How To Clean and Maintain Your Big Green Egg
The Big Green Egg is designed to provide a lifetime of grilling enjoyment. Many Big Green Egg owners use their EGG year-round, no matter the weather! Big Green Eggs are known for their quality of construction and durability and are backed by a lifetime warranty.
You should perform basic maintenance and cleaning on your Big Green Egg to ensure it performs at its best. These quick cleaning and maintenance tips for your Big Green Egg will get you back to grilling in no time!
How To Clean Your Big Green Egg
Cleaning the Cooking Grid
Cleaning your EGG’s cooking grid after every cook will ensure that your food tastes great. Simply use any grill cleaner with a nylon bristle brush to scrub off leftover food and grease from the cooking grid.
Cleaning the ConvEGGtor and Baking Stone
The ConvEGGtor and Big Green Egg baking stone require some regular care. Once these appliances have cooled completely, scrape off any food particles with a stiff, dry brush or plastic scraper and wipe with a damp cloth. Do not soak them in water or place them in the dishwasher.
It is important to note that the ConvEGGtor and baking stone will darken over time and possibly show stains. This is normal and will not affect the flavor of your food.
Cleaning the Outside Ceramic
Feel free to use a mild spray cleaner or detergent and a damp, non-abrasive cloth to clean the outside green exterior of your Big Green Egg. You won’t need to worry about cleaning the inside walls of your egg. The residual heat inside burns off grease build-up, similar to a self-cleaning oven.
Basic Big Green Egg Maintenance
The following tasks will help you maintain the integrity of your Big Green Egg.
Clean Out The Ash
You should clean out the ash that collects in the bottom of your Big Green Egg every 3-5 cooks. Clearing out this ash will help maintain optimal airflow through the firebox. To do this, ensure that your Big Green Egg has enough time to cool off and that any leftover charcoal is fully extinguished. You can insert your Big Green Egg Ash Tool into the draft door and scrape the ash into an ash pan or metal container.
We recommend that you remove the internal ceramics of your Big Green Egg once a year and use your ash tool or a vacuum to remove any ash from behind the firebox on the sides of the EGG.
Tighten The Nest Bolts and Band
Check the nuts, bolts, and band hardware on your Big Green Egg after assembly to ensure a snug fit. The casters, nest, and handler bolts should be checked frequently if you roll or move your EGG often. Checking the tightness of these fittings after the first few uses is suggested, with a rechecking of the nuts, bolts and bands every year to follow.
Replacing the Gasket
The gasket is responsible for sealing the gap between the bottom and top half of the EGG. If smoke is leaking from the seam that connects the base and dome or if the gasket shows excessive deterioration or wear, it should be replaced. We recommend that you inspect the gasket annually.