Orion Smokers input??

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by bwsmith_2000, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Recently, I was at a friend's house and he served pulled pork that he had prepared on an "Orion" smoker. When he told me about the cook times, I was amazed. He said the pulled pork (butt) took only about 5-6 hours to cook. He cooked ribs in about 2-3 hours .... and they were good! How about it ..... I'm looking for input. I use a GOSM or a Charbroil offset and take substantially more time than this. Also, mine taste about as good as my friend's. Am I missing something or should I check out the Orion?????
     
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I almost bought one a few years ago (Clearance 40.00) at Lowes but I didn't the idea of the charcoal not being enclosed, I was afraid a good wind would blow hot coals and start a fire.
     
  3. jdt

    jdt Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I thought about it as they are super cheap but  after I got a taste of a "smoked" turkey I decided it was a big fat NO, IMO it lacked flavor and was far from great, I think I could have done better with a weber kettle,
     
  4. captden

    captden Newbie

    I bought an Orion a few months back, they are great. They combine convection, smoking, and steaming in one unit. They are fast, you can do six racks of BB Ribs in 1hr 15min   A whole 20lb turkey in about 2hr 15min, and it is moist, moist, moist. They do use the coal, you need 13 1/2 lbs of coal for a cook, but they do a great job. Orion also has a forum with a lot of cool folks.  
     
  5. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks a lot for the input. Any others?
     
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmm, can't be all bad.

    captden seems to have registered on SMF today, in order to be able to tell how great they are.
     
  7. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Here's my Orion in action.  I like it and it does a pretty good job.[​IMG]







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    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010
  8. captden

    captden Newbie

    Just another tool for BBQ. They are pretty much fool proof. that sometimes works to my advantage.
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmm, now you got me thinking about getting one. [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  10. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Trying this again, sorry if it is a double post. I think it work great.







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  11. mosoxfan

    mosoxfan Newbie

    Is that a bacon explosion on your Orion?  I haven't tried that yet on mine--looks pretty good.
     
     
  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks like the one on the right is a fatty and the one on the left a baconless fatty. What's a bacon exlosion? [​IMG]

     
     
  13. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    The one with the bacon is a "fatty".  The other one is just hamburger with cheese and mushrooms, kind of an experiment.  A fatty is usually a 1 lb chub of sausage flattened out then rolled up with all kinds of fillings. Then wrapped up with bacon.  You can check out some of these here http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/list/175.
     
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Mosoxfan,

    I got the same question Meateater had---What's a Bacon Explosion?

    Bear
     
  15. mosoxfan

    mosoxfan Newbie

    Here's the info on Bacon Explosion--a KC creation:  http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/
     
     
  16. I've never seen one of those. The exposed coals could be a problem, does it have a screen to cover them? What temps does it cook at to finish that quickly?
     
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Mosoxfan,

    Looks a lot like people make on this forum.

    I guess you just have to put Bacon on the inside too, and you call it a Bacon Explosion.

    Bear
     
  18. mosoxfan

    mosoxfan Newbie

    And these guys in KC have lotsa folks thinking this is something they invented--HA!
     
     

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