Go Beyond Convection

The Science

Unlike traditional grills which cook food from a single, direct heat source, the cylindrical shape of the Pit Barrel® and Hook 'n Hang™ method place the food in the center of the action, heating the meat from all sides at once. The 360º All-Round Heat Dynamics™ is the secret behind producing consistently great-tasting, perfectly cooked food every time.

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While barrel cooking is nothing new, it has never before been brought to the mass market in a form that is both affordable and simple to use, producing perfectly cooked meals every time. We believe that everyone that enjoys outdoor cooking will want a Pit Barrel® because everyone who tries one is simply amazed by the flavor it produces.

Experience why our customers give the Pit Barrel® rave reviews and have made it the #1 barrel cooker on the market. It simply cooks some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, with no hassle.

From the moment it shows up on your doorstep (courtesy of FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING anywhere in the continental U.S. on orders over $49.99 excluding AK and HI), the Pit Barrel® Cooker exhibits high-quality construction with durable steel and porcelain enamel coating and includes enough accessories to cook an enormous variety (and quantity!) of food.

We also have an outstanding customer service team who is always happy to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. Our Pit Barrel® Family is our top priority. 

Hook-N-Hang™ Cooking Method

The Pit Barrel® is famous for its ability to get consistently delicious results, and it’s not by accident. Hanging the meat in the center of the heat allows for even cooking and penetration of a “smoke fog” created by juices dripping directly on the coals. Experts, judges, and food lovers of all ages agree – the Pit Barrel® simply cooks some of the best food you’ve ever tasted. And the best part? No hassle! It's as easy as 1-2-3 and guarenteed to impress friends and family. 

Versatile Grilling

Not all meats are created equal– and not all foods are meats! Every Pit Barrel® comes with a steel grill grate, not just so it can double as a traditional grill, but to take advantage of the Pit Barrel® added depth and temperature control. Want to sear a steak? Cook without the lid to turn up the heat. Add the custom GrillGrate for perfect sear-marks. Or leave it on and let the smoke add another layer of depth to burgers, fish, pizza or even cookies!

Durability and style

The Pit Barrel® Cooker itself is not only built to withstand the heat conditions of charcoal cooking, but its porcelain enamel coating makes it extremely weather-resistant. Each drum and lid are treated with a superior-grade porcelain enamel finish that gives the Pit Barrel® not only great looks, but also the ability to last for years.


If you can’t take it with you… it’s not a Pit Barrel®. We know smoked meat and BBQ connoisseurs have mobile interests. That's exactly why we have built the Pit Barrel® to be light and compact enough to fit in the back of most vans, trucks and SUVs for easy transport to the campsite, family reunion, or football game.


Hanging the meat vertically reduces the radiative heating contribution significantly, for the same reason turning your face away from the sun is cooling, or holding your palm perpendicular to the grill doesn’t feel so hot. Plus, dripping juices radiatively cool the bottom of the meat.

Dr. Greg Blonder, AmazingRibs.com, Science Advisor

Would I purchase this grill? Well, I did purchase this grill, and I’d purchase it again. I used it for Christmas to smoke a spatchcock turkey, and it was divine. I just threw the smoker in the back of the minivan like any good suburban dad would and off we went to grandma’s house.

David Gafford, TheBarbecueLab.com, Founder