Use and Care
Cooking with your Pit Barrel Cooker
For your first cook with your Pit Barrel®, we strongly recommend that you follow the instructions completely.
Proper Airflow is key to the PBC
Keep Elevation 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 both the PBC and PBJ — adjust the bottom air vent per the diagram
NOTE: The intake cover is set slightly above the hole, therefore will never close completely.
Setting Up Your Pit Barrel®
Lighting Your Pit Barrel®
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.
Prepping for different cooking methods
DO NOT WASH OR RINSE THE INSIDE OF YOUR PIT BARREL®
To clean your Pit Barrel®, simply wait until the barrel and charcoal basket have completely cooled to dump the remaining ash by inverting the barrel. Ash Pans can be purchased for all models for even easier cleanup.