How to use a barrel smoker

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Barrel smoking instructions

Step 1: Light 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.

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Step 2: Add 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.

how to use a barrel smoker

Step 3: Open the top vent

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

how to use a barrel smoker

Step 4: Start 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.

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