If you have a Big Green Egg, it is of utmost importance to clean and maintain it to preserve its quality and ease of use. They are expensive, cost more than $ 1000, but they are also versatile and extremely durable. Now because they are so valuable, you should not only know how to use these amazing kamado smokers, but also how to clean them well. There are many ways to clean your Big Green Egg, including basic cleaning, ash cleaning, mold cleaning, and burn cleaning. These types of cleaning may sound complicated, but they are actually similar. Whenever cleaning the Big Green Egg, it is important to note that you should not use water or liquids, rather than cleaning wood pellet racks. Because the Big Tree Egg is made of ceramic, it requires care and attention with a specific cleaning method. All of these methods follow the same steps and warnings. Along with these regular cleanings, it is also important to know how to maintain it to preserve it for years to come.
How to clean your Big Green Egg?
There are many ways to clean your Big Green Egg, and each shape is suitable for a different purpose. Here are some cleaning tips that we often follow at Grills Forever. Look at these!
1. Basic Cleaning:
For basic cleaning, just let it burn a little after cooking and scrape away any residue with a spatula or grill scraper. Then wipe the exterior with a damp cloth.
2. Ash Cleaning:
For ash cleaning, simply place an ash tray on the bottom of the egg and use an ash tool to scrape the ashes out of the inside of the egg. Because the Big Green Egg does not produce large amounts of ash, this is only required from time to time. The cleaning method explained below, which you should do regularly, from time to time, is relatively easy and straightforward to do.
First, scrape off any dirt or debris from inside the lid and around the inside of the chamber with a bit of steel wool or a rough sponge. You want to avoid the use of chemicals or water that can damage the ceramic inside your grill. Then empty any ash into the ash chamber and use about 5 pounds from a charcoal bag to burn the Big Green Egg. Let it sit for about an hour as it burns at about 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the grill has cooled sufficiently, scrape as much ash as possible through the bottom vent. Then use a sturdy sponge or a piece of aluminum foil to clean the vents on the sides. Remove the grate and clean the remaining ashes. If you have a stainless steel grill, you can wash it with soapy water and a sponge. However, with a cast iron grill, you should use a wire brush to scrub it off and scrape off all the food particles.
3. Cleaning the mold:
To clean any mold or other debris, simply burn it as shown above. If the mold is on the outside, just wipe it off with a damp cloth. Be sure to clean up any mold you find, as leaving it can be detrimental to your healthy roasting efforts. These Big Green Egg cleaning methods will help you keep it as long as possible.
In addition to cleaning the Big Green Egg, it is also essential to store and maintain it well.
- When not in use, never let rain or water get inside the grill. Especially during cold weather, it is important to store it or keep it completely covered, since if it rains indoors, it will seep through the ceramic. Once it turns into ice, it will expand and possibly crack your grill.
- Never use water or other chemicals to clean the grill, as this can lead to the same problem.
- It is recommended to clean your Big Green Egg right after each use and at any time before storage. This discourages the accumulation of food particles or residue from the sauces when cooking next time or the accumulation of mold when they are stored.
- Clean the interior and remove the ashes before storing your Big Green Egg. Since it doesn't come with any ash cleaning system, you have to do it manually.
- Make sure everything is dry and clean any vents. During storage, periodically check for moisture that has accumulated under the cover and, to be safe, store it in a cool, dry place.
- If you find that during storage your Big Green Egg has come to pick up any mold, simply clean it using the methods described above as quickly as possible.
If you maintain and store it properly, this costly investment will serve you for years to come.
A large green egg can be an expensive grill, but it is versatile and extremely tough. By taking proper care of it, it will remain usable for many, many years. When cleaning the Big Green Egg, it is always important to remember that you never use water or liquids to clean the interior. Generally, scraping away any grime with a sturdy sponge or aluminum foil and burning the rest will clean it up very well. Be sure to clean the vents, grill, grates, interior and exterior from time to time.
When storing it, it is always important to check moisture or mold growth. If there is any kind of mold growth, be sure to clean your Big Green Egg right away. Before storing, clean it using the method described in the second paragraph and make sure all parts are dry. During storage, check the grill for any type of mold or residue. Although a Big Green Egg may seem like a handful to care for, its versatility and durability will make up for its shortcomings. If you make good use of your Big Green Egg and take good care of it, it is guaranteed to last a lifetime.