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Orion Smokers input??

bwsmith_2000

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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?????
 

meateater

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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.
 

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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,
 

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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.  
 

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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.
 

captden

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

Bearcarver

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Just another tool for BBQ. They are pretty much fool proof. that sometimes works to my advantage.
Hmmm, now you got me thinking about getting one. 


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meateater

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


 
 

etcher1

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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.
 

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mosoxfan

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Here's the info on Bacon Explosion--a KC creation:  http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/
 
 

marlin009

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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?
 

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Here's the info on Bacon Explosion--a KC creation:  http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/
 
Is that a bacon explosion on your Orion?  I haven't tried that yet on mine--looks pretty good.
 
Here's my Orion in action.  I like it and it does a pretty good job.








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


 
 
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
 

mosoxfan

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And these guys in KC have lotsa folks thinking this is something they invented--HA!
 
Here's the info on Bacon Explosion--a KC creation:  http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/
 
Is that a bacon explosion on your Orion?  I haven't tried that yet on mine--looks pretty good.
 
Here's my Orion in action.  I like it and it does a pretty good job.








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


 
 
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
 

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