February 1


Pit Barrel Cooker Review – BBQ Smoker Review – Ugly Drum Smoker Alternative

By CampCook

February 1, 2021

Pit Barrel Cooker

This is a Review of The Pit Barrel Smoker. The Pit Barrel Cooker is awarded as being one of 2017’s To 10 Best Value Backyard Smokers. At $299 with Free shipping, this Smoker is hard to beat.
If you are looking for a great smoker, whether you are a beginner or experienced BBQ cook, I highly recommend this smoker.
This looks a lot like an ugly drum smoker, but is a bit smaller using only a 30 gallon drum. I have never used a UDS Smoker, so I don’t know if this smoker lacks anything because of the smaller size. I can tell you that this smoker is not lacking capacity.

Information on the Pit Barrel Cooker:

These are only my opinions and observations. Someone else may have an entirely different opinion.

Pit Barrel Cooker Brisket:

Pit Barrel Cooker Ribs:

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How long does shipping take?
A: Free ground shipping takes 1 to 5 days, depending on where you are located in the U.S. All orders ship from California.

Q: Can you use the PBC in the winter?
A: Yes, the PBC works great in all weather conditions. In extreme cold you may need to offset your lid about 3/4 of an inch for 20-30 minutes to increase the heat.

Q: Why doesn’t the PBC have a thermometer?
A: We didn’t install a thermometer because we don’t want people to get concerned with the temperature inside the drum itself. If you follow the proper lighting instructions you will have consistent temperatures and cooks each time. Our goal is to help you produce great food with no hassle.

Q: Can I hang meat and grill at the same time?
A: Yes, with the Hinged Grill Grate you are now able to hang and grill at the same time. $16.95

Q: What is the diameter of the grill grate?
A: 17.5″

Q: How do I clean out the ashes in the bottom of my PBC?
A: You can either dump out the ashes or use our Attachable Ash Pan on your charcoal basket, which will catch the ashes for you and ensure easy cleanup.

Q: Can I add wood chips or chunks for flavor?
A: Absolutely! Even though people are blown away by the results of only using Kingsford® Original briquets, you can add wood for additional smoke flavor.

Q: Do I need to add a water pan?
A: No, the PBC is a unique cooker and does not require a water pan. In fact, the rendered fat dripping from the meat and vaporizing on the coals is part of what makes PBC food so great.

Q: How much charcoal do I use for each cook?
A: We recommend that you use a full charcoal basket (8 lbs.) for each cook. You can use less charcoal for cooks shorter than 2 hours.

The Pit Barrel Cooker Website:

Check out the article about the 2017 Top 10 Best Value Backyard Smokers:


Video URL:
Pit Barrel Cooker VS. Weber Smokey Mountain:

Disclaimer: This video and description contains amazon affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I potentially can receive a small commission.


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  1. hello, please can you provide me, without haste, this pit barrel measures:
    – diameter of:
      all holes (inlet and 4 outlet ventilation)
    and bars
    – distance between basket and grid and between grid and bars
    – depth of the basket without calculating the handle

    Thank you so much

  2. I currently have a Brinkmann Smoke n Grill. I have been using t for a while now. One thing that annoys me is that the Brinkmann is hard to maintain and control the temperature. Would you recommend this as an upgrade or would you recommend something else?

  3. Hello, I have a Traeger Timberline which I love but want more of a smoke flavor than I get on the Timberline. If you add wood chunks in the charcoal do you think the flavor is closer to the pit bbq flavor that you find at the large smoke house restaurants? Thank you! Great video would like to see more on your Pit Barrel Cooker!

  4. Hey brother I’m also in Colorado. Thinking of picking up this cooker. I currently have a Smokey mountain. How do you like your pit barrel cooker, still have it ??? Being and Colorado, how have you learned the “science” of control the temperature with the damper, you really keep it open that much ?

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