Natural Lump Coal
Big Green Egg charcoal is made from a selection of 100% hardwoods. We do not add petroleum products and chemicals to our charcoal, since they can adversely affect the flavor of food. Natural lump charcoal burns hotter and cleaner and lights faster and easier than briquettes (briquettes often contain chemical additives, coal, limestone, paper binders, sawdust, starch or scrap lumber). Never use lighter fluid; with the use of either our electric lighter or our natural fire starters, lump charcoal is ready in minutes. The thick ceramic walls make the EGG very fuel efficient; you'll use less lump charcoal than you would if cooking with briquettes. Another advantage of pure lump charcoal is that it leaves little ash so less frequent cleaning out of the ash is required. When you finish cooking, just close the dampers to snuff out the fire and you'll preserve any unburned charcoal for your next cookout. To reuse, simply stir the remaining charcoal to allow ash to fall under the fire grate, add a few handfuls of fresh charcoal, and you're ready to go.
Aromatic Smoking Woods
Aromatic smoking woods are actually a very desirable form of seasoning because they add sumptuous flavor without adding any fat or calories. The wood smoke alters the taste of the food, resulting in a distinctive new flavor. As you master the art of smoking, you will learn how to mix and match the foods and woods for the most compatible combinations. You will also find personal favorites that your family especially enjoys; keep a record of those combinations, but remember experimenting is half the fun when it comes to smoking.
There are many types of wood that are appropriate for smoking, but hardwoods are the most desirable. (Softer woods such as pine or cedar should never be used because they contain high levels of tar and resins that will coat the food and impart a bitter flavor.) Fruit and nut tree woods like apple, cherry, maple, pecan, oak and hickory are traditional favorites of famous pitmasters and backyard barbecuers alike. Since each type of wood reacts differently with each type of meat or food, the flavor combinations that result are endless. It pays to get acquainted with the wood flavors so you know which ones are pungent and pair best with more distinctive meats, poultry and fish and which ones work best with the milder flavored meats or vegetables
The following flavors are available:
- Jack Daniels
- Sweet Maple
- Vintage Barrel Chips
- Mesquite Chips & Chunks
- Alder Chips
- Hickory Chips & Chunks
- Pecan Chips
20 pound bag of natural lump charcoal