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Ron_L 02-02-2013 06:14 PM

FTPBC First Cook (Lots of pictures)
That would be my Fear The Pig Barrel Cooker


I decided to fire up the PBC for the first time today. I bough a couple of whole chickens that were about 5 lbs each and split them. I gave them a nice rub down with olive oil and the Pit Barrel Cooker All Purpose Seasoning that came with the PBC (it was sitting on the counter).

I put the PBC hooks into the chicken halves...

While the rub was rehydrating I set the PBC up on the front sidewalk (it's a nice, level spot and was free of snow).

Here's a good shot of the air intake for those who have been asking...

I sprayed the inside with Pam spray and set up the charcoal basket. I still have half a pallet of Rancher hardwood briquettes so I decided to be a renegade and use them :-D

I put 15 or so briquettes in my Weber chimney and lit them with a Weber starter cube. I used the charcoal basket from my BWS Party to put the chimney on.

For the charcoal basket I loaded it with Rancher and buried a chunk of cherry wood and put one on top.

10 minutes later the charcoal in the chimney was almost ready...

A few minutes later I dumped it into the PBC on top of the unlit charcoal and wood...

20 minutes later the fire was going pretty good so I put the chicken halves in...

I went in to clean up the chicken mess and came out about 30 minutes later to check on things.

The PBC was smoking lightly out of the holes where the rebar rods go...

I brought out my super fast, super stealthy black Thermapen and decided to check the outside temperature...

I also checked the PBC temp through one of the rebar holes...

More to come in a bit :-D

Oldbob 02-02-2013 06:18 PM

Looks good so far !!

Midnight Smoke 02-02-2013 06:21 PM

Nice Ron! But you did not use Lighter Fluid.

Ron_L 02-02-2013 07:03 PM

After 1 hour and 45 minutes the chicken halves are done. They were 160 in the breast and 170 in the thighs...

They are incredibly juicy. I'm going to pull the meat off and use it for enchiladas tomorrow and salads during the week. the PBC all purpose rub is good, but a little on the peppery side.

Since the PBC is still hot I put on a couple of naked fatties and four chicken thighs.

The picture sucks since it's dark outside now.

I'm also going to throw a couple of chicken breasts in for dinner.

More to come :-D

Ron_L 02-02-2013 07:03 PM


Originally Posted by Midnight Smoke (Post 2351918)
Nice Ron! But you did not use Lighter Fluid.

Nope. No lighter fluid in my cookers! :-D

chicagokp 02-02-2013 08:15 PM

What time should I be over tomorrow? :becky:

MisterChrister 02-02-2013 08:22 PM


Originally Posted by chicagokp (Post 2352069)
What time should I be over tomorrow? :becky:

Chicken raid at Ron's!!!!!

Toast 02-02-2013 08:26 PM

That is Mighty Fine Sir!

JohnHB 02-02-2013 08:27 PM

I'll bring the beer. Unless you prefer a great Aussie Mclaren Shiraz.

Ron_L 02-02-2013 08:29 PM


Originally Posted by JohnHB (Post 2352096)
I'll bring the beer. Unless you prefer a great Aussie Mclaren Shiraz.

Shiraz, please, John :-D

BobM 02-02-2013 08:36 PM

Wow, looks great, can't wait for the ending!

BRBBQ 02-02-2013 08:43 PM

Looks great

oifmarine2003 02-02-2013 08:45 PM

Looks good Ron! What 'burb?

Robicus129 02-02-2013 08:50 PM

Awesome write up!

BBQ_MAFIA 02-02-2013 08:58 PM

Thanks for the pics.

The Chicken looks great.

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