The XL Big Green Egg barbecue is the biggest in the current range and is a 'must have' if you regularly cater for a very large family group or for big get-togethers. The Extra Large's 24" diameter cooking surface will perfectly cook twice as many burgers as the Large Big Green Egg. That's 24 in total, but of course being an Egg it has been designed to do so much more than basic charcoal grilling and in the process make it all very easy for you too. It's why it's widely regarded as the ultimate barbecue. Flame grill, bake, steam, smoke, roast, cook low and slow and in a paella pan or on a plancha griddle and follow confidently in the footsteps of some of the world's best chefs.
Having twice the capacity of the Large Egg you'd be forgiven for thinking that the XL will use twice the charcoal – but you'd be wrong. The superior construction and insulation of all Big Green Eggs means that very little heat is wasted and therefore very little fuel is used, so in reality there is really very little difference in the fuel economy between the two. Both models are highly efficient. If you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed and you definitely need the extra capacity then the XL Big Green Egg is the one for you.
With the Extra Large Big Green Egg not only can you barbecue directly over the charcoal but now that the very clever ConvEGGtor accessory is included as standard you'll be able to quickly turn your Egg into a highly efficient outdoor convection oven. You can cook a much bigger range of dishes with indirect heat while still infusing them with the wonderful wood fired flavours we all love. Nothing can replicate that gentle charcoal flavour the Egg is renowned for. Crispy pizza bases, tasty rustic breads, delicious hot smoked salmon, succulent pulled pork and probably the best roast chicken you've ever tasted, can all become a reality with the XL.
The secret to this success is in the XL Egg's air-tight high temperature rim gasket that seals in both the moisture and the flavour as well as the Egg's consistent heat and precision temperature control that makes for reliable high quality cooking. For the Extra Large model Big Green Egg offer an amazing range of well-thought out and well-made optional accessories, including a thick pizza baking stone for 21" pizzas, that will make producing the widest variety of delicious, flavoursome, restaurant quality food a stroll in the park. Highly recommended is the 11-piece Ultimate EGGspander kit which includes just about everything you could possibly need to further enhance the XL's supreme versatility and allow you to prepare a wider variety of food using multiple cooking accessories at the same time.
It will take about fifteen to twenty minutes to get your Extra Large Big Green Egg up to a good working temperature which will give you time to prep the food that it's going to easily swallow up. After that the world's your lobster or virtually anything else that you fancy. You're only really limited by your imagination. Once the food is placed inside the Egg and the lid is lowered then the oven heat can be monitored with its large integrated temperature gauge and adjusted accordingly by using a combination of the patented cast iron regulator on the top and the sliding door on the ash compartment at the base. The more air you let into the Egg through these two vents then the higher the internal temperature will be. This precise heat control means that with the Egg there's no need for huge amounts of charcoal. When cooking is completed the combustion air can be fully closed off to safely extinguish the fire so that any remaining charcoal can be reused next time.
When you own a Big Green Egg you'll be looking for any excuse to use it whatever the weather. There's a whole community of Eggheads out there, especially on YouTube, to provide you with all the help, innovative recipes and encouragement that will quickly make you an expert cook. Quite a few of the videos are made by The Stove Yard (as we said, any excuse to tuck into some truly succulent wood fired food) which means that we have our very own Eggheads on hand to advise you when you visit our showrooms.
There's a lot of talk about the Big Green Egg's hand crafted Nasa-grade hand made thick wall ceramics with their iconic dimples, but the simple fact is that the superior insulation that this provides is so much better than that provided by any other ceramic outdoor ovens and this will consequently deliver you improved heat retention and much better fuel economy – both essential for an oven as big as the XL. Big Green Egg's high gloss ceramics also weigh in at around 40% heavier than their nearest equivalent competitor and give the Egg the strength and durability that will make it last. With such high quality components it's easy to see why Big Green Egg are happy to offer you a lifetime guarantee on their products. They know that they're just about the best you can get.
With the Extra Large XL you also get Big Green Egg's renowned precision control and temperature accuracy. The patented system, with its cast iron regulator cap and stainless steel ash compartment air control will supply consistent heat whatever temperature you decide to set all the way up to 400ºC. It also has the ability maintain the very low temperatures needed for successful low and slow cooking and smoking making these last for periods up to 18 hours. Since the Extra Large Egg's lid is extremely heavy there are two very reliable heavy duty spring loaded hinges for balanced easy and gentle opening and closing. There's also a high temperature refractory dome gasket to ensure a longer lasting air-tight seal to further aid fuel efficiency and temperature control.
Assembly of the Extra Large XL Big Green Egg will take around 90 minutes for two strong people – it weighs over 15 stone and great care will need to be taken to safely locate it. For this reason we strongly recommend buying the appropriate Egg stand (Nest) with wheels to make this a lot easier. At The Stove Yard we're also happy to build your Egg for you and to deliver it personally if you live locally. Please ask us for details – email@example.com.
If you're planning on making your own table / stand to hold your new XL Big Green Egg or perhaps even an entire outdoor kitchen please check-out Big Green Egg's special advice on how to safely and securely accommodate your Egg here.
Once you've cooked on your Extra Large XL Egg it's very easy to keep it clean once it has cooled down. Rake out any ash (unless your using again it within a few days). You can save any large pieces of charcoal for re-use. Simply wipe down the internal ceramics with a cloth and then thoroughly clean food debris and fat from any grates or metal accessories with a grill brush as you would with any other barbecue.
Maintaining your Extra Large XL Egg is easy too. After using it for about a month you'll have to carefully re-tighten up any bolts and apply some machine oil to the hinges and also apply a wipe of cooking oil (not olive oil) to the cast iron regulator cap on the lid. When not in use, leave both air vents open and keep the Egg covered and protected from the elements. If you use your XL Big Green Egg a lot then after a few years you're eventually bound to experience some minor wear and tear so it's good to know that Big Green Egg carry spares for everything you're ever likely to need and that the care and support they provide their customers is first class.
First off,the XL is plenty big as they say. There's unlikely ever to be a substantial meal when the Extra Large Big Green Egg doesn't rise to the occasion. It cooks so quickly that no-one will be kept waiting for long, either for their first serving or for second helpings. Superb charcoal grilling is just the beginning because you also get the remarkable versatility that the Egg is world renowned for. Whether you simply want the very best for your new outdoor kitchen or you just want to trade up for something better than your old grill then the Big Green Egg XL won't disappoint – either with its outstanding performance or its capacity to easily create copious amounts of restaurant quality food, whether it's for a large family (12+ or more) or lots of friends.
Your XL Big Green Egg comes with everything you'll need to get cooking right away, except for the lump charcoal. There's no need to season your Egg either.
|Brand||Big Green Egg|
|Model||XL (Extra Large). The largest in the Egg range of three|
|Construction||Nasa-grade thick ceramic lid and base|
|Cool-touch metal handle with wooden grip|
|High temperature gasket rim seal|
|Cast iron regulator|
|Stainless steel ash compartment door / air control|
|Refractory ceramic internal components|
|Features||Tel-tru integrated thermometer for precise cooking|
|Spring loaded hinges for well balanced lid|
|Large cool-touch sustainably sourced acacia wood handle|
|ConvEGGtor plate for versatile cooking with indirect heat Ash door mesh screen spark guard to prevent fly ash and ember escape|
|Heat Up Time (approx)||12 to 20 minutes (300ºC)|
|Finish||British Racing Green high gloss ceramic base and lid Contrast black powder coated metalwork,|
|Stainless steel ash door / air control|
|Optional Finishes||None (if it's not green it's not an Egg)|
|Net Weight (unpacked)||99kg / 15 stone 9lb approx|
|Options||Various direct and indirect cooking accessories available including:|
|pizza baking stone|
|cast iron searing grid|
|Choice of full all-weather covers|
|Various table / stand options (known as Nests)|
|Capacity (approx)||8 to 10 whole chickens (vertically)|
|2 x 6kg meat joints|
|2 x 9kg (20lb) turkey|
|12 racks of ribs (vertically)|
|21" pizza (when optional baking stone is used)|
|3 smoking planks with for example, 5 fish fillets on each|
|Overall Dimensions (mm) approx||H820 Dia 690 / H32" Dia 27" approx|
|Grill diameter (mm) approx 610mm / 24"|
|Cooking surface area 2919 cm² / 452 sq inches (3.13 sq ft)|
|Temperature range||90ºC to 400ºC (750ºF ) approx|
|Controls||Integral 75mm (3") diameter oven temperature gauge|
|Top daisy wheel regulator|
|Ash door air control|
|Guarantee||Limited lifetime warranty on core ceramics components:|
|Lid, body, firebox and fire ring|
|Three years on other components|
Each XL Big Green Egg has been meticulously built using the very best materials and is rigorously inspected prior to dispatch. Your investment in the Extra Large Big Green Egg is protected by Big Green Egg's free lifetime limited warranty to provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that it will be supported and backed up by a company with a worldwide five decade long reputation for delivering outstanding customer service. To find out more please check out the Big Green Egg Warranty page here.