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.

Placing Your Pit barrel

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.

Respecting the Heat

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 to completely cover the area under the cooker.

Ready Out-Of-The-Box

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!

Proper Airflow is key to the PBC

Keep Elevation In Mind

Setting Up Your Pit Barrel

Step 1.

Set up your PBC or PBJ in an open, outdoor area.

Step 2.

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

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

Lighting Your Pit Barrel

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Prepping for different cooking methods

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.

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. If you're looking to add restaurant-style grillmarks on your steak we recommend you using the Custom Pit Barrel GrillGrate.

Cleaning Up

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.

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