April 10, 2014

Eggs Over the Capitol will take pitmasters to BBQ school

Big barbecue event coming to Sacramento


Dishing the news about the Sacramento area food scene

Let’s be up-front about it: The upcoming Eggs Over the Capitol “Eggfest” is mostly an event to promote the Big Green Egg, a high-fiber ceramic grill with many add-on accessories. Its design has roots in the “mushikamado” cooker, used for centuries in Japan.

Look at it as a ‘cue tasting with the benefit of an “Egg”-ucation. Featured will be 24 cookers preparing beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, veggies, pizza and desserts on Big Green Eggs, along with mini-seminars, classes, demonstrations, tips and recipes. Oh, and plenty of ‘cue.

The party will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26, on the roof of the “historic Sutter parking structure,” 824 L St., Sacramento.

Attendance will be limited, and registration is required (no walk-ins). For a program of events and other details, and to register to be a a “taster,” go to Cost is $25 if registered before April 19, and $30 after that.

One of the “hosts” will be David Hill, owner of BBQ Pro store and a Big Green Egg merchandiser. His store is jammed with “everything for the pitmaster,” including tempting rubs and sauces, top-quality grill brushes and marinade injectors. The place also stocks bags of oak, mesquite and hickory lump charcoals, and bags of real wood chips and chunks — cherry, alder, apple, pecan, almond and hard-to-find red oak, the wood of choice for Santa Maria-style open-pit barbecue.

Hill and hot coals have been best buds “a good 40 years,” he said. “I’m not so good with inside ovens. I would just as soon cook outside.” Which is what he does at home.

BBQ Pro is at 10140 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks; (916) 595-7444,

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