Lighting your Pit Barrel®

Take the PBC to the next level!

Use these must-have accessories to get a perfect cook, every time! For the ultimate PBC experience
we recommend the following items:

Pit Grips
$19.95
Custom Pit Barrel® Chimney Starter
$16.95
18.5" PBC Ash Pan
From $32.95
18.5" PBC Hinged Grate
$21.95

What you need

Method 1 – Standard Hook ’n Hang Cooks

      1. Fill your  PBC  or  PBJ coal basket completely level with standard briquets.
      2. Remove briquets from charcoal basket and place in your Custom Pit Barrel® Chimney Starter.  For the  PBC,  this is approximately 40 briquets, and approximately 20 for the PBJ.

      3. Place coal basket with remaining 3/4 briquets in the bottom of the  Pit Barrel®.
      4. Set the  Grill Grate  in your cooker. Place a piece of the charcoal bag drizzled with some cooking oil, some crumpled newspaper. or a starter cube on the grate and light. Immediately place your  Custom Pit Barrel® Chimney Starter   on top.

      5. Let your coals burn approximately 12 minutes (increase for higher elevations). Remove the grate and evenly distribute the coals from the  Custom Pit Barrel® Chimney Starter  over the unlit coals in the charcoal basket.

      6. Begin your cook immediately.

Method 2 – Grilling

  1. Place the empty charcoal basket in the bottom of your  Pit Barrel®.
  2. Fill your  Custom Pit Barrel® Chimney Starter  with charcoal. We recommend lump charcoal for grilling, as it burns hotter than standard briquets, but this lighting method will work for briquets as well.

  3. Set the  grill grate  in your cooker. Place a piece of the charcoal bag drizzled with some cooking oil, some crumpled newspaper. or a starter cube on the grate and light. Immediately place your  Custom Pit Barrel®Chimney Starter  on top.

  4. Wait approximately 12 minutes, and pour the contents of the  Custom Pit Barrel® Chimney Starter  into the empty coal basket.
  5. Add additional charcoal to the  Custom Pit Barrel® Chimney Starter  and evenly distribute over the hot coals, filling the charcoal basket, and place your grate in the cooker.

  6. Let the charcoal sit with the rebar out and lid cracked about an inch. Allow to heat up approximately 15 minutes with lump charcoal, and 20-25 minutes for briquets.
  7. Begin your cook.

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made the PBC the #1 barrel cooker on the market.