The Bottom Line
The Big Green Egg has been producing these Kamado-style grills for decades. This monster is their largest grill and a special order product. It's a luxury item that might just be better for catering than backyard cooking. Certainly not as big as Weber's Ranch Kettle, this is still a very large charcoal grill and at around 400 pounds there are some logistical issues with buying something like this.
- Ceramic shell holds heat for even cooking
- Excellent ventilation gives you great heat control
- Works great as a smoker
- Can be shut down to snuff out remaining charcoal
- Huge cooking area
- Really only useful for very large cookouts
- Very expensive
- 29-inch diameter cooking surface (672 square inches)
- Top vent cap is cast iron - bottom vent is stainless steel
- Heavy ceramic shell
- Glazed interior makes it easy to clean
- Spring loaded lid offsets the weight
- Ceramic made in Mexico
Guide Review - Big Green Egg XXL
The Big Green Egg is a legend amongst backyard cooks. With the ability to hit temperatures over 600 degrees or hold them as low as 200 degrees, this unit is perfect for searing steaks and smoking briskets. The XXL unit is the largest of the Eggs and the 29-inch diameter cooking surface (672 square inches of primary cooking space) is large enough to cook a dozen chickens.
Large enough for big parties or even catering, the only problem is that it isn't very mobile.
But let's be honest, at this size, weight and price, there isn't a large market for this ultimate Kamado grill. This is why Big Green Egg only makes a limited number of these. On the other hand, this model has everything one would expect: excellent temperature control, wide cooking ranges, and durable construction.
This is also a very efficient grill, but this is a very big grill and getting it up to temperature will take a lot of fuel and some time. Of course, it will still burn through less charcoal than other comparable sized products.
Big Green Egg and their dealers are renowned for their service and support so you can really trust making this investment. Check current Big Green Egg prices for the latest information about this grill. This grill will most likely need to be ordered in advance with special arranges made for delivery.
This grill is only available through authorized dealers. Check out Big Green Egg's dealer locater to find one.
Looking for something a little smaller? Try the Big Green Egg XL.