"We've been looking at them and lusting after them for at least a decade." That's Nancy Leson talking about the Big Green Egg outdoor cooker. She and husband Mac had always been put off by the price – some models cost more than $1,000. And that's not including accessories.
But Mac's friend Alan and Craigslist came to the rescue. Together, they found a reasonably priced, used BGE, which Mac brought home just in time to roast an Easter leg of lamb.
Was it any good?
"It was the best Easter lamb we've ever had in our lives. In fact it was the best lamb, period."
Here it is ready to roast with a chimichurri marinade by Argentine chef Francis Mallman.
Out of the egg and onto the board
The Big Green Egg is just one of many makes of an ancient design going back at least 3,000 years, now known as kamado cookers. There are many makes on the market today. Here's a comprehensive article by Max Good on the comparative merits of the top models.
"...You'd never find a gorilla frying up some bananas for dinner or a lion charcoal broiling a zebra steak." –Dick Gregory