepperoni, but use whatever you want to top your pizza
Place your pie on the pizza stone and cook for about 10-15 minutes (watch for the crust to get that pretty golden color). *Use a pizza paddle when putting pizza in and taking it out*