Weber has a line of marinade mixes that you add juice to that are really, really good. And they’re perfect for flavoring chicken before cooking it on the Char-Broil Big Easy. I picked up a package of each and used them to marinate my favorite, split chicken breasts. The Citrus Herb marinade is mixed with orange juice to produce wonderfully seasoned chicken. A hint of garlic and herbs and a hint of sweetness, it’s a nice, light refreshing marinade.
Since the Big Easy cooks at a high temperature you do have to watch that your chicken doesn’t char. One way to help prevent that is to not use marinades containing substances that might burn, like sugar or honey. The other is to rinse the chicken before cooking. Now, you’re going to lose a bit of flavor doing that, but if like me you’re going to remove the skin before eating, it really doesn’t make that big of a difference.
The Char-Broil Big Easy is a fantastic all-around cooker. And as much as I use it to cook poultry, that’s not all it does perfectly. This Cajun corn-on-the-cob is just another great side dish. As with just about anything on the Big Easy, it’s no-fuss and as easy as can be. The corn comes out packed with spicy buttery goodness, cooked perfectly. There is a nice little kick to Cajun corn-on-the-cob. If you’re worried it might be too spicy (it’s really perfect to me), cut back on the cayenne and red pepper flake. I wouldn’t eliminate them completely. That little heat balances well with the sweetness of the corn.
This was my first time cooking lobster tails. Prior to this great moment in history I had no experience cutting the shells, cleaning them or even buying them. I wanted everything to be as easy to do as possible, so I opted to cook these little lovelies on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I could not have been happier with the results. Tender, buttery, garlicky lobster tails cooked absolutely spot-on perfect. And with just a slight kick of Cajun seasoning. You could add whatever seasonings you want to the lobsters. I figured since this was my first experience with cooking lobster tails I would go simple. Cook time was about 20 minutes for the two tails I used. Make sure you select tails that are as close to the same size as possible so they cook in the same amount of time. If you use a bunk bed basket to cook on multiple levels at once, keep in mind that some levels may cook at a different rate than others. Always check the temperatures (you’re aiming for 140-145 F) in all tails before removing them to serve. You definitely do not want to overcook them or they will become tough and you will be sad.
Fowl Play marinade by The Shed BBQ adds tremendous flavor to any cut of chicken. As soon as I opened it I knew that I was in for nothing but goodness. I detected soy sauce. Apple juice. Citrus. It’s tangy with a slight hint of vinegar. Chicken marinated in Fowl Play comes out incredibly flavorful all the way through. I used split bone-in chicken breasts, marinating them for 4 hours before placing them into the Big Easy. The skin doesn’t get crispy because of all that time in the marinade, but the meat… oh my goodness. So tender and juicy and good! Incredible. If you’re looking for a quick, painless way to make masterful chicken on the Big Easy this is it.
I was a bit worried that maybe some of the spices in Fowl Play might burn from the high heat in the Big Easy but they did not. You have to watch for that if you’re using anything with large chunks of things like minced garlic.
Yes! Oh yes! How I do love my chicken with a little kick. I made some fiery chicken breasts on my Char-Broil Big Easy and they had that great spicy hit. Not too much, and not too little. Perfect. The meat was moist, tender and had the perfect flavor. All thanks to a quick marinade in Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade! I’ve cooked literally hundreds of chicken breasts on my Big Easy and I can say it’s pretty much impossible to goof it up. I mean you’d have to work really hard at it. This recipe is a great example. Marinate the chicken, drop it in to the Big Easy (ok, put it in the basket first!) and cook until done. Boom. That’s it.
Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade has a great southwestern flavor with just a little spicy smokiness. If you’re afraid of heat don’t worry because it won’t overwhelm you at all. It’s just right.
I’ve roasted a ton of turkeys in my Char-Broil Big Easy. It’s why I originally bought the oil-less fryer. I loved it so much the first time that I bought two more, keeping one at my parents house for a fantastic holiday turkey. This time I set out to keep the process as absolutely simple as possible. No brines. No fancy rubs. Just a 16 pound turkey, a little oil, and some seasoning and 10 minutes per pound. There’s really nothing easier than cooking poultry on the Big Easy. It really is as easy as fire it up, put it in, walk away and come back later. Unless the weather conditions are really adverse, you can count on 10 minutes per pound for a turkey. I cooked a nice big 16 pound turkey in exactly 160 minutes in 30 degree weather with a very light breeze. I kept the lid off the Big Easy until the last 30 minutes to then add a little color.
I started with a pre-brined turkey. You can certainly get a natural, un-brined turkey and go thru that process, and I have. But for this cook it was about easy, and easy means getting a turkey that’s already in a solution that brined the bird for me.
You can use the basket that comes with your Big Easy, but I admit it’s a bit challenging getting a big bird in/out of it. If you’re going to do any amount of cooking on the Big Easy (and you should) I recommend that you at least get the hinged basket like you see in the picture above. It really makes getting the turkey in or out very simple indeed. See my thoughts on the accessories for the Big Easy here.
I used a pre-brined turkey. You can easily identify a bird that is already in a brine solution by looking for the words 'Contains up to 8% of a solution of water, salt, spices, and natural flavor' or something similar on the packaging.
1 large turkey, up to 16 pounds (completely thawed if frozen)
Vegetable or canola oil
Your favorite seasoning (salt and pepper are just fine too!) DO NOT use a seasoning mix that contains sugar as it might burn under high temperatures.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Remove the turkey from the packaging along with any turkey neck and giblets that might be there.
Rinse the turkey in cold water and dab dry with paper towels.
Very lightly coat the turkey (inside and out) with the oil. You only want enough to help the seasoning adhere and to help crisp the skin.
Season the turkey liberally inside and out.
Place the turkey into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
Cook for 10 minutes per pound. Check for doneness, 180°F in the thighs and legs, and 170°F in the breast. Always check in multiple locations.
Remove the basket from the Big Easy and let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before carving.
I can eat a scary amount of crab legs. Fortunately, I don’t have to tell you just how much a ‘scary amount’ is, but when the crab legs are as great as these Old Bay crab legs cooked on my Char-Broil Big Easy, I cannot control myself. From the moment they go into cooker the aroma hits you and your stomach will start growling. In just minutes you too can be enjoying nice big ole meaty crab legs covered in Old Bay seasoning. For dipping, I made a bit of clarified butter, which is also something I cannot control myself around. This was a bonus meal for sure! You can make Old Bay snow crab legs too, if you wish, but you’ll probably want to cut back on the heating time. It doesn’t take long to re-heat the already-steamed thawed crab legs.
Sometimes I take a break from the big dinners and just serve up some nice tasty salads. I do require croutons on my salad, though. And since it’s hot here, I decided to cook the croutons outside, on my Char-Broil Big Easy. They came out tasty and crunchy, just like I wanted. It pays to think of your Big Easy as an outdoor oven.
I used the Big Easy cooking rack, which sadly is no longer available. So, to make croutons you’ll need a few bunk bed baskets. Depending on the size of your bread you might have to line the baskets with foil.
Depending on conditions, the croutons on the bottom may cook at a different rate than those on the top. Check them often after 10 minutes and remove any ones that are golden brown and crispy.