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post #1 of 32
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hey guys , anybody know anything about these smokers , my buddy told me about them today and if you read their website they sound almost too good to be true , let me know what you think , thanks

post #2 of 32

Not really  a smoker, per se.  It apparently uses lots of charcoal, mostly cooks by convection.  I got a friend that has one, and likes it.

post #3 of 32

Do you have a link?

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post #5 of 32
Originally Posted by Frosty View Post

Not really  a smoker, per se.  It apparently uses lots of charcoal, mostly cooks by convection.  I got a friend that has one, and likes it.

Emeril also has a simular marketed device.  This is more a convection cooker like a Cajun Microwave or a Caja China.  Thay make great food just like an oven would.  as a mater of fact it is just a big dutch oven that you can add chips to if you want.

post #6 of 32

It looks kinda cool! MMMM, new toy?

post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 

after i posted i went on youtube to see what was there , they had several videos to watch , kinda interesting , it seems this might work. its hard to believe you can cook ribs in 1 hour and 15 min that are actually tender but it seems to be true . once my buddy gets his and we try it out i will give a full report

post #8 of 32

My brother has one, it is definitely cheating if you are a low and slow smoker, however it is a really neat lil toy and produces some amazing food! On one load of charcoal we cooked two decent sized turkeys, they each took under 2 hours and where very juicy and smokey.

post #9 of 32

I bought one at Home Depot when they had them on clearance for $50 a few years back.  Hard to pass up at that price even if it was a novelty item.  That being said, I think we have used it 2 or 3 times.  I had to try the "ribs in an hour" to see if it will actually do it.  Yes it will make 6 racks of baby back ribs in about a hour, but if you are used to "real" smoked ribs done low and slow the texture and taste is not the same.  I've also done chicken and the results were similar.  It's just not the same.  So my shiny stainless Orion cooker now just sits as a side decoration to the rest of my cooking gear (the rest actually gets used regularly).


It does not use a great amount of charcoal as it cooks so fast.  The directions say to use a 15lb bag of match light (or similar instant light charcoal, or I guess you could hose your own down with lighter fluid - I can't believe I even said that).  You load the meat, close up the chamber , light it & forget it until you hit the time mark.  The "cooking chamber" is sealed and it acts more like a convection oven.  It works the same way that a cast iron dutch oven does (the old style camping type).  The coals on the top stimulate the convection action in the cooking chamber.  You just put some match light coals on the top and spread the rest around the outside of the cooking chamber.  There is no direct smoke action from the coals, but if you put chips or pellets inside against the outer shell of the smoke chamber, it will smolder from the heat which comes through the chamber wall and give you smoke.  It is 100% stainless, but with the open flames licking the outside of the cook chamber you will get discoloration after the first cook.  Also with the sealed cooking chamber there is no way to put a meat probe inside.  You cook by time alone and there is no way to make any heat adjustment so a pit probe would not help either.


That being said, if you get it for the right price, it would have it's uses.  I could see it being handy on a tailgate outing where time was an issue or even on a RV, camping trip or day at the beach, but it is not ever going to compete head to head with low and slow.  It's definitely a niche item IMO.  I just can't seem to decide to get rid of mine, as I still see it having uses under certain circumstances.  But for me, I would much rather fire up the WSM and the BBQ Guru and do it the right way over real wood smoke and coals.


Here is a link to the Orion users manual on Home Depot's web site.



Not my photo but it should give anyone not familiar with the Orion and idea of what I'm talking about...



post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 

my follow-up report : well, my buddy finally got to use his orion and he said it really worked , he did a batch of ribs and it took about 1 hr and 15 min. he said they were very moist and tender , he was impressed . hes not going to give up his green egg but he says this deal definately has its place . probably best for tailgating and places where you just can't do a 4 or 6 hr smoke

post #11 of 32
Thread Starter 

one more update . i got to taste test a 10# pork butt that was done in 3hrs and 15 min . excellent !!!!!

post #12 of 32

I purchase one last summer and it is my go to rib machine now, especially when I do not have 5 to 7 hours for smoking. Ribs is all I have made it it so far, but if I can light it, and forget it... they are that trustworthy. Just think about getting done with work and having ribs that are delicious in 2 hours; or maybe have the wife light the grill an hour and a half before you get home... this is a huge selling point for me!

post #13 of 32

This was my first "smoker". I cooked all kind of things on it and have to say I never had a bad meal on it.


It cooks fast, you can do a 5lb butt in 3 1/2 hours, ribs in an hour and 15 minutes. All you have to do is throw some wood chips inside, fill it with charcoal, light it and forget it.


They say to use Matchlight charcoal for better results but I used regular charcoal with light fluid also. Still it cost about $10 to fire it up each time.


When I mad ribs I would cook them in the Orion then throw on the gas grill with BBQ sauce to crisp them up a little.


I have many pictures of food I cooked on it if anyone is interested.


I have since bought a Master Forge gas but i still have the Orion.

post #14 of 32
Thread Starter 

sure harley , lets see some pics

post #15 of 32

Interesting. never used one never seen 1 used. You can always smoke ahead and reheat for tale gates, I have done that several times. seams like it takes a bunch of charcoal to me, and I HATE the instant light stuff as well as lighter fluid. With that being said if I could pick 1 up cheap I may play around with it.

post #16 of 32
Originally Posted by sprky View Post

seams like it takes a bunch of charcoal to me, and I HATE the instant light stuff as well as lighter fluid. With that being said if I could pick 1 up cheap I may play around with it.

Orion's are not bragged about when it comes to charcoal use...


As far as what charcoal to use, typically I agree with you sprky; but in this case the insta light works best and it does not matter what brand you use because the brand of charcoal or if you use lighter fluid or not does not affect the taste of food off an Orion. Food is seal inside the Orion's canister, charcoal only provides the heat, does not affect the taste.


post #17 of 32

Here are some pictures of things I cooked on it. baby back ribs100_1571.JPG100_1583.JPG100_1586.JPG100_1529.JPG100_1535.JPG100_1538.JPG100_1542.JPG100_1336.JPG100_1348.JPG100_1349.JPG100_1624.JPG100_1627.JPGSDC10483.JPGSDC10486.JPG

post #18 of 32

 it looks sooo great. Damn, we here in Germany can´t get much less BBQ stuff like in US.

post #19 of 32
Thread Starter 

hey harley , those pics look great , thanks for posting

post #20 of 32
Thread Starter 

yo harley , i just noticed a temp probe , is that your own modification ? i thought these cooked by time and weight only .

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