Pit Barrel Cooker Reviews & Testimonials

I am, by no means, a barbeque expert. I got my PBC on Thursday and cooked a 10 lb. Brisket on Saturday using your video instructions. That may very well have been the best tasting meat I have eaten yet! The PBC is so easy to use, I cannot get over my enthusiasm for it … you all have created a masterpiece !!

- Jim F., Grain Valley, MO

For a couple of years I’ve toyed with the idea of an off set smoker and trying something different. After considering the price point and the testimonials I elected to go with the Pit Barrel® Cooker. I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I LOVE THIS COOKER! The results I have achieved have been nothing short of amazing. The feedback from friends and family that share the meals with me are fantastic. It’s very satisfying when your guests rave about the food. My confidence in this cooker is off the charts. And the best thing about it… I don’t have to spend my entire day babysitting the cooking fuel and I don’t need 12 hours to pull off a world class meal. Thank you for producing a cooker that anyone can use, is efficient and consistent, and produces world class meats. I’m hooked, I’m believer… I’m a total fan.

- Shelton B., Inverness, FL

The Pit Barrel® Cooker is amazing because it is not just a grill or a smoker… it is truly in a category of its own. The Pit Barrel®’s design produces quality, tender meat every time.

- Jason V., Kalamazoo, MI

Dear Amber and Noah,
Just wanted to thank you for the quality cooker you sold me and the delicious rubs as well. I have never been more satisfied by the results of any of my smokers or grills like I have been with the Pit Barrel® Cooker. The attention to detail in the design of the cooker, the quality of the way it’s made the customer friendly layout of you web site ( step by step how to videos of cooking different types of meat) and the customer service made me a customer for life! This thing produces some of the juiciest smoked to perfection meat I’ve ever cooked. The Pit Barrel® is literally a set it and forget it cooker. Rub it, hook it, hang it, shut it and check on it later. Take hooks out, throw them in dishwasher and dump coals out after cooled and clean up is done!The last thing I have to say is that I’m proud to say that I have spent my money on something made in the USA by someone who served this great country. Thank you for that and thank you and Amber for taking care of your customers like they were family. It doesn’t get any better than that!
God Bless

- Van C., Austin, Arkansas

Dear Noah and Pit Barrel® Cooker crew,
I am a recent owner of a Pit Barrel® Cooker and let me say I am amazed at how well your product works and cooks. In the two weeks since I have had it I have cooked Whole Chickens, Sausage, Smoked Hamburgers, Smoked Salmon, and Pork Spare Ribs. Everything that I have cooked has turned out perfect. Over the years I have cooked on Webber grills, Offset Smokers, and Upright electric smokers. None of the cookers I have ever used are as easy, low maintenance and turned out as good of food as your product. I now have time to socialize when cooking / smoking and not worry about heat management, meat rotation etc… I am also amazed at the amount of food that the small cooker can handle at one time. I cooked 3 large Pork Spare Ribs for the guys on my shift at the Police Station. They picked every bone clean and loved the way they tasted. Also your rubs are very good, I love that they don’ t have a lot of salt and I can build on their flavor profile to fit my pallet. I will never use another smoker in for the rest of my life. Good job, and thanks for putting out such a great product. I have already told all my friends about your product, let them sample food that it can cook and I have had a few friends state that they were going to buy one of your cookers as well. Keep up the good work and God Bless.

- Charles M., Oklahoma

Amber and Noah!
OMG! I just finished cooking two chickens in my brand new Pit Barrel® Cooker, and I SWEAR, it is the best chicken I have ever cooked! For some reason, which I could not figure out, I could never get the chicken to come out evenly. It was always burned in one spot and raw in another. It so frustrated me. I’ve done brisket, ribs, fish, pizza, but the chicken always was a problem…..and I love chicken, so I really wanted to find my way! I always cooked it on a horizontal smoker too, it never came out correctly, but, this vertical smoked RULES. Its so easy and fool proof! The chicken today came out perfect, just like you said on your videos Noah! It took two hours on the nose and I only lifted the lid an hour into the cook to take a peak. My mouth watered when I did! The seasoning is excellent, and I’m a Cajun, I know GREAT food! The only thing I will do differently is maybe cook it another 15 minutes to achieve that perfect breakaway meat to bone tear. Thanks for producing this cooker, thanks for having professional videos, and thanks for making your website so easy to use. It truly was the easiest purchase I have ever made on the internet! Keep up the great work and good luck selling this great American product!

- Scott G., McGregor, TX

Hi Noah and Amber,
Let me say that your PBC is without a doubt the best KISS BBQ Cooker that I have used in 40 years of BBQing. From charcoal cookers of the 60’s and 70’s to oil drum pig cookers to and assortment of charcoal/gas/pellet and kamados(all which I own), your cooker is truly the BOMB..I originally was looking for a cooker to cook more than 3-4 racks of ribs without firing up 2 cookers for Nascar/Football weekends. When I saw your videos. Hanging Meat Are you kidding me! intrigue,skepticism gripped me; was this possible with such a simple cooker? For those of us that have cooked ribs,chicken, Boston Butts,London Broil and the always hard to nail Brisket, plus the plethora of other snacks and creations that have come along we all know the nuances of and pains in learning these different cookers to obtain consistency.After our conversations about your PBC, I pulled the trigger…and haven’t looked back. Four months and EVERYTHING that has come off the PBC has been really Amazing and best of all perfect every time. The PBC is my main cooker now and all I do is time things and check internal temperatures. My DnL who doesn’t like Ribs because of dealing with the bones could not believe how juicy and tender they were in 2 hours 20 minutes and fall of of the bone delicious!!PBC Ribs are the best I have EVER cooked and consistent every time. Thank you for a Made in America- Big Bang for the Buck smoker”..

- Doug E. aka Hanging with Doug, Elizabeth City, NC

Hi Noah and Amber,
My Pit Barrel® Cooker shipped Tuesday and was sitting on my door step when I got home from work Friday. We had made plans weeks in advance for a cookout with our friends that evening. With a prior request for chicken from our friends, I was a little nervous never having cooked a whole chicken but was excited to try it because of your video, and the amazing reviews found all over the Internet. Before even seeing my Pit Barrel® Cooker I picked up two whole chickens on my way home from work, then set up the barrel and adjusted the vent in about ten minutes, and then prepared the four halves as instructed. After cooking for exactly two hours the chicken came right up to temperature and tasted as wonderful as it looked! I have never had chicken this good! My wife commented five minutes into dinner that “this chicken literally melts in your mouth.” I have since cooked beef ribs on Saturday and a pork shoulder on Sunday and couldn’t be any happier with my results. You have taken all the guess work out of monitoring the cooking temperature. AND, I no longer have to wake up at the crack of dawn to start cooking my 12 lb. shoulder for dinner when the PBC will cut this time in half. I absolutely love my Pit Barrel® Cooker!! Thanks!

- Dave M., Pittsburgh, PA

I got my PBC this weekend and fired it up on Sunday. All I have to say is WOW, ill say it again WOW, so so impressed and amazed at the meat that was cooked. I put on a whole chicken then a rack of baby backs and spare just like Noah shows in his videos. So much room and so much ease it was fantastic. First the chicken with your rub was the best chicken I ever had and my friends agreed the entire chicken was so moist and so tasty and gone in 5 minutes. Then the ribs where do I start just amazing taste and flavor. This is a wonderful wonderful product. I will never ever use another smoker again. Thanks so much for the great service and great smoker. Your new loyal PBC fan.

- Nicholas P., Staten Island, NY

I just got my Pit Barrel® Cooker this afternoon. After watching a couple of the videos I had to go and buy a chicken to try it out With.After setting the vent at open for sea level I filled the fire box full of charcoal and lit my filled chimney. While the coals were getting ready I cut the chicken in half, seasoned it with the All Purpose Pit Rub and inserted the hooks as per your instructions. When the coals were ready I poured the coals into the firebox. I then inserted the rods and hung the chicken on them. After putting the lid on the cooker I went inside and set my timer for 2 hours and did some work in my garage. I texted my wife and told her we were having Pit Barrel® Chicken for dinner. The timer went off and I went out to check the bird. The temp was at 163, perfect. I took the chicken and covered it for 15 minutes waiting for my wife to come home. When she saw the chicken she said Wow, that looks great! The meat was tender, moist and the seasoning was perfect. I told her I was convinced, the Pit Barrel® Cooker was a welcome addition to my collection of outdoor cookers! This is a great product, going to put on some ribs this weekend. Thanks!

- John H., Jacksonville, FL

We had 23 people over on Saturday and to say I was sweating bullets was an understatement. My brisket was always ‘iffy’ at best, but using my new PBC, the results were spectacular. Made a few adjustments for Sea Level, but otherwise followed the videos. Everyone was ecstatic with the results. Ordered it the previous Friday, received it the following Wednesday, cooked for the first time Saturday for the party – amazing.

- Rich E., Leonia, NJ

Hey Mr. Glanville–
I just wanted to let you know that I think your cooker is the best I’ve owned (and I have plenty of things to cook with at my house). I drove to Greenville, S.C. in a driving rainstorm on 7-2-13 to buy mine, and I first used it on July 4th. I cooked chickens and they came out perfect, since the coals were still hot, I ended up cooking pork tenderloin, pork ribs and sausage on the cooker and the coals remained hot for at least 8 hours. I finally had to get the coal basket out with a pair of vice grips so I could dump the coals and go to bed, and they were still hot enough to cook with. I heartily recommend this cooker to anyone who wants to cook great food outdoors. Excellent product!! Thanks again.

- Andy J., Columbia, S.C.

I’ve only had the cooker for a week now, but it is amazing! I’ve made burgers, stakes, chicken and grilled veggies. All came out simply amazing. The chicken was fall of the bone perfect. The burgers were juicy and full of flavor. Can’t say enough about how happy I am with your product. It’s nice to buy something that works for a change!

- Ryan C., Portland, OR

I can proudly say that I’m the first PBC owner in Italy! The PBC is a great bbq machine, it comes ready to go, simply follow the few needed tips given from the company and that’s it! It gives you time to take care of other foods and to prepare your backyard to host all of your friends without worrying about the cooking temperature and the moist inside the drum. It is really constant for hours! From chicken wings to brisket all you have to do is to set the PBC up, prepare the meat and hang it in. The result it is amazing! And what about the rubs?! A bite of ribs cooked in the PBC with the All Purpose Rub and…..it’s America in your mouth. Thanks PBC Company!

- Marco B., Italy

I just wanted to give an excellent review on the cooker. The meat was cooked to perfection. It is the easiest to use and clean. We highly recommended it to anyone and will be used over and over again. It will be our #1 method of cooking during BBQ season and whenever the opportunity arises. Thanksgiving may get a new twist with a smoked turkey. Who knows? The sky is the limit with this product! We also appreciate the excellent customer service and follow up.

- David and Carmen S., Lodi, CA

I thought you might be interested in knowing that I won the chicken category at Smokin’ on Big Creek in Pleasant Hill, MO using a PBC. We struggled with chicken until I switched to your cooker. Thanks!

- Brad, L. Gettin' Basted BBQ Team, Springfield, MO

Just wanted to let y’all know that I have really enjoyed my cooker.I’ve done briskets, ribs, pork shoulders, and wings. Straight up the best I’ve ever done. The whole chicken is the best I’ve ever had/cooked. Wish y’all all the best. I will continue to spread the word on y’all’s cookers!

- Scott C., Texas

I first read about the Pit Barrel® Cooker on the Patio Dadio blog. It looked interesting, but I wasn’t sure I needed another “grill”. Then Smokeasaurus (on the Let’s Talk Barbecue Forum) started talking about it. He talked about the ease of use and great flavor. Well, I’ve always loved food cooked over charcoal, but found myself using propane for convenience. The PBC sounded like the best of both worlds great charcoal fire flavor with a set it and walk away ease. My first cook was a chicken prepared just like Noah describes in the video, and it was delicious. Next was a pork shoulder made some pulled pork that my daughter’s boyfriend keeps asking for. Since then I’ve done ribs, fish, prime rib, and more. Everything has been good but I find myself making chickens and pulled pork over and over they are that good! I can sauce each chicken half differently or leave ‘em naked and please everyone and it is so easy. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Noah and Amber are wonderful to work with they answer every question you have and make sure you are totally happy with your purchase they really do!

- David H., Brooklyn Park, MN

Wow….simple….innovative and fabulous pit style right out of the box!
I received mine (Pit Barrel® Cooker) and watched Noah’s videos and started cooking right away. The damper settings were perfect and the temperatures held consistently. The results were amazing and overwhelming with juicy chickens; tender St. Louis Style Ribs and a great pork shoulder! I have had Genesis Weber’s; propane units etc. always looking for the perfect combination of: FLAVORS…TEXTURES….MOISTNESS…This is it! You have got to try it! For such a modest investment…you are going to get a cooking experience that is such a surprise! I am all in! Great Product!

- Mark S., Georgetown, TX

This cooker has to be the best thing to happen to BBQ in a long time, the ease of preparing the cooker to the ease of hanging a brisket can’t get any better. Amber and Noah are true to their statement of being there for you with any questions you may have. My first cook was a split chicken which took just 2 hours to finish and my second cook was a 7lb brisket flat which took just 3.5 hrs to finish, both were juicy and I used the all purpose for the chicken and the beef and game seasoning for the brisket. ORDER THIS COOKER!!!!!!

- Garvin B., Army Backyardbbqquer

Just wanted to tell you how much we love our PBC! I had read about the PBC on Patio Daddio BBQ a couple of months ago and was very intrigued. I decided to purchased a PBC for my husband for Christmas. This has been the best gift! He loves it. My teenage boys love it! We are amazed at how easy it has been to use. So far, we have prepared chicken, ribs, and tri-tip. Wow! Everything has been absolutely delicious, tender, and juicy. Next weekend we are going to try a whole turkey. Thank you for posting the very helpful videos. I think it is important that you know, one of the selling points, for me, was that it is completely American made. And, quite honestly, to be able to support a veteran owned business is an honor. We wish you well and hope that word spreads about the PBC.

- Christine B., Wheaton, IL

If you are looking for a cooker that you have to constantly tweak the vents and add coals to, well this cooker is not for you. If you are looking for a charcoal cooker that is set it and forget it then this is the cooker for you! This is a great product that is affordable and holds more grub in a small space than some giant 400 lb. smoker. I have had a drum smoker before that was a low and slow style smoker. The PBC is a power cooker! Your food is finished quickly and cooked perfectly. I also like the fact that it is 100% Made in the USA and you can also call and talk to the owner of the company.. how nice is that!! Speaking of nice they are here for you before the sale and are even more helpful after the sale. They truly want you to enjoy your purchase and have success with it. If you are on the fence about pulling the trigger on the Pit Barrel® Cooker, hop on over and join us.. you will be glad you did!!

- Scott E. Smokeasaurus, CA

Hands down! My PBC is the best culinary product I have purchased in years! I was considering egg cookers and brand name smokers before I was introduced to a PBC by my neighbor. For the price, ease of use, and cooking experience this is the best product on the market. It also isn’t an ugly lawn dwarf like other cookers. Great food makes me happy and in the three weeks since I bought my PBC I have cooked 8 whole chickens, 16 lbs of pork butt and an 8 lb brisket and everything has turned out fantastic! Oh, did I mention, I am a rookie in the art of slow cooking. If you are reading this, STOP, buy your PBC and get cooking. Noah and his team are great and available in real-time to get you started. Oh, I would also recommend a wireless thermometer as well.

- Jon D., Newfields, NH

The other day, I had the opportunity to see your Pit Barrel® Cooker at the Meat House in Portsmouth, NH. I was with a couple of buddies getting some “supplies” at the Meat House. They were using your product outside cooking a brisket and some pork shoulder. Ten minutes later I walked out with your cooker. Since then, I have cooked ribs, brisket, and pork shoulder. Your cooker does a much better job versus any other product I have seen or tried. Thanks for finally producing a product that gets the job done and is made in America!

- Dennis B., Portsmouth, NH

We were so excited about our Pit Barrel® Cooker that it took us a mere hour once we took it out of the box to fire it up (and that hour was spent driving to the store for charcoal and meat)! We made a whole chicken and some steaks in it that very first night and they both turned out AWESOME! We had never previously tasted the flavor that this cooker brought out. It was so easy to use as well. From initially taking it out of the box to setting it up, was mere minutes! We love it and it’s all we use for slow cooking now! Thanks Pit Barrel® Cooker…YOU ROCK!

- Jamie B., Elizabethtown, KY

Wanna crank up your outdoor cooking experience to the next level? Here you go…I bought a Pit Barrel® Cooker earlier this year and I love it. Ribs, chicken, etc. cook perfectly every time. Everytime. Ridicuously easy to use. Light coals, hang meat, cover lid. Then come back and chow down. I cook outdoors year around, this is my preferred way to do it. Pick one of these baby’s up. Trust me, trust me.

- Keefer (Afternoons/Studio C Producer 97.3 KBCO-FM) Boulder, CO

Pit Barrel® Cooker Co. ,
Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying our Pit Barrel® Cooker. Our grill is getting dusty and is quickly becoming obsolete. The best thing about the Pit Barrel® Cooker is the fact that you can start the coals, put your meat on and walk away. No babysitting or constant attention is needed. The recommended cooking times are right on for everything we’ve cooked on the barrel. We’re always entertaining and our guests are blown away by the 5 star quality meals that come off the cooker. The meat is juicy, evenly cooked and has that wonderful pit barbeque flavor. We’ve also become addicted to the Pit Barrel® Cooker seasonings and the unique flavor they add to the meat. We’ll keep spreading the word about the Pit Barrel® Cooker!

- Russel & Stephanie M., Bennett, CO

I bought your cooker a few weeks back and I want to tell you—It’s terrific! I have cooked turkey, chicken halves, and the tri tip. Everything turned out perfect. The charcoal adds so much flavor!

- John T., Cheyenne, WY

WOW – Do we LOVE this Pit Barrel®! It is soooooooooooo easy to use and it makes your food taste incredible. I’m a grandma and even I can use it. We’ve cooked just about everything in it – using the rubs that they sell. It’s incredible. Whenever we use it, we eat so much we can barely move afterwards – ha! We’re planning on using it all summer long (and fall, winter and spring) and keeping the grand kids well fed and happy. The only problem I’m anticipating is that there won’t be any leftovers to send home with the kids. This is one terrific cooker (and I’ve been cooking for 40 years and have tried just about everything under the sun). Want to impress your family, friends, neighbors? This is the cooker you want to get!

- Teresa, Aurora, CO

I love my Pit Barrel® Cooker! It has made barbequing so easy for me. I have found that your times are accurate, and I just put the meat on and walk away. When it comes off, it is so flavorful and juicy! I am a hero with my friends! I have fed up to 40 people cooking one shift of tri-tips. It was delicious and easy. I do not even use my other barbeque anymore, and have become adventurous with what to try on my Pit Barrel®, because it has been so consistently great. In California, we barbeque year-round, and this has made a huge change for me. Thank you so much!

- Monica M., Mission Viejo, CA

Hi there,
Just wanted to say how much fun I am having with my Pit Barrel®. Such an easy and efficient way to smoke , grill, and just B-B-Q. I have a few family members that are big on pellet grill smokers and are still jabbing me for not going that route. But having tasted the meats I have cooked using the PBC . I have to say they taste , textures ,and tenderness along with the smokey flavor are right up there and even better! Using the PBC even makes me feel a little more manly then just plugging in my algorithm controlled smoker. Haha! To each their own I say. And I am truly glad that I chose PBC to be my own! Thank you for a great quality product.

- Ernest, F.

Noah, Amber & Team,
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I received the Pit Barrel® on Friday and started my adventure on Saturday. First cook on the Pit Barrel® were ribs that turned out FANTASTIC! I was amazed, truly amazed. This evening we cooked chicken which turned out marvelous. My wife has already put in a formal request for Wild Alaskan Salmon next.
I have never seen my 12 year old son eat every morsel off of chicken bones like he did tonight. Last night, he declared the ribs, “Heaven on a bone.” I don’t think you can get higher praise than that!

- Stephan A., Snohomish, WA

I must admit, even after all the reviews I was still slightly skeptical about how well the pbc would cook, but I went ahead and put my rep on the line for a big birthday party, and I must say y’all put all doubt to rest. I’ve got a number of cookers, and I’ce been cooking q for many, many years, and your pbc is hands down the easiest cooker I’ve ever used, and on top of that, the flavor rival my wood fired reverse offset, with just blue bag kingsford and a couple of chunks of hardwood. I took temp readings throughout the cook by holding a digital instant read in the hole for the rebar, and I was blown away at how stable it was. My only complaint……cooked early this morning and now 12 hours later I go to empty and cover it, and it is STILL at cooking temp! Haha. That’s a good complaint though. Awesome cooker and thanks for fighting for our freedom.

- Steve Harmon, TN

Noah, Amber, and everyone behind the Pit Barrel® Cooker,

I would like to thank you for your service and everything you have done to make the Pit Barrel® Cooker what it is today. My wife and I have been loyal “cookers” for quite a few years now. My ribs seem to have taken on a life of their own and now I am either being commanded to bring them to parties or hosting parties ourselves. Every single thing that comes off of the cooker is perfection (your smoked brie is a massive hit). At the last party we had, every couple that was here purchased one of your cookers once they saw the ribs hanging inside! Your customer service is second to none. You actually called me yourself to let me know when my cooker would ship years ago! Your instructional videos are great and I love trying new things on the cooker all the time! Basically, thank you for everything you do and keep it up. You have an amazing product that produces amazing food and it has brought countless friends together over the years for us. Best of luck to you and your family. By the way, your rubs are perfect for absolutely everything!

- Bill P., Providence, RI

I have been using my cooker for a few months now and absolutely love the simplicity and the fantastic results. I have made ribs, tri-tip, pork butt, chicken, turkey breast and beef brisket following your instructional videos and they all turned out perfectly. I wanted to let you know that I decided to try a couple of corned beef briskets (following your instructions for beef brisket to the letter). They were amazing! Fabulous flavor, extra juicy, and remarkably tender. My Pit Barrel® Cooker has become my favorite cooker ever. I have retired my vertical water smoker and if I need additional cooking capacity, I will be purchasing another Pit Barrel® Cooker. Thank you for producing a truly wonderful product.

- Ed K., IL

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