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How To Clean A Big Green Egg


Cleaning your Big Green Egg is something that every EggHead must do from time to time. Every time you use your grill, the ash falls to the bottom of the Egg and into the holes in the Fire Box, restricting the airflow. Having good airflow is essential for the Big Green Egg to maintain constant temperatures and burn charcoal efficiently. If you're having a hard time getting your Egg to high temperatures for searing steaks or having trouble maintaining constant temperatures over long cooks, you may need to clean out your Egg. No no no, I don’t mean just cleaning the ash out of the bottom of the egg, I mean taking apart the Egg and reallllllly cleaning it. Don’t be scared, it’s not that difficult.

Whatever you do, DO NOT use any cleaning products on the ceramic components of your Big Green Egg. In fact, this “cleaning” doesn’t even involve water at all. Remember, ceramic is a porous material and will absorb water along with the chemicals in a cleaning solution. If you heat ceramic that has moisture in it, it could crack. What’s worse is that if the ceramic has been cleaned with soap the chemicals could get into the food! So when we say “clean” we actually mean just a good dusting.

1. Remove the Unused Charcoal: First, stir around all the remaining charcoal in your Egg so any ash falls to the bottom then take out all the usable charcoal and set it aside.

2. Remove the Fire Ring, Grate, and Fire Box: Carefully remove the Fire Ring, Grate, and Fire Box from your Big Green Egg and set them aside. If you drop these pieces they will break. There isn’t a lot of room to grab the Fire Ring, so I have to grab it on the inside surface, which is a little tricky.

3. Clean the Remaining Ash: Once the ceramic components are removed, a large pile of ash will remain on the bottom of your Egg. If you have a shop-vac, this would be a great time to use it. Either way, you need to clean the remaining ash from the Egg.

4. Clean the Fire Box and Grate: Turn your attention to the Fire Box and Grate that you set aside previously. Just dust them off and make sure all the holes in these components are clear. These holes are critical in the airflow of your Egg so you need to be sure they are clear.

5. Put it Back Together: Carefully put all the components back together, replace the unused charcoal, and you’re done!

That wasn't so bad now was it?

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