Wandering around Ballard this past weekend, my friend Chris and I came across a Big Green Egg, aka "World's Best Smoker and Grill" aka "The Original American Designed Ceramic Cooker." It was cooking two stuffed chickens and a some sausages outside the Sutter Home & Hearth store on Ballard Avenue.
According to the brochure the Sutter Home & Hearth fellow gave us, The Big Green Egg is based on a traditional Asian cooker called a "kamado." The idea is that it cooks at high heat without drying out the food it's cooking. It smokes at low temperatures and grills at high ones...up to 750 F...using coals, a lighter (but no lighting fluid), and a starter like a few sheets of newspaper. It comes in several sizes, including a Big Green Egg Chiminea. But it's always...green.