Barbeque is typically created using low temperatures and long times. The simplest way to classify these cooks in ceramic grills is under 300°F and includes a heat deflector.

The best way to recognize when a cook is done is by meat tenderness or internal temperature. We recommend you shy away from using the "so many hours per pound" method. Barbeque just answers to the ole saying . . . "It's done when it's done!"

With ceramic grills, the essential accessory to create mouth-watering barbeque is a heat deflector, also call an indirect piece. The deflector protects the underside of the food from burning during the extended cook times. Using a heat deflector or indirect piece in ceramic cooking is universally called an indirect set-up.

Our preferred indirect set-ups use ceramic stones. More information on ceramic stones can be found here. To summarize the ceramic stone page: Stones come in various sizes, lend themselves to multiple configurations, are durable, typically match the grill's shape and have no legs to hinder airflow.

Lump can burn in excess of 1200° F, so it's important to use the proper heat deflector. Our stones are produced with high temperature ceramics, have 5/8" minimum thickness and are made in the USA. Pampered Chef or similar have bad track records in ceramic grills. Trust on this one and keep the wife happy!

post it note for helpful tipPick the stone that best matches the cooks you do most often. Then, add other stones as your abilities and needs grow. 

With the XL Rig, we recommend the 17.5" Round Ceramic Stone. The 17.5" matches up nicely to the fire ring's diameter, the 18" Stainless Drip Pan and an assortment of XL grids. It also works with the XL Woo Ring. The 17.5" stone is fabricated exclusively for CGS in the USA.

Best Smoking (BBQ) Set-up Among Ceramic Grills: For a single one grid cook, this is the best set-up among all ceramic grills. We'll put it up against anything on the market. No ceramic manufacturer can match it for convenience, accessibility and performance. It's the XL Adjustable Rig, 17.5" Stone and either the 20" Round or 16"x20" Oval Stainless Grid.  

Here is what makes the set-up the best:
  • eliminates handling any pieces during a cook;
  • opens up the grill for superb airflow;
  • positions the grid at the dome's sweet spot;
  • let's you spin the grid to manage hot spots;
  • and best of all, let's you see and access the lump without touching a thing.

It's a bold statement...best set-up any ceramic grill......but checkout the video below and you'll see why it is true. Nothing on the market makes it this simple!

  

The set-up goes together fast:  

  1. place the XL Rig with XL Crossbars or XL Slide Guide on the fire ring;
  2. add the 17.5" ceramic stone and optional 18" Drip Pan on the XL Crossbars or XL Slide Guide; and,
  3. set the 20" Round or 16"x20" Oval Stainless Grid atop the XL Rig.

The set-up is complete, pictured below. You won't need to be touch it again until the cook is over! 

 One grid Indirect set-up XL Adjustable Rig in XL Big Green Egg

side view one grid indirect set up on xl adjustable rig

 

With our 20" or 16"x20" Grid, you can smoke a big brisket packer, several pork butts, 3 racks of babyback/St. Louis style ribs or multiple chickens comfortably. 

post it note for helpful tipIf you prefer to keep the Drip Pan off the ceramic stone, a second set of XL Crossbars or a XL Slide Guide can hold the Drip Pan above the stone. 

Indirect set up drip pan elevated off stone on xl adjustable ring in xl big green egg

Side View drip pan elevated off stone xl adjustable rig in xl big green egg

 

low and slow brisket cook on one grid inside xl big green egg®

In the XL Egg it is possible to go super raised grid. All you need to do is add the XL Woo or ConvEGGtor® under the XL Rig. With the XL Woo/Rig, stone placement is up to you.

With the Abt (jalapeno poppers) cook below, the XL Woo elevates the XL Rig and grid higher in the dome. The 17.5" ceramic stone is on the Woo to create the indirect set-up. We push the grid up in the dome to grill at higher temps and use the convective/reflective forces off the dome to help cook the bacon.   

xl rig indirect set-up high in the dome to control fat from bacon on the abts

Note in the ABT picture above, the 16"x20" Oval grid in the middle of the Rig. We could have loaded it up with something too!  More on this below. 

Multiple Grids: These cooks are only possible in the XL Big Green Egg. Check 'What Fits My XL Egg or Big Joe" to confirm your grill's ability.

These are the big indirect cooks on two or three grids. The multi-grid set-ups use the XL Rig with either the XL Woo or ConveGGtor® (platesetter). The lower grid is the 24" Egg grid on the XL Woo or ConveGGtor. The upper one or two grids are on the XL Rig.

If going one grid on the XL Rig, then let the meat dictate which setting is best for the top grid. If going three grids (8-9 racks of babyback ribs), then it's best for the second grid to sit in the middle of the XL Rig and the third grid atop the XL Rig. Our 16"x20" Oval grid fits inside and on top of the Rig. Our 20" Round Grid only fits on top of the Rig.

post it note for helpful tipWe recommend using the XL Slide Guide to hold the Oval (middle) Grid on a 3 grid set up. This way you can slide the Oval Grid in and out with ease.

With the XL Woo, the set-up is: 

  • (1) Woo on the fire ring;
  • (2) 17.5" Stone on the Woo's lower ring;
  • (3) 24" egg® grid atop the XL Woo;
  • (4) Rig on the XL grid; and
  • (5) add grid(s) to the Rig. The set-up is pictured below.

xl rig set-up with 3 grids on xl woo in xl big green egg®

xl rig with 3 grids set-up indirect with xl woo and 17.5" stone

    Using the ConveGGtor, the set-up is: (1) ConveGGtor/platesetter on the fire ring; (2) 24" egg® grid atop the ConveGGtor; (3) Rig on the XL grid; (4) add grid(s) to the Rig. 

    3 grid set-up in xl egg using platesetter and xl rig, 2 grids on xl rig

    xl rig on platesetter with one grid atop rig

      3 grids of ribs on the xl rig inside the xl big green egg®

      In a nutshell, the XL Rig provides the best one grid set-up available and combined with the XL Woo or ConveGGtor/platesetter makes the XL grill, one big BBQ machine! 

      Barbeque is typically created using low temperatures and long times. The simplest way to classify these cooks in ceramic grills is under 300°F and includes a heat deflector.

      The best way to recognize when a cook is done is by meat tenderness or internal temperature. We recommend you shy away from using the "so many hours per pound" method. Barbeque just answers to the ole saying . . . "It's done when it's done!"

      With ceramic grills, the essential accessory to create mouth-watering barbeque is a heat deflector, also call an indirect piece. The deflector protects the underside of the food from burning during the extended cook times. Using a heat deflector or indirect piece in ceramic cooking is universally called an indirect set-up.

      Our preferred indirect set-ups use ceramic stones. More information on ceramic stones can be found here. To summarize the ceramic stone page: Stones come in various sizes, lend themselves to multiple configurations, are durable, typically match the grill's shape and have no legs to hinder airflow.

      Lump can burn in excess of 1200° F, so it's important to use the proper heat deflector. Our stones are produced with high temperature ceramics, have 5/8" minimum thickness and are made in the USA. Pampered Chef or similar have bad track records in ceramic grills. Trust on this one and keep the wife happy!

      post it note for helpful tipPick the stone that best matches the cooks you do most often. Then, add other stones as your abilities and needs grow. 

      With the XL Rig, we recommend the 17.5" Round Ceramic Stone. The 17.5" matches up nicely to the fire ring's diameter, the 18" Stainless Drip Pan and an assortment of XL grids. It also works with the XL Woo Ring. The 17.5" stone is fabricated exclusively for CGS in the USA.

      Best Smoking (BBQ) Set-up Among Ceramic Grills: For a single one grid cook, this is the best set-up among all ceramic grills. We'll put it up against anything on the market. No ceramic manufacturer can match it for convenience, accessibility and performance. It's the XL Adjustable Rig, 17.5" Stone and either the 20" Round or 16"x20" Oval Stainless Grid.  

      Here is what makes the set-up the best:
      • eliminates handling any pieces during a cook;
      • opens up the grill for superb airflow;
      • positions the grid at the dome's sweet spot;
      • let's you spin the grid to manage hot spots;
      • and best of all, let's you see and access the lump without touching a thing.

      It's a bold statement...best set-up any ceramic grill......but checkout the video below and you'll see why it is true. Nothing on the market makes it this simple!

        

      The set-up goes together fast:  

      1. place the XL Rig with XL Crossbars or XL Slide Guide on the fire ring;
      2. add the 17.5" ceramic stone and optional 18" Drip Pan on the XL Crossbars or XL Slide Guide; and,
      3. set the 20" Round or 16"x20" Oval Stainless Grid atop the XL Rig.

      The set-up is complete, pictured below. You won't need to be touch it again until the cook is over! 

       One grid Indirect set-up XL Adjustable Rig in XL Big Green Egg

      side view one grid indirect set up on xl adjustable rig

       

      With our 20" or 16"x20" Grid, you can smoke a big brisket packer, several pork butts, 3 racks of babyback/St. Louis style ribs or multiple chickens comfortably. 

      post it note for helpful tipIf you prefer to keep the Drip Pan off the ceramic stone, a second set of XL Crossbars or a XL Slide Guide can hold the Drip Pan above the stone. 

      Indirect set up drip pan elevated off stone on xl adjustable ring in xl big green egg

      Side View drip pan elevated off stone xl adjustable rig in xl big green egg

       

      low and slow brisket cook on one grid inside xl big green egg®

      In the XL Egg it is possible to go super raised grid. All you need to do is add the XL Woo or ConvEGGtor® under the XL Rig. With the XL Woo/Rig, stone placement is up to you.

      With the Abt (jalapeno poppers) cook below, the XL Woo elevates the XL Rig and grid higher in the dome. The 17.5" ceramic stone is on the Woo to create the indirect set-up. We push the grid up in the dome to grill at higher temps and use the convective/reflective forces off the dome to help cook the bacon.   

      xl rig indirect set-up high in the dome to control fat from bacon on the abts

      Note in the ABT picture above, the 16"x20" Oval grid in the middle of the Rig. We could have loaded it up with something too!  More on this below. 

      Multiple Grids: These cooks are only possible in the XL Big Green Egg. Check 'What Fits My XL Egg or Big Joe" to confirm your grill's ability.

      These are the big indirect cooks on two or three grids. The multi-grid set-ups use the XL Rig with either the XL Woo or ConveGGtor® (platesetter). The lower grid is the 24" Egg grid on the XL Woo or ConveGGtor. The upper one or two grids are on the XL Rig.

      If going one grid on the XL Rig, then let the meat dictate which setting is best for the top grid. If going three grids (8-9 racks of babyback ribs), then it's best for the second grid to sit in the middle of the XL Rig and the third grid atop the XL Rig. Our 16"x20" Oval grid fits inside and on top of the Rig. Our 20" Round Grid only fits on top of the Rig.

      post it note for helpful tipWe recommend using the XL Slide Guide to hold the Oval (middle) Grid on a 3 grid set up. This way you can slide the Oval Grid in and out with ease.

      With the XL Woo, the set-up is: 

      • (1) Woo on the fire ring;
      • (2) 17.5" Stone on the Woo's lower ring;
      • (3) 24" egg® grid atop the XL Woo;
      • (4) Rig on the XL grid; and
      • (5) add grid(s) to the Rig. The set-up is pictured below.

      xl rig set-up with 3 grids on xl woo in xl big green egg®

      xl rig with 3 grids set-up indirect with xl woo and 17.5" stone

        Using the ConveGGtor, the set-up is: (1) ConveGGtor/platesetter on the fire ring; (2) 24" egg® grid atop the ConveGGtor; (3) Rig on the XL grid; (4) add grid(s) to the Rig. 

        3 grid set-up in xl egg using platesetter and xl rig, 2 grids on xl rig

        xl rig on platesetter with one grid atop rig

          3 grids of ribs on the xl rig inside the xl big green egg®

          In a nutshell, the XL Rig provides the best one grid set-up available and combined with the XL Woo or ConveGGtor/platesetter makes the XL grill, one big BBQ machine!