View Full Version : Orion Charcoal Cooker

05-18-2013, 08:01 AM
Does anyone have one of these or heard of it? I was browsing the Bass Pro Shop catalog and came across it.


05-18-2013, 08:43 AM
Not really a smoker. The fuel is on the outside so the smoker never touches the meat. More steam/convection than smoker. In my oppinion.

05-18-2013, 08:48 AM
I liked the review on Bass Pro web site that called it a redneck microwave!

05-18-2013, 08:54 AM
I have no experience with the Orion, but there are several threads here from owners.
Try the handy dandy Google search at the bottom of the page for some reading till others chime in. 8)
I think the reviews here are mostly positive for what it is.

Good Luck


05-18-2013, 09:02 AM
Works like a little Cajun micro wave. I never cooked on one but I have had turkey cooked on one and it was very good.

Old Dave
05-18-2013, 10:19 AM
The cooker is well made and will do a good job with several meats. Although the fire is on the outside, the smoke chips go on the inside of the cooker with the product and yes, you will get a good smoke flavor out of the cooker.


The cooker loaded with a couple of racks of spare ribs.



These ribs were cooked in just 70 minutes and this is the results.


The chicken was also cooked in just 70 minutes and was very good.

I do like the cooker but it sure isn't safe around children or anywhere flying sparks might cause a problem.

05-18-2013, 03:26 PM
70 minutes? Wow. How was the tenderness on the ribs?


05-18-2013, 04:59 PM
I had one for about a year. Even used it for ribs for two backyard comps (came in 2nd out of about 40 teams in Bel Air in 2011). I loved it but got rid of it and replaced it with a WSM for comps. I found that you will get a little hint of smoke, but not much of a smoke ring. I like how a good smoke ring looks. It is well made and does cook fast. I cooked two turkeys on it that came out pretty nice.

05-18-2013, 06:08 PM
They cook great. I have had some incredible chicken from one. I just don't like wasting the coals with no method to put the fire out. Seem very inefficient.

05-18-2013, 08:36 PM
I had one and really liked it for chicken and turkey. Boston butts came out good as well.

Cleaning it was always a pain and it uses a whole bag of charcoal.

I bought a Primo XL two years ago and haven't used my Orion since. Matter of fact, I just sold it with my stainless steel grill a few weeks ago. Once I got a real grill, I simply never used it.

05-18-2013, 09:00 PM
I always sprayed the inside with pam or something like that. Then I'd add hot water to it. Clean up was a breeze. You can also lay foil in the bottom to aide with cleaning.