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I always check my meat before I eat. I ran the probe in there just to make sure the cook times in the book were right, and I didn't want to open it until I knew it was done.

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well my buddy was at it again over the weekend , he did an 8 # prime rib in 1 hr 30 min using the instructions that came with the smoker. he checked the internal temp when it came off at 135 degrees , said it was perfect for his taste , juicy , tender , med rareish , not bloody. he said his friend is the final word , he eats it without his false teeth and had no problem

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I've had an Orion for a couple of years. I like to do my pork butts and briskets in them. I can do two 8lb butts in four hours and one load of coal if it's not windy. They are a great little tool to have in your line up. Almost impossible to mess up a cook. Sometimes 6 racks of babby backs in 1hr 15min fits right in to my time schedule. They take 13 1/2 lbs of coal. 9 or 10 briquettes in the top the rest in the bottom. I have had them last 5hrs and still cooking.

 

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I've had an Orion for a couple of years. I like to do my pork butts and briskets in them. I can do two 8lb butts in four hours and one load of coal if it's not windy. They are a great little tool to have in your line up. Almost impossible to mess up a cook. Sometimes 6 racks of babby backs in 1hr 15min fits right in to my time schedule. They take 13 1/2 lbs of coal. 9 or 10 briquettes in the top the rest in the bottom. I have had them last 5hrs and still cooking.

 

 

We are having a pot luck at the office this week and I was just sitting here wondering how I was going to smoke some shoulders for brunswick stew.  With work, I just don't have time for an overnighter between now and Thursday morning.  Then I saw this post and well I do have an Orion on the deck......   And a bag of matchlight in the garage!

 

Never tried shoulders in the Orion, but it might be time to try it.

 

Might just work out after all (now I just need two whole smoked chickens, tomatoes etc.... and gotta find the 20 quart pot in the basement).

 

post #26 of 32

The Orion Smoker is the best item I have ever bought. I have a huge smoker and I would use it when my cousins would come do some barn sitting and working on my old bronco. Once I'd get involved with something else I'd have flame ups or the fire would be to low, smoke in my eyes and stink like smoke all day.. With the Orion, you just set it and then relax.. All you watch is the clock. You can't mess your food up. The more wood chips the more smoke.. Food taste excellent and very ,moist! I use mine every weekend and also bring it to work! Going to do chicken tomorrow and ribs on Sunday

 

Just my opinion..

 

 

   Travis

post #27 of 32
Did a 14 lb. turkey for the family Christmas dinner this year and instead of wood chips I used wood pellets, very successful holiday meal, the Orion shines when you try poultry!
post #28 of 32
Has anyone tried to build one using the same principals?
post #29 of 32

Have had chicken and ribs from my buddy's Orion, ordering one today ! Ace Hardware on line best price

post #30 of 32

I have to agree with some here, it has its place in the arsenal, I love my stickburner and gravity feed but if I dont have time for a long smoke and it is not a big cook, I drag out the orion, go by the times and you cannot go wrong, with chips or pellets it is pretty good bbq, I dont use mine a lot but when I need it, cant beat it. Bonz

post #31 of 32
Nice. I'll get mine today!! Thanks!
post #32 of 32

Great pics.  Thanks for posting.  I have to agree with a lot of the posts on this thread that i was a little reluctant with the Orion at first but have found that it does a great job.  Relatively inexpensive too.  I would recommend this as a good barbecue investment.

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