How to Use Heat Deflectors in Green Eggs

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The Big Green Egg is a popular outdoor ceramic cooker that, with the help of a heat deflector, can bake, roast and slow cook a variety of dishes. A heat deflector, also known as a plate setter, allows food to cook indirectly by creating space between the Big Green Egg's fire box and it's cooking area.
When positioned inside the Big Green Egg with its legs facing down, a plate setter creates a brick oven environment that is useful for baking a variety of items including bread, pizza and even cookies. Positioned with its legs up, a plate setter turns the cooker into a convention oven that roasts and slow cooks.

Things You'll Need

  • Big Green Egg
  • Lump charcoal
  • Paraffin fire starter or electrical starter
  • Match or lighter (optional)
  • Plate setter
  • Baking stone

For Baking

  • Fill the cooker's firebox with the lump charcoal. Using either a sawdust and paraffin fire starter or an electrical starter, light the charcoal as per the Big Green Egg's instruction manual.

  • Place the place setter, legs down, into the Big Green Egg. In this position the place setter's legs should be standing on the cooker's fire ring.

  • Place a baking stone on top of the place setter's ceramic disc and close the cooker's lid.

  • Preheat the baking stone for approximately one hour.

  • Open the cooker's lid and place the food you wish to bake on top of the stone. Close the Big Green Egg's lid and bake as per recipe directions.

Roast or Slow Cook

  • Fill the cooker's firebox with lump charcoal. Using either a sawdust and paraffin fire starter or an electrical starter, light the charcoal as per the Big Green Egg's instruction manual.

  • Place the plate setter, legs up, in the Big Green Egg. In this position the plate setter's ceramic disc should be resting on top of the fire ring.

  • Rest a cooking grid on top of the plate setter's legs.

  • Place the item to be cooked on top of the grid. Close the Big Green Egg's lid and cook as per recipe directions.

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