Okay… age old question, but is this a new twist? Nothing popped up in a search of these forums on this topic (hard for me to believe this!)
What came first, the Chicken or the Big Green Egg?
Simple answer is the Chicken was first. The chicken was domesticated around 7000BC, so chicken for consumtion had to have been around earlier than that. The BGE was officially released in 1974, so in this case the chicken was clearly first by several thousand years. This is not that interesting. So considering the BGE comes from a Kamado cooker heritage, which can be traced back to around 300 AD in Japan, with roots in China back to about 1000 BC – that’s a bit longer than BGE – but still not as old as the chicken.
So, more important in culinary circles… what about beer can chicken and the Big Green Egg?
The origins of beer are about as old as that of the chicken itself, a few thousand years BC. Pretty safe assumption that beer was used in some form to cook chicken within a few weeks of experimentation back in 7000’ish BC. But the can… always the can…
I can trace the origins of the beer can back to early 1930’s – Kamado cookers were clearly in vogue at this time, yet still 40 years before the BGE unveiling. Could it be that it took over 40 years before some one tried to cook an actual “beer can chicken”? How do we determine which actually came first? When was the first successful beer can chicken cooked? A basic internet search turns up various stuff on beer can chicken, but not much in nailing down a specific date for this delectable event.
So now I pose a question to you all – what came first, the Beer Can Chicken, or the Big Green Egg?