If you are a person who loves smoked food, the smoker you use to prepare that great smoked food domes to one basic question- how involved would you like to be in the process? Well, it can be a heavily involved process to prepare food while using traditional smokers.
However, if you a beginner who is looking for an easy route to prepare a smoked meal, then you should consider purchasing the classic Pit Barrel Cooker. Although the Pit Barrel Cooker looks like an Ugly Drum Smoker, it is an excellent smoker grill combo.
People have been using homemade ugly drum smokers for ages. These smokers have provided a way for those people who want to create a decent smoker easily while also spending a little amount of money. The PBC (Pit Barrel Cooker) copied that idea and refined those ugly drum smokers into one of the best smokers available out there in the market.
The Pit Barrel Cooker is ideal for hanging meat since it maintains a consistent temperature throughout the drum cooker which helps it to produce tasty meat. Since it is available at a low price, it has become one of the best-selling smokers for beginners.
The company has manufactured this product using high-quality materials, and if you properly maintain your Pit Barrel Cooker, it can last for several years. Furthermore, it is super easy to use and you will be able to assemble quickly, and you will be able to prepare up to 8 racks of ribs at the same time.
This drum cooker is made of 18-gauge porcelain-enameled steel which makes it a durable product, and it is designed to withstand high temperatures. As the steel is thicker, the drum cooker can trap heat more efficiently.
The lid of this cooker is also durable since it is made of the same quality steel that is coated with porcelain. Moreover, you will not even have to season this cooker. Discussing the handles of this unit, you need to be careful since they are made of horseshoes and can get very hot.
We recommend that you wear gloves while preparing your great smoked food using the Pit Barrel Cooker. The 30-gallon cooking capacity of this drum cooker is worth noting in which you can easily fit up to racks of ribs.
The hooks are made of stainless steel while the rods are solid steel so they can hold up to high temperatures.
You will not require a water pan while preparing your smoked food in this cooker since the design of the Pit Barrel Cooker lets the meat cook in the smoke of meat’s own juices. The charcoal basket and the grill grate are also made of high-quality material.
Overall, the whole drum cooker is manufactured to last, and the build quality is great considering the price of this cooker. Although you will not get anything exceptional in the Pit Barrel Cooker, it is durable and produces delicious food.
The Pit Barrel Cooker also performs very well at low temperatures such as -15°F which means you can also use it winter. The best part of this product is that it is super easy to use and anyone can prepare delicious food using this drum cooker.
Using the small wooden hook, you will be able to easily take the hooks off the rods. The simple design of this drum cooker makes it easier to use and after filling its coal basket with charcoal, you can cook for up to 12 hours. You only need to light charcoal and you will be able to cook for up to 12 hours.
Discussing the versatile grilling options, you can hand your meat using the steel hooks, or you using the standard grate, you can turn this drum cooker into a regular grill. So, this drum cooker can be used as a dedicated smoker as well as a grill.
Using the twist-and-set vent available at the bottom of this drum cooker, you set the air circulation within the cooker. You just need to keep in mind that more oxygen will produce higher cooking temperatures and vice versa.
The product comes with a complete 1-year warranty, and defective parts are replaceable. The lifespan of this product is from three to five years and it depends on how you use and maintain the Pit Barrel Cooker.
You should also keep in mind that you will have to report any damage related to shipping or missing parts within thirty days of receipt. The following are the things included with the Pit Barrel Cooker package.
- One unit of 30 Gallon Steel Drum that is coated with porcelain enamel.
- 8 pieces of stainless steel hooks for hanging your meat.
- Two pieces of rods which are made of solid steel.
- A charcoal basket and a grill grate.
- A wooden hook remover and one 3 point barrel stand.
An all-purpose Pit Rub as well as a Beef and Game Pit Rub.
This product is made of high-quality material and the build quality is amazing. The only shortcoming of this product is that the Pit Barrel Cooker does not have wheels, however, you can easily move it. Given the price of this product, it is one of the best options available out there in the market today.
Overall, the Pit Barrel Cooker is durable, simple to operate, and portable. If you are a beginner to smoking, then this model is probably the best choice for you.