Six Days with My Big Green Egg – Day 2

Day 1 with my new Egg was pretty simple.  Get the Egg to 300° for the A.B.T.s. Then up to 400° for the corn and then to 550° for the steaks and asparagus.  My friend showed me how to zero in on the temperature I needed for each dish. Planning a menu that only required increasing the heat made it easy.

Yesterday I tried a little lower and slower. 5 Spice Asian baby back ribs with vegetable stir fry and rice.  These cooked at 300° for 3 hours.

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They weren’t the best ribs I’ve ever made.  I never made decent ribs on that P.O.S C.O.S I ditched for the Egg, but I was pretty good with ribs and my small water smoker.

While these weren’t the best I’d ever made, they were the best easy ribs I’ve ever made.  Once I got the Egg stabilized at 300°, it just held that temperature like it had a mind of its own.  When I opened the lid to baste the ribs, the temp would drop slightly. But it returned to 300° within minutes of closing the lid and it never varied more than a couple of degrees off 300°.

No checking the water pan. No removing the meat and pan to add more fuel.  No fire smothering itself in ashes.  Just easy.

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Here are the ribs and mop, ready to go on the Egg.  Safeway only had one rack of baby backs, so I halved the recipe.  One rack was enough for dinner.

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While the ribs were cooking, I started the stir fry.  Napa Cabbage, carrots, red bell peppers, fresh ginger, garlic, zucchini, bean sprouts and scallions. The cooking sauce is a combination of lemon juice, orange juice, sesame seed oil and a couple of other things.

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I topped it all off with fresh basil and cilantro from the garden.

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The stir fry held a surprise I’ll write more about later.

After an hour or so, I pulled the ribs out of the rib rack and just laid them across the top of it.  That made it a lot easier to mop them every half hour.

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After three hours the ribs were nearly perfect.  Tender, a little smokey, not quite falling off the bone, just a little “pull” instead.

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Two for two.  So far that Egg is batting 1000.

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About fzinger

I read and I write. I read a lot and I write when I can.
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