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Wednesday 20 June 2018

What is the Big Green Egg? Meghan Markle, David Beckham and Irish chefs Kevin Dundon and Ross Lewis are all fans

Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Meghan Markle, David Beckham and top Irish chefs like Kevin Dundon, Ross Lewis and Neven Maguire have all given it their seal of approval.

It's also one of the more eye-catching elements at this year’s Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens this weekend.

The Big Green Egg - a hand-made ceramic egg which is made in the same factory as a space shuttle in Mexico - is said to be the king of barbecue cooking.

Kevin Dundon from Dunbrody Country House Hotel in Wexford told Independent.ie: “I cook my Christmas ham every year at home on my green egg. You can smoke your food as well as barbecue.”

“Today I’m cooking a brisket of beef on there, wrapped in hay, so that’s been on for 12 hours. It’ll literally just falls apart and the flavour is so intense.”

“I love cooking in hay because you get the sweetness from the hay and the smokiness particularly when you barbecue, and it keeps everything really, really moist inside.”

He added: “I do a loin of lamb in it, a breast of chicken in hay, and I know when I do a demo and I start cooking in hay everyone thinks I’m mad, but then when they try it, they get the sweetness of that grass coming through your food. It’s fantastic flavour.”

Michael Hogan from Big Green Egg in Glasthule, Co Dublin says it allows up to 18 hours of cooking, either by grilling, slow cooking, and it can reach temperatures hot enough to cook pizzas.

Goat, pork belly and turkey sliders  t Taste of Dublin, Michael and his team will be cooking over the weekend.

“Goat is an unusual trend that we’ve spotted in the last 12 to 18 months. It’s a very good quality meat, so today we’re trying it in a taco style.”

“Traditionally the family menu for barbecues is ‘we can only cook it in the summer, and we can only cook burgers and sausages on it’. The Big Green Egg changes all of that, it changes the fashion trend in cooking,” he said.

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