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Throwback Thursday! Original Kamado Egg

Original Big Green Egg

Original Big Green Egg, Photo by Caryn

BBQ as a pastime and lifestyle has really taken hold in the United States the last two decades. Organizations like the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) and the Memphis BBQ Network (MBN) have seen exponential growth in their memberships, and there are many other strong regional organizations. A growing portion of the competitive cook teams as well as backyard weekend warriors use the Big Green Egg as their grill/smoker of choice.

Though the Big Green Egg Company did not start ┬áin the United States until the mid-1970’s, Americans, mainly servicemen, have been familiar with this style of cooking since the 1940’s. It is a ‘kamado style’ ceramic cooker. What makes this type of cooker so versatile is that it can attain high heat quickly for searing as well as maintaining a low heat to smoke items all day. The above photo is of one of these cookers that a serviceman brought back to the States on an empty transport plane decades ago.

 

Comments (2)

  1. Chris Weatherbee

    I have a Kamado very similar to this that my dad bought in the early 70’s. It cooks AWESOME meat. I wouldn’t give mine up for the world.

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