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Barrel smoker on an outdoor deck


A barrel smoker creates meals that are surefire people pleasers. It's easy to use and holds its temperature so you don't have to constantly watch over it. The great thing about this smoker is that it's got enough space to feed a family, even a heavily extended one.


1Light the charcoal or briquettes

Place your charcoal briquettes in your chimney and ignite.  The amount of charcoal you put in your chimney will depend on the size of your cook.

Person pouring hot charcoal briquettes into a smoker

2Add the charcoal to the charcoal rack

When the charcoal in your chimney has turned a light grey colour, add it to the charcoal rack. Charcoal briquettes will give you an even cooking temperature due to their uniform size.

Charcoal briquettes glowing red hot on a smoker rack

3Open the top vent

Open the top vent once lit. While cooking you can open or close the intake vents to adjust the internal temperature.

Slightly open vent at the top of a smoker chimney

4Start cooking!

Depending on what you are cooking you can adjust the height of your charcoal rack. For a fast sear, bring the charcoal rack up closer to the food, or lower it for a more gentle cook for seafood or chicken. After 5-10 minutes, the grilling racks will be up to temperature, and your food will sear and not stick instantly.

Person adjusting the height of the rack in a smoker

5Find your perfect barbecue or smoker

Ready to get started barbecuing or smoking your favourite food? Check out some our recipes and ideas to get you started. Or, take a look at our great range of barbecues and smokers and you'll be cooking in no time!

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