Thursday, February 24, 2011

Greg's Default Orzo and a Spider

And along came a spider....

Quit buggin' out!

Wait, don't run away scared you big chicken!  It's not a real spider...but more about that later.

I wanted an easy and fast side dish tonight to go with some ribeye steaks I was going to grill.   I saw a package of orzo in the pantry and my mind immediately turned to SippitySup's "default pasta" process and came up with this.

Orzo and Stuff

2 cups orzo
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, diced
1/2 cup shredded cheese (we used the last of my home-smoked manchego cheese)
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the orzo according to directions.   Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.  Drain the rest.

Pour the hot pasta on the other ingredients and toss in a bowl.   Season with salt and pepper.  Add pasta water, IF NEEDED, for your desired consistency.  See?  Easy peasy! (pun intended)

But back to that spider.   It's actually a 13" cast iron grate from Craycort and a "spider rig" that I bought from the Ceramic Grill Store

This is kind of specific to a Kamado cooker like the Big Green Egg.  The smaller sized grate and spider rig let you get your meat closer to the coals like this....

On my large BGE, the normal distance from the coals is about 5 1/4".  The spider rig lets me get under 3".  Being right next to the coals lets you sear your meat at even higher temps, like they do at premium steak houses.  

If you flip the "spider rig" over it becomes a wok base.  (Can't wait to do that cook this weekend.)

You can count on seeing the spider rig and the small Craycort in many posts to come because elite cooking equipment like the Big Green Egg deserves top level accessories like these! 


  1. I love the spider!!! Normally I seriously would go running the other way, but this one is so cute!! Or wait, I guess cute isn't very manly and grill worthy.. it rocks, how about that??
    I love orzo, though my Chris is not a fan, (god he is worse then a picky kid!!) so I do not make it that often...but when I do, I'll be trying this!

  2. Did you get the adjustable rig too?

  3. @ Jason - No not yet but it is definitely on my wish list. I hope to get one by late Spring. I was going to buy one last September and that led to buying a second Egg instead ;)

  4. Easy peasy. You are the pun master.

  5. The spider rocks! I also use it to hold a pizza stone when I'm using the adjustable rig Jason mentioned. The spider & stone give you indirect heat (and the requisite room in the Egg) if you need to do some double decker butts.

  6. Orzo is one of my favorite pasta shapes and I always enjoy finding new ways to use it. This looks delicious with the peas and smoky cheese.

    Have a great weekend.

  7. The orzo looks delicious! I bet the home-smoked cheese gave it such an excellent flavor. The steak is making me drool too.

  8. A spider rig? You are the grill gadget king. That thing looks cool!

  9. You are so decked out - very fun! I love the orzo idea - it looks and sounds delish! Your photos are great (as always).

  10. Nice cook, and thanks for the info about the Spider. I've been considering trying one for Bubba Ho-Keg and his brother BS Keg for awhile, but I'm still trying to determine if it is going to fit properly.


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