When grilling in ceramics grills, we recommend two approaches. The first grilling approach uses a very hot fire to sear, char or sauté. Grilling burgers and steaks are the most common cooks. It's best to do these cooks close to the fire. The Rig does not get close to the fire but the Spider does. 

The second grilling approach uses typical oven temperatures (325°F - 425° F) to create a light crust, cook to an internal temperature, render fat and/or crisp skin. Examples of these cooks include: grilling brats without breaking the casing; roasting steaks before or after a sear, grilling chicken to crisp the skin and/or rendering bacon fat on Jalapeno poppers (ABTs). The preferred methods for these cooks is grilling on a raised grid(s). The Adjustable Rig is the preferred choice for grilling on a raised grid in the dome.

By raising the grid, temperature control is less demanding. Simply, you can take full advantage of the radiant heat and minimize your chances to burn the food. Plus, handling food with tongs and turners is much easier. High in the dome is our preferred spot for grilling. 

post it note for helpful tipMany ceramic grill veterans advocate that reflective heating off the dome and/or convective heat patterns within the dome enhance grilling on a raised grid. We can confirm that many Adjustable Rig owners have commented: When grilling, the cooking methods are easier and the end product is characteristically better with a raised grid on the Rig.

Single Grid Grilling: As pictured below, the most common raised grid configuration is the Adjustable Rig sitting on the fire ring/box and the grill's cooking grid atop the Rig. This set-up puts the cooking grid above the felt line and at the dome's sweet spot. The Rig's upper ring is only 1/4” wide, so the entire grid area is available for grilling.

large Rig with stock SS grid in large big green egg

Grilling brats atop Adjustable Rig in Large Big Green Egg

grilling corn direct atop rig in big green egg®

grilling kabobs atop rig in large big green egg.

 grilling chicken skewers atop Adjustble Rig in Large Big Green Egg

 

post it note for helpful tipAnother advantage of having the grid above the felt line (atop the Rig) is it aides in adding wood chunks during the cook. In most grills, it's generally 8" to 10" from grid to daisy wheel.   

Adjustable Rig grid distance to Big Green Egg daisy wheel

Sliding wood chunks past Adjustable Rig in Large Big Green Egg

  

With the Rig, it is possible to grill at other levels. Simply, set the Crossbars in the Rig's notches and drop a grid on the Crossbars. Pictured, below left is the 16" Sliding D Grid on the Crossbars. It's the same Sliding D Grid used on the Rig Extender. Pictured, below right, is the 13"x17" Oval Grid. The D and oval shape makes adding wood chunks during the cook possible.

important feature, function or fact Note, the cooking grid that came with your grill only fits under or atop the Rig. The grid does not fit inside the Rig.

rig with 16.5" round grid on upper level inside the large big green egg

rig with oval grid middle setting inside large big green egg

 

Multiple Grid Grilling: An economical approach to multi-grids is our 9"x18" Stainless Half Grid for 1-1/2 grid grilling. The Half Grid sits atop and along the backside of the Adjustable Rig. The best position for the lower grid is either on the Spider (scallop & crab leg cook below) or, if possible, under the Rig. Pictured below right is the 18" cast iron grid with the Rig and Half Grid on top.

post it note for helpful tipEither set-up is fantastic for searing steaks or grilling burgers.  

grilling seafood with one and one half grids with adjustable rig

18ci with rig on top and half grid atop rig.

 

Grilling with multiple full grids is also possible on the Rig. This set-up is best done using the Rig Extender. More on this can be found in the Managing Multiple Grids tab narrative. The couple pictures below should peak your interest.  

sliding the lower grid out with sliding grids

rig extender with rig on stock grid in large big green egg

 

When grilling in ceramics grills, we recommend two approaches. The first grilling approach uses a very hot fire to sear, char or sauté. Grilling burgers and steaks are the most common cooks. It's best to do these cooks close to the fire. The Rig does not get close to the fire but the Spider does. 

The second grilling approach uses typical oven temperatures (325°F - 425° F) to create a light crust, cook to an internal temperature, render fat and/or crisp skin. Examples of these cooks include: grilling brats without breaking the casing; roasting steaks before or after a sear, grilling chicken to crisp the skin and/or rendering bacon fat on Jalapeno poppers (ABTs). The preferred methods for these cooks is grilling on a raised grid(s). The Adjustable Rig is the preferred choice for grilling on a raised grid in the dome.

By raising the grid, temperature control is less demanding. Simply, you can take full advantage of the radiant heat and minimize your chances to burn the food. Plus, handling food with tongs and turners is much easier. High in the dome is our preferred spot for grilling. 

post it note for helpful tipMany ceramic grill veterans advocate that reflective heating off the dome and/or convective heat patterns within the dome enhance grilling on a raised grid. We can confirm that many Adjustable Rig owners have commented: When grilling, the cooking methods are easier and the end product is characteristically better with a raised grid on the Rig.

Single Grid Grilling: As pictured below, the most common raised grid configuration is the Adjustable Rig sitting on the fire ring/box and the grill's cooking grid atop the Rig. This set-up puts the cooking grid above the felt line and at the dome's sweet spot. The Rig's upper ring is only 1/4” wide, so the entire grid area is available for grilling.

large Rig with stock SS grid in large big green egg

Grilling brats atop Adjustable Rig in Large Big Green Egg

grilling corn direct atop rig in big green egg®

grilling kabobs atop rig in large big green egg.

 grilling chicken skewers atop Adjustble Rig in Large Big Green Egg

 

post it note for helpful tipAnother advantage of having the grid above the felt line (atop the Rig) is it aides in adding wood chunks during the cook. In most grills, it's generally 8" to 10" from grid to daisy wheel.   

Adjustable Rig grid distance to Big Green Egg daisy wheel

Sliding wood chunks past Adjustable Rig in Large Big Green Egg

  

With the Rig, it is possible to grill at other levels. Simply, set the Crossbars in the Rig's notches and drop a grid on the Crossbars. Pictured, below left is the 16" Sliding D Grid on the Crossbars. It's the same Sliding D Grid used on the Rig Extender. Pictured, below right, is the 13"x17" Oval Grid. The D and oval shape makes adding wood chunks during the cook possible.

important feature, function or fact Note, the cooking grid that came with your grill only fits under or atop the Rig. The grid does not fit inside the Rig.

rig with 16.5" round grid on upper level inside the large big green egg

rig with oval grid middle setting inside large big green egg

 

Multiple Grid Grilling: An economical approach to multi-grids is our 9"x18" Stainless Half Grid for 1-1/2 grid grilling. The Half Grid sits atop and along the backside of the Adjustable Rig. The best position for the lower grid is either on the Spider (scallop & crab leg cook below) or, if possible, under the Rig. Pictured below right is the 18" cast iron grid with the Rig and Half Grid on top.

post it note for helpful tipEither set-up is fantastic for searing steaks or grilling burgers.  

grilling seafood with one and one half grids with adjustable rig

18ci with rig on top and half grid atop rig.

 

Grilling with multiple full grids is also possible on the Rig. This set-up is best done using the Rig Extender. More on this can be found in the Managing Multiple Grids tab narrative. The couple pictures below should peak your interest.  

sliding the lower grid out with sliding grids

rig extender with rig on stock grid in large big green egg