View Full Version : New guy from Dallas / Review of Big Hat

05-30-2013, 02:15 PM

Long time browser of the forum, first time poster. Been cooking on a UDS now for about 2 years but had an unfortunate grease fire in it that ruined things. :doh: It was good timing however as I was starting to max the capacity of that thing out (had 3 racks inside it).

Did a lot of research on pits for about a month (Klose, Gator, Lang) and ended up gambling a bit on a Big Hat Marfa smoker. I could not find very many reviews of these smokers, hence the gamble. This thing is made in Texas and sold locally here in Dallas so I could inspect it firsthand which is something I could not do with the others. It is 1/4" steel, welded and seems like a beefy unit.



Threw a 14 lb brisket, two racks of ribs and some sausages on to break it in. Overall food turned out excellent for my first time on this pit. Was not used to temperature fluctuations on a stick burner compared to the UDS, but got the hang of it towards the end of the cook. I think I got a lot more smoke applied to the food with this unit vs a UDS and it was certainly easier to access the fire instead of unstacking the UDS shelves. Indeed I have a ton of room on this thing and looking forward to pushing the limit.


I just installed a 2nd thermo at the bottom-most rack of the pit. It needed a small amount of high temp gasket tape around the very top of the door and I placed a bit around the grill lid of the firebox to reduce smoke leakage. I was definitely happy to have the gas log starter available as this was my first time cooking with logs instead of charcoal + chunks and I was not as prompt as I needed to be mid cook with throwing on fresh logs. The fresh logs sometimes needed a bit of flame to get them started up again.

And finally rest of my equipment: Genesis 310 (old model before the moved the gas knobs to the front :( ) and burned out UDS.

05-30-2013, 02:41 PM
Gotta admit, that looks like a pretty killer cooker!!!

Mark Warren
05-30-2013, 03:39 PM
Your all set up - Nice to here from you.

Big George's BBQ
05-31-2013, 08:24 AM
Welcome Nice pit

05-31-2013, 10:20 AM
Welcome to the camp,
Looks like a great cooker.

05-31-2013, 03:24 PM
Welcome aboard uf300zx!

Cool lookin' rig there! Hadn't seen the Big Hat smoker before.

06-01-2013, 10:46 AM
Welcome, from Naples, FL!

06-01-2013, 01:17 PM
Welcome, come on in, take your shoes off and sit a spell.

06-01-2013, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the kind words.... now time to get smokin!

06-01-2013, 05:13 PM
Mighty fine Rig and Welcome neighbor!

06-02-2013, 02:47 PM
Looks good!

06-03-2013, 08:42 AM