Frequently Asked Questions

The best way to describe the PBC is that it’s the perfect combination between a grill and a smoker. It is truly in its own category, given the meat hanging method in a pit environment.
Absolutely NOT! The PBC is designed for the temperature at which standard briquets burn, anything else may burn too hot for the design and air flow.
Although the PBC comes with a three-point barrel stand, when using the PBC on wood or grass we highly recommend placing paver stones or bricks in the designated area under the PBC just to be safe. Important: Be sure to use enough pavers or bricks to completely cover the entire area under the cooker. Four 12″x12″ pavers laid in a 2×2 pattern works well.
Yes, you can grill an unbelievable steak using the provided grill grate with the lid off.
We offer 24/7 personal support to our customers. Question during a cook? We’re happy to help.
Yes, there are no allergens, gluten, or MSG in our rubs.
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.
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Hanging vertically provides for an extremely efficient use of internal space, making the Pit Barrel® Cooker, hands down, one of the best values (if not THE best value) on the market in terms of capacity. There are endless potential combinations of meat and vegetables, but for example – when hanging, easily fit 8 racks of ribs, 2-3 pork butts/shoulders or briskets depending on their size. Our Turkey Hangers, allow for 2 good size (13-16 pound) birds. Using our Hinged Grate, hang 4 racks of ribs with grill space for fish, burgers, and/or vegetables.

The total shipping weight in the box is 64 lbs.
The PBC is 36” tall, including the lid and stand, and 25” wide, including the side handles.
No, the PBC is well made of top-quality materials and it’s designed to be durable and easily portable. There is really nothing that can break on the PBC, so you can confidently take it on the road to wherever you want to enjoy great food.
Yes, the PBC is portable and can easily be transported in the back of an SUV or truck for use while tailgating, camping, fishing, hunting, etc. See our Portability video that shows how easy it is.
The Pit Barrel® cooker has a top-quality porcelain enamel coating that’s durable and will keep your PBC looking like new for years with just simple maintenance.
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.

Please refer to our video Lighting Your Pit Barrel®® Cooker. We recommend using standard briquets. Important: DO NOT use Match Light® briquets. We offer a custom chimney starter that holds the perfect number of briquets and is specifically designed to work within the size and shape of the PBC.
Lump charcoal can be used, but burns much hotter and cook times will vary.  To achieve consistent and outstanding results every time, we recommend using standard charcoal briquets.
No, the Pit Barrel® Cooker burns very efficiently, so a single full coal basket lit according to the instructions provides 6 to 7 hours of cook time.
The PBC is designed to be as close to a set-it-and-forget-it cooker as can be. The trade-off for this ease and convenience is that there really is no reliable way to “shut the PBC down” or snuff and save the coals. Also, partially burned coals are unpredictable when re-used, so we don’t recommend it even if you are able to snuff out the fire. For us it’s all about repeatable outstanding results with no hassle.
Absolutely! Even though people are blown away by the results of only using standard briquets, you can add wood for additional smoke flavor.
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.
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 average temperature ranges between 275 and 310 degrees with the rods in and the lid seated. It’s important to note that leaving the lid off or offset for extended periods of time will cause the temperature to spike.
Have fun with your PBC! If the meat can be hung then hang it. For things that absolutely cannot be hung, like burgers, pizza, fish etc., simply grill them on the provided grill grate. We also offer a Hinged Grill Grate that allows you to hang and grill food at the same time.
No, the PBC is made from a brand new 30 gallon drum. There is no need to season it with cooking oil or spray. It comes ready to cook right out of the box.
Yes, with the Hinged Grill Grate you are now able to hang and grill at the same time.
Yes, just put the meat that takes the longest on first so that they finish at the same time.
Yes, please refer to our Cedar Plank Salmon video. We recommend using the grill grate for all fish.

Our products ship FREE of charge anywhere in the continental U.S. via FedEx® Ground or USPS® Priority, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Please select the free shipping option at checkout. Expedited shipping options are available at checkout for an additional charge.
Yes, just enter shipping your details in the shipping calculator upon checkout for a shipping quote. We also have international retailers in New Zealand, Norway, Australia, Canada, and The Netherlands. Note: International shipping rates do not include duties and/or taxes.
One simple step of bolting the horseshoe handle onto the lid, and you’ll be ready to cook within just a few minutes. It really is that easy.
The PBC box dimensions are 21x21x32.
Free ground shipping takes 1 to 5 days, depending on where you are located in the U.S. All orders ship from California.
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PBC Co. will repair or replace any manufacturer defect on the cooker or any accessory within one year of the purchase date. Rust-through is covered in-warranty however, surface rust is not. PBC Co. will gladly replace any damaged or defective products reported within two weeks of the ship date. PBC Co. will accept returns when the product is unopened and unused. A refund will be issued, less $50 for shipping. Proof-of-purchase is required for any replacements or returns.