For the first cooks with your Pit Barrel®, we strongly recommend that you follow the instructions completely; this will give you a good baseline for how the Pit Barrel® works. Keep children and pets away from the Pit Barrel® while in use.

Your Pit Barrel® should not be placed directly on any flammable surface such as a wood deck or dry grass. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU EVER POUR LIGHTER FLUID ONTO HOT COALS IN THE BARREL.

There is no need to season your PBC or PBJ; it is a brand new drum with a porcelain enamel finish and is ready to cook with right out of the box. As always, please be careful and enjoy!

IMPORTANT: If you are using your Pit Barrel® on a deck, grass, or any other potentially flammable surface we highly recommend placing paver stones or bricks in the designated area under the cooker. Please ensure that you use enough pavers or bricks to cover the entire area under the cooker completely. Four 12″x12″ pavers laid in a 2×2 pattern works well.

For both the PBC and PBJ: According to your elevation, adjust the bottom air vent per the following diagram –

NOTE: The intake cover is set slightly above the hole, therefore will never close completely.

For both the PBC and PBJ: According to your elevation, adjust the bottom air vent per the following diagram –

  1. Set up your PBC or PBJ in an open area (outside!)

  2. Remove the Three-point Barrel Stand from inside the barrel and place the cooker on top with the ring facing up

  3. Remove charcoal basket from bottom of barrel and place on ground

  4. Lighting with The PBC Chimney Starter is encouraged: Fill your charcoal basket level, remove 1/4 of the briquets (this is approximately 40 coals for the PBC and 20 coals for the PBJ) and place in chimney, light the coals with the lid off and let burn for 12 minutes for elevations between sea level and 2000 ft (All other elevations will let your coals burn for 20 minutes). Dump the lit coals into the charcoal basket and start cooking immediately.

  5. For hanging: Remove grill grate and place metal rods in pre-cut holes. Insert stainless steel hooks through the meat and hang meat from metal rods inside the Pit Barrel® Cooker, put the lid on and let the meat cook to perfection. Refer to our demonstration videos for more information.

  6. For grilling: remove metal rods and insert grill grate, place meat on the grate and, with the lid cracked about a 1/4 in, proceed as you would on a standard grill.

DO NOT WASH OR RINSE THE INSIDE OF YOUR PBC! To clean your Pit Barrel®, simply wait until the barrel and coal basket have completely cooled to dump the remaining ash by inverting the barrel. Ash Pans can be purchased for the PBC or the PBJ for even easier cleanup.

Keep in Mind: Cooking times are approximate. Times will vary due to elevation (the times in our videos are based on an elevation of 2000 ft.), therefore, when using your PBC at sea level your cooking times may be less.

For best results check out all of our videos or call us directly at 502-228-1222. Enjoy!

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