I first got my Pit Barrel Cooker about 3 years ago. At the time, I was strapped for cash so I decided to sell some things around the house and buy one. I had a friend who just ordered one after months of research and he just raved about its capabilities. I had to check it out.
“Send me a link”, I messaged him through Facebook. I was excited to see this marvel of a cooker my friend wouldn’t shut up about. I had visions of all these complex cookers with all these bells and whistles and then I finally got the link to the website. To my surprise, I was completely underwhelmed. It’s…a…barrel.
One of my jobs a lifetime ago was working in a scrap yard. I have seen my share of drum barrels and I knew they could not hold a fire without burning the paint off and eventually rusting out. When I saw this barrel, I thought, what are they selling here.
Yes, it’s a barrel but….
Looks can be deceiving and sometimes the best things in life are simple. Upon reading up on the Pit Barrel Cooker, I discovered that it is actually porcelain coated. Not only will it prevent rusting but this will also help it hold the heat. I started to gain more interest. My friend had told me that it holds the heat for up to 8 hours and made smoking BBQ very easy. I watched every video I could on the website and decided I had to have one.
I can tell you looking back, I would have been foolish to judge the Pit Barrel Cooker on initial appearance. It was the best bang for the buck I could get at the time, and I have no desire to really buy anything else.
I have hosted several BBQs for neighbors, family, and friends. Nobody has gone home hungry or complaining. In fact, the best compliment I could get is the empty trays of my BBQ cooked on the Pit Barrel Cooker.
If you’re looking to invest in a new smoker, what are you waiting for? Get one today if you are ready for serious BBQ.
Until next time, happy BBQing.
Co-owner of Old Smokey Beard’s Barbecue Sauce