How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

Setting up the Big Green Egg for low and slow cooking is easy to do. This post shows you how to get your Big Green Egg setup for a temperature between 200° and 275° which is the perfect range for classic BBQ. Now sit back, grab an ice cold beer and and enjoy this post for How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow.

 

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

First thing you do is clean out the ashes from the bottom of your Fire Box. Make sure all the ash and debris is cleared from the Draft Door and the holes in the Fire Box, as airflow is key to successful temperature management. Here I am using the new Big Green Egg Fire Stainless Steel Fire Bowl. This device sits in your Fire Box and lets you clean up ash quickly.

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

Next add some fresh Big Green Egg Lump Charcoal to your Fire Box.

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

I like to use wood chunks for my low and slow cooks. They burn slowly and 2-3 chunks are all you need for a long cook. Remember, the first 3 hours of the cook is where you get the smoke flavor, so you do not need to add wood chunks to your Big Green Egg after the 2-3 chunks are gone.

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

Now that your lump charcoal and wood chunks are in place, it is time to light the Big Green Egg. I am using the new EGGniter to light the charcoals. For long cooks with a low temperature, I light my charcoal in one small spot. This helps me bring the temperature up slowly to the desired range of 200° to 275°.

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

To help me manage the temprature for a long cook I use the Big Green Egg EGG Genius. This device hooks up a fan to the Draft Door and monitors the pit temp with a probe. If the temp drops from the target, the fan blows. If the temp gets to high, the fan shuts off starving the burning charcoal of oxygen. (NOTE: If you do not have a device like this, you can still set this up by closing the bottom vent 90% of the way after reaching your desired temperature).

Make sure to place your ConvEGGtor inside as that sets you up for indirect cooking which is how you create the best BBQ.

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

Once you are close to the desired temperature (within 50°) close the top vent 90% of the way. This way you have enough air coming in and being able to escape to keep a small fire lit to hold your temperature.

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

That’s it, you now have a desired temperature of 250°. For cooks 8-12 hours, you should not need to refill your lump charcoal. Happy cooking everyone!

How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

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2 comments on “How to set your Big Green Egg for Low and Slow

  1. Hi Chris. I am used to the addage of having your charcoal at the white ash stage before putting your food on.
    I start my charcoal in a chimney starter, then put in the Egg, and add more charcoal on top. I then leave it to come to the white ash stage. By this time the temp is 500 – 600 F and I now have to tamp down & wait till I get back down to the temp I want.
    From what you’re saying, I can close the vents when I reach the desired temp, even though some charcoal is still black?

    1. Correct. Lump behaves differently than charcoal. Specifically for a longer cook. What I want is to start a small fires that burns slowly through the whole cook which gives me two things: wood smoke flavor whole cook as the wood chunks catch at different times over the duration of the cook and second is I do not have to reload fuel.