Most people think being called an egghead is an insult, but that’s not true for Big Green Egg owners.

Owners of the unique grill delight in its ability to cook anything, and have formed a collective of like-minded people who lovingly call themselves Eggheads.

“I have heard many Eggheads tell story after story about the adventures they have taken in cooking, and every time they have a huge smile on their face,” said Kim Peffley, retail operations manager for Kabelin Ace Hardware.

When cooked overnight on a Big Green Egg, the bone of a pork shoulder pulls out smoothly and the meat stays tender and juicy. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)
When cooked overnight on a Big Green Egg, the bone of a pork shoulder pulls out smoothly and the meat stays tender and juicy. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)

The hardware store is giving 15 people the chance to cook on a brand new Big Green Egg during their second annual Big Green Egg Fest.

Celebrations will be going on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at all Kabelin stores in northern Indiana, and will include cooking demonstrations, pumpkin carving and coloring for kids. But if you want to cook on a Big Green Egg, you need to go to the stores in Granger (12820 S.R. 23) or Michigan City (432 Saint John Road).

Attendees at the egg fest will be able to vote for their favorite cook by donating at bins at each cook’s station. One winner will be chosen from from each location based on the donations in their bin and will earn a $100 gift card to Ace.

The Big Green Egg Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Granger and Michigan City Kabelin Ace Hardware stores. The ceramic charcoal grill is is able to grill beyond 700 degrees. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)
The Big Green Egg Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Granger and Michigan City Kabelin Ace Hardware stores. The ceramic charcoal grill is is able to grill beyond 700 degrees. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)

Other Eggheads in the making will also be able to choose their favorite grillmaster. Each cook participating in the event will be able to vote for their favorite food of the event. The cook with the most popular meal will win the cook’s choice award and will get a $50 gift card to Ace.

“Last year there was deep dish pizza, pulled pork, ribs, meatballs, stuffed jalapeños, chicken, grilled veggies, apple pie, peach cobbler and so much more,” Peffley said. “This year we have heard rumors of armadillo eggs, mac and cheese, bacon wrapped water chestnuts and more.”

Charcoal in a Big Green Egg burns slowly, allowing for more efficient grilling. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)
Charcoal in a Big Green Egg burns slowly, allowing for more efficient grilling. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)

It’s free to register to become a cook, and you can cook solo or as part of a group of two on a brand new demo Big Green Egg provided by Kabelin’s.

Ace will provide some materials to each cook:

  • A tent for protection from the sun
  • A table to prepare food on
  • A washing station for cleaning utensils
  • Charcoal
  • Serving utensils

However, cooks will need to provide their own cooking utensils and food for the afternoon. Participants must cook from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but may start as early as 8 a.m.

To register to cook, visit the store’s website here, or pick up a copy of the entry form in any Kabelin Ace Hardware store.

All Big Green Eggs used during the festival (large and extra large Eggs) will be offered for sale at a 20 percent discount.

The Big Green Egg Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Granger and Michigan City Kabelin Ace Hardware stores. The ceramic charcoal grill is known for its versatility in grilling, including its numerous accessories. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)
The Big Green Egg Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Granger and Michigan City Kabelin Ace Hardware stores. The ceramic charcoal grill is known for its versatility in grilling, including its numerous accessories. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)

For people who are just looking for a good time, there will be live cooking demonstrations of the Green Egg, food and pumpkin carving contests at all of the Kabelin stores.

Proceeds raised from the event at both stores will benefit charitable organizations: Granger proceeds will benefit the Christmas Commandos and Michigan City Proceeds will benefit Stepping Stone Shelter for Women Inc.

Christmas Commandos is an organization who supports families who “have experienced the unexpected loss of a child or a parent with children still at home,” according to the group’s website. The commandos anonymously deliver special gifts to a selected family on Christmas Eve night.

Stepping Stone is an organization that provides temporary shelter, food, housing and counseling to victims of domestic violence in LaPorte County.

“Both charities are close to our hearts,” Peffly said. “We want to bring awareness and support to these organizations who do so much to give back to our communities.”

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