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Eggs Over the Capitol will take pitmasters to BBQ school

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 www.eggsoverthecapitol.com. 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, www.bbqproonline.com.

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