A Mid-Winter Reflection on Big Green Christmas Cooking
Christmas is a long way off but recent enough to relate this Big Green Egg experience from our first family Christmas with our Big Green Egg. As a native New Englander, the basics of our Christmas feast growing up always included roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, and Yorkshire pudding. I was eager to make this treasure trove of goodness for our first Christmas with our Big Green Egg (the roast beef that is). There was one hiccup, my in-laws, not my parents, would be joining us for dinner. You see, my mother in-law doesn't eat red meat, and so she requested a turkey. She also requested a dinner time of around 2pm. Eager to please and try again at a better turkey than Thanksgiving, I said yes, we will do both!
I scoured the internet, Youtube, Big Green Egg Forums, etc. for advice on how to cook a Prime Rib Roast on the Egg, but also how to cook both the roast and a turkey at the same time. The roast videos said slow and low at 250, while the turkey calls for 325 at X minutes per pound. Then I found a post on the Big Green Egg Forum that said cook everything at 300, and just cook to temp. I took the cook at 300 advice but wanted everything to be done at the same time so I staggered the cooking times. Turkey first then prime rib.
We injected the bird with creole butter, and placed it on the Big Green Egg ceramic vertical roaster. I poured a can of beer and a stick of butter in the roaster, and drizzled EVO and patted the bird with salt and pepper. I put the bird on the Egg at around 10:30 in the morning. After some serious Christmas gift opening and breakfast, I drizzled some EVO on the roast to absorb the Montana Steak rub (we moved to Charleston from Montana), wrapped it in foil and let it "soak" for a bit. I put the roast on around 1pm and let everything cook to temp. The bird finished first, and the roast followed soon thereafter.
The turkey was a hit for everyone. The white meat meat was juicy and the dark was perfect! My father in-law who gets to eat red meat when mom in-law is away, or when I cook it, loved the roast beef. I wasn't sure I could pull it off but I did with a victorious smile on my face. Simply put, there is nothing you can't do on the Big Green Egg. I hope that your feast was as delicious as ours!
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