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The Big Green Egg Grill is a versatile cooking appliance that can do so much more than just grilling. If you're a fan of Dutch oven cooking or looking to expand your outdoor culinary horizons, you'll be pleased to know that you can use your Big Green Egg Grill as a Dutch oven. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of using your beloved grill to create delicious, slow-cooked Dutch oven dishes that will leave your taste buds singing.



  1. Big Green Egg Grill: Ensure your grill is clean and in good working order.
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  2. Dutch Oven: Opt for a cast-iron Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid.

  3. Charcoal: You'll need high-quality charcoal for even and consistent heat.

  4. Fire Starters or Electric Starter: To ignite the charcoal.

  5. Oven Mitts and Long-Handled Tongs: For safety during cooking.

  6. Cooking Thermometer: To monitor the temperature inside the Dutch oven.
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1. Set Up Your Grill:

2. Adjust the Grill Temperature:

  • For Dutch oven cooking, you'll want to cook at a lower, consistent temperature. Aim for around 300-350°F (150-175°C).

3. Place Your Dutch Oven:

  • Once your charcoal is ready, carefully place the Dutch oven on the grill grate.

  • You can add a small heat-resistant spacer under the Dutch oven to ensure better airflow.

4. Add Ingredients:

  • Prepare your Dutch oven recipe with all the desired ingredients.

  • Place the lid on the Dutch oven to trap heat and moisture.

5. Control the Temperature:

  • To control the temperature inside the Dutch oven, adjust the top and bottom vents on your Big Green Egg Grill.
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  • A closed vent reduces airflow, while an open vent increases it. Experiment to find the right balance.

6. Monitor and Rotate:

  • Check the temperature inside the Dutch oven using a cooking thermometer.

  • Rotate the Dutch oven periodically to ensure even cooking.

7. Cooking Time:

  • Dutch oven recipes often require longer cooking times. Plan accordingly and be patient.
    For example, I have used my BGE as a Dutch oven recently to make potatoes with the charcoal taste and sensation. It took me 30 minutes less than it would have without the grill, and it taste all the same from a real campfire Dutch oven!

8. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Once your Dutch oven masterpiece is ready, carefully remove it from the grill using oven mitts and long-handled tongs.

  • Allow it to cool slightly before serving and savoring the delicious flavors.



Using your Big Green Egg Grill as a Dutch oven opens up a world of culinary possibilities. From slow-cooked stews to succulent roasts, your grill can handle it all. Experiment with different recipes, temperatures, and cooking times to master the art of Dutch oven cooking on your Big Green Egg Grill. With practice and patience, you'll be impressing family and friends with your outdoor culinary skills in no time. Happy grilling!


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