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Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker

Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker

Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
Orion Cooker The Convection BBQ Smoker
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Features

  • Cooks with smoke, steam, and convection heat for fast cooking times.
  • Cook Times: Whole Turkey (12lbs) 1 hr. 24 min, Baby Back Ribs (6 racks) 1 hour 15 minutes, Brisket (9lbs) 4.5 hrs.
  • 100% stainless steel construction.
  • Cooks in half the time compared to traditional smokers with the same great taste!
  • Comes with poultry stand, lifting handle, 3 rib hangers and three cooking grates.

Description

A revolutionary way to cook out. Moist, tender meat without the wait. The revolutionary Orion Charcoal Cooker simultaneously smokes, steams, and uses convection with an extraordinarily fast cooking time. Perfect for pork tenderloin, turkey, baby back ribs, and salmon. Cooks a 20-lb. turkey in 2 hours, 15 minutes, without sacrificing succulent, juicy flavor that will melt in your mouth every time. Low-maintenance unit gives you moist and tender meat every time, with no flare-ups. Stainless steel design. Comes standard with 3 cooking grates, a poultry stand, lifting handle and 3 rib hangers. Dimensions: 19-3/4" W x 36" H. Cylinder diameter: 13". Cooking Surface: 360 square inches.


Product Dimensions 21 x 20 x 21 inches


Item Weight 2 pounds


Shipping Weight 31.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


Manufacturer Orion Cooker


ASIN B000QJ2X0A


Item model number 101


Customer Reviews 4.7 out of 5 stars 415 ratings 4.7 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #102,549 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden) #179 in Outdoor Smokers


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Features

  • Cooks with smoke, steam, and convection heat for fast cooking times.
  • Cook Times: Whole Turkey (12lbs) 1 hr. 24 min, Baby Back Ribs (6 racks) 1 hour 15 minutes, Brisket (9lbs) 4.5 hrs.
  • 100% stainless steel construction.
  • Cooks in half the time compared to traditional smokers with the same great taste!
  • Comes with poultry stand, lifting handle, 3 rib hangers and three cooking grates.

Description

A revolutionary way to cook out. Moist, tender meat without the wait. The revolutionary Orion Charcoal Cooker simultaneously smokes, steams, and uses convection with an extraordinarily fast cooking time. Perfect for pork tenderloin, turkey, baby back ribs, and salmon. Cooks a 20-lb. turkey in 2 hours, 15 minutes, without sacrificing succulent, juicy flavor that will melt in your mouth every time. Low-maintenance unit gives you moist and tender meat every time, with no flare-ups. Stainless steel design. Comes standard with 3 cooking grates, a poultry stand, lifting handle and 3 rib hangers. Dimensions: 19-3/4" W x 36" H. Cylinder diameter: 13". Cooking Surface: 360 square inches.


Product Dimensions 21 x 20 x 21 inches


Item Weight 2 pounds


Shipping Weight 31.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


Manufacturer Orion Cooker


ASIN B000QJ2X0A


Item model number 101


Customer Reviews 4.7 out of 5 stars 415 ratings 4.7 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #102,549 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden) #179 in Outdoor Smokers


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


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Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

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Features

  • Cooks with smoke, steam, and convection heat for fast cooking times.
  • Cook Times: Whole Turkey (12lbs) 1 hr. 24 min, Baby Back Ribs (6 racks) 1 hour 15 minutes, Brisket (9lbs) 4.5 hrs.
  • 100% stainless steel construction.
  • Cooks in half the time compared to traditional smokers with the same great taste!
  • Comes with poultry stand, lifting handle, 3 rib hangers and three cooking grates.

Description

A revolutionary way to cook out. Moist, tender meat without the wait. The revolutionary Orion Charcoal Cooker simultaneously smokes, steams, and uses convection with an extraordinarily fast cooking time. Perfect for pork tenderloin, turkey, baby back ribs, and salmon. Cooks a 20-lb. turkey in 2 hours, 15 minutes, without sacrificing succulent, juicy flavor that will melt in your mouth every time. Low-maintenance unit gives you moist and tender meat every time, with no flare-ups. Stainless steel design. Comes standard with 3 cooking grates, a poultry stand, lifting handle and 3 rib hangers. Dimensions: 19-3/4" W x 36" H. Cylinder diameter: 13". Cooking Surface: 360 square inches.


Product Dimensions 21 x 20 x 21 inches


Item Weight 2 pounds


Shipping Weight 31.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


Manufacturer Orion Cooker


ASIN B000QJ2X0A


Item model number 101


Customer Reviews 4.7 out of 5 stars 415 ratings 4.7 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #102,549 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden) #179 in Outdoor Smokers


abunda_amazon_reviews Bought my first one locally in the spring of 2011. I estimate we've used it 3 times a month in the six and a half years we've had it, which comes out to roughly 225 uses, and it's finally beginning to show some deterioration where the smoke chamber attaches to the charcoal trough (stainless steel is corrosion resistant, not corrosion proof, and the resistance depends on the grade of stainless steel). I'm ordering another one so there's no downtime when my current one bites the bullet. It's hard to convey how well this smoker performs; chicken, beef, fish, and pork all come out moist with a great smoked flavor. Following the simple guidelines provided, we've never had anything not cooked to perfection. As the instructions suggest, resist the temptation to check on your meat during cooking; you will just let out steam and smoke and delay the cooking process. Set the timer on your phone and go back when it's done. As Ron Popeil says, just "set it and forget it". Edit: received my new smoker and noticed it is constructed differently (much better and stronger) in the area the old one was deteriorating.;;Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Get one if you like moist, flavorful meat;;Steve Bingham;;/gp/customer-reviews/R3H6J12K3G4HDE/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000QJ2X0A;;;I read the reviews and thought to myself that this was a different kind of grill that would be fun to use. The results? Tough meat that looked terrible. Ribs look like cadaver flesh. Pale, no crust, just awful. I used it twice and its been sitting in my car port ever since. One good thing: I live at the beach so everything rusts badly. I've had this grill for 3 years and it hasn't rusted a bit, so it is well-made. The only reason I haven't thrown it out is the fact that I spent so much money on it. I wouldn't even feel right about trying to sell it. I live in a small town and I suspect that if I suckered someone into buying it I would be subject to retribution. I hope this review helps. I think buyers of this grill should create a support group.;;Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2019;;1.0 out of 5 stars;;I can't believe I bought this thing.;;Loflin;;/gp/customer-reviews/R31PSDOFF3BSPB/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000QJ2X0A;;;I really like this smoker was recommended from a friend. I work out of tow all the time for months and this smoker is light weight portable and extremely fast. I have smoked 6 slabs of ribs in a hour and a half. I is so simple that my 18 year old oilier that has problems using the Micro wave in his hotel room. Now the foreman thinks he is a Gourmet chief. I have cook everything. between my Weber grills and this smoker. We no longer go out to eat at restaurants the crew throws in money and the Oilier takes my truck to the store and at lunch we feast better that everyone on thew spread. Unbelievable;;Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2016;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;incredible unbelieveable;;Amazon Customer;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1G4UOC2FJ78GI/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000QJ2X0A;;;There are many types of smokers out there and some will say this isn't a smoker at all. I'm here to tell you they're wrong. I've owned and used this smoker more times than I can count over the last six years. This is tired and true. I've smoked ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, turkey, ham and beef brisket. All have turned out wonderful. Friends and family have told me that the meat was the best they've eaten. Some complain that it uses just about a whole bag of charcoal and they're right, but think about it. All smokers use some type of fuel that you'll be paying for. The cost associated with a traditional offset smoker using coals and large pieces of wood will cost more than a $10 bag of Matchlight and a bag of woodchips that will last several months. A few tips to help you out. First, these Orion cookers can be hard to find in stock. By one as soon as you can! Second, remember the food is only as good as the recipe. Good BBQ rub and meat preparation is critical to any good tasting smoked meat. Third, for ribs you can smoke up to 6 racks at a time. Always place a cooking grate at the bottom level or on the drip pan when hanging ribs. If a rack happens to fall of the hanger, it will be safely caught on the grate and will cook just fine, instead of falling into the greasy drip pan. Don't sauce your ribs before smoking. Only use a dry rub while smoking. A little honey and mustard if desired is ok, just remember the ribs are hanging and sauce will run off. Wait until they are done. If you want that competition look, you can sauce, butter and brown sugar your ribs when they're done and then wrap them in tinfoil. Place them in your oven on 250 for 2 hours to caramelize the BBQ sauce and sugar. Finally, remove the wire handles on the drip pan and tinfoil the drip pan for easy clean up. I like to tinfoil the bottom of the smoker too, for ease of clean up. I have looked at other smokers out there and for the cost I don't think you can beat this cooker. You can’t put a price on time and I don't have 10 hours to babysit an offset smoker while cooking brisket. I can fire off the Orion and come back 5 hours later to a perfect brisket. There is no electric heating element to burn out like some other smokers. I looked at several brands and they all had complaints of heating elements burning out or constantly blown GFI outlets. One more thing to note. Complaints have been made that you don't get a red smoke ring with the Orion and for the most part they're right, but remember the smoke ring has nothing to do with taste. Without getting all technical, the smoke ring is caused by a chemical reaction in the meat and is affected by many variances such as how much myoglobin is left in the meat after slaughter, temperature spikes, cooking temperature, chemical reactions in the smoke, and humidity just to name a few. Don't be fooled that it's not smoked if there is no red ring. This is truly a set and forget type of cooker/smoker. I don’t write many reviews, but I felt it was time to write one for the Orion. This is one of the best household purchases I’ve ever made and haven’t regretted it for a second.;;Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2015;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;All have turned out wonderful. Friends and family have told me that the ...;;Cory5129;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1955167L1UNNV/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000QJ2X0A;;;Bobby Flay used to have a BBQ series where he had a huge assortment of grills and smokers. My dream is to have a backyard like that, but currently I have two smokers, a grill, a griddle and the Orion, which is in a class all by itself. The Orion Cooker is a fancier and better version of an upside down trash can bbq (google it for some fun videos). It's a metal chamber with up to three levels for food. You add charcoal to the ring around the cooker and to the top- this makes for some concentric heat waves that cook the food quickly..and because it's contained, the food is juicy as well. This Orion is my "go to" when I need to make ribs in a hurry- i've fit as many as 6 slabs of ribs and they are ready (and falling off the bone tender) in a little over an hour. I gave one to my oldest friend as a wedding present and he makes his Thankgiving turkey in it every year. It is somewhat of a pain to clean- I recommend easy off oven cleaner and some steel wool (of course, watch for loose wool threads). Also, the cylinder that holds the food is sealed, with the heat on the outside- so it's tricky to get a smokey flavor, if that's what you're after. (btw, there is a way to do- you put smallish wood chips on the inner edge of the cylinder and rely on the overall heat to burn them). Overall, though, it's fun to cook with and is especially great for cooking ribs. When you start it up, you have a ring of flames around the Orion- almost a spectacle at my parties. And you have the benefit of having a gadget that almost no one will have (I've yet to meet a fellow Orion owner.);;Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;One of my favorite BBQ toys;;ChulaVistan;;/gp/customer-reviews/R7BC99QYIOUBR/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000QJ2X0A

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Returns

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Top Amazon Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Steve Bingham - Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
Get one if you like moist, flavorful meat
Bought my first one locally in the spring of 2011. I estimate we've used it 3 times a month in the six and a half years we've had it, which comes out to roughly 225 uses, and it's finally beginning to show some deterioration where the smoke chamber attaches to the charcoal trough (stainless steel is corrosion resistant, not corrosion proof, and the resistance depends on the grade of stainless steel). I'm ordering another one so there's no downtime when my current one bites the bullet. It's hard to convey how well this smoker performs; chicken, beef, fish, and pork all come out moist with a great smoked flavor. Following the simple guidelines provided, we've never had anything not cooked to perfection. As the instructions suggest, resist the temptation to check on your meat during cooking; you will just let out steam and smoke and delay the cooking process. Set the timer on your phone and go back when it's done. As Ron Popeil says, just "set it and forget it". Edit: received my new smoker and noticed it is constructed differently (much better and stronger) in the area the old one was deteriorating.

1.0 out of 5 stars
By Loflin - Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2019
I can't believe I bought this thing.
I read the reviews and thought to myself that this was a different kind of grill that would be fun to use. The results? Tough meat that looked terrible. Ribs look like cadaver flesh. Pale, no crust, just awful. I used it twice and its been sitting in my car port ever since. One good thing: I live at the beach so everything rusts badly. I've had this grill for 3 years and it hasn't rusted a bit, so it is well-made. The only reason I haven't thrown it out is the fact that I spent so much money on it. I wouldn't even feel right about trying to sell it. I live in a small town and I suspect that if I suckered someone into buying it I would be subject to retribution. I hope this review helps. I think buyers of this grill should create a support group.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer - Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2016
incredible unbelieveable
I really like this smoker was recommended from a friend. I work out of tow all the time for months and this smoker is light weight portable and extremely fast. I have smoked 6 slabs of ribs in a hour and a half. I is so simple that my 18 year old oilier that has problems using the Micro wave in his hotel room. Now the foreman thinks he is a Gourmet chief. I have cook everything. between my Weber grills and this smoker. We no longer go out to eat at restaurants the crew throws in money and the Oilier takes my truck to the store and at lunch we feast better that everyone on thew spread. Unbelievable

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Cory5129 - Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2015
All have turned out wonderful. Friends and family have told me that the ...
There are many types of smokers out there and some will say this isn't a smoker at all. I'm here to tell you they're wrong. I've owned and used this smoker more times than I can count over the last six years. This is tired and true. I've smoked ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, turkey, ham and beef brisket. All have turned out wonderful. Friends and family have told me that the meat was the best they've eaten. Some complain that it uses just about a whole bag of charcoal and they're right, but think about it. All smokers use some type of fuel that you'll be paying for. The cost associated with a traditional offset smoker using coals and large pieces of wood will cost more than a $10 bag of Matchlight and a bag of woodchips that will last several months. A few tips to help you out. First, these Orion cookers can be hard to find in stock. By one as soon as you can! Second, remember the food is only as good as the recipe. Good BBQ rub and meat preparation is critical to any good tasting smoked meat. Third, for ribs you can smoke up to 6 racks at a time. Always place a cooking grate at the bottom level or on the drip pan when hanging ribs. If a rack happens to fall of the hanger, it will be safely caught on the grate and will cook just fine, instead of falling into the greasy drip pan. Don't sauce your ribs before smoking. Only use a dry rub while smoking. A little honey and mustard if desired is ok, just remember the ribs are hanging and sauce will run off. Wait until they are done. If you want that competition look, you can sauce, butter and brown sugar your ribs when they're done and then wrap them in tinfoil. Place them in your oven on 250 for 2 hours to caramelize the BBQ sauce and sugar. Finally, remove the wire handles on the drip pan and tinfoil the drip pan for easy clean up. I like to tinfoil the bottom of the smoker too, for ease of clean up. I have looked at other smokers out there and for the cost I don't think you can beat this cooker. You can’t put a price on time and I don't have 10 hours to babysit an offset smoker while cooking brisket. I can fire off the Orion and come back 5 hours later to a perfect brisket. There is no electric heating element to burn out like some other smokers. I looked at several brands and they all had complaints of heating elements burning out or constantly blown GFI outlets. One more thing to note. Complaints have been made that you don't get a red smoke ring with the Orion and for the most part they're right, but remember the smoke ring has nothing to do with taste. Without getting all technical, the smoke ring is caused by a chemical reaction in the meat and is affected by many variances such as how much myoglobin is left in the meat after slaughter, temperature spikes, cooking temperature, chemical reactions in the smoke, and humidity just to name a few. Don't be fooled that it's not smoked if there is no red ring. This is truly a set and forget type of cooker/smoker. I don’t write many reviews, but I felt it was time to write one for the Orion. This is one of the best household purchases I’ve ever made and haven’t regretted it for a second.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By ChulaVistan - Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
One of my favorite BBQ toys
Bobby Flay used to have a BBQ series where he had a huge assortment of grills and smokers. My dream is to have a backyard like that, but currently I have two smokers, a grill, a griddle and the Orion, which is in a class all by itself. The Orion Cooker is a fancier and better version of an upside down trash can bbq (google it for some fun videos). It's a metal chamber with up to three levels for food. You add charcoal to the ring around the cooker and to the top- this makes for some concentric heat waves that cook the food quickly..and because it's contained, the food is juicy as well. This Orion is my "go to" when I need to make ribs in a hurry- i've fit as many as 6 slabs of ribs and they are ready (and falling off the bone tender) in a little over an hour. I gave one to my oldest friend as a wedding present and he makes his Thankgiving turkey in it every year. It is somewhat of a pain to clean- I recommend easy off oven cleaner and some steel wool (of course, watch for loose wool threads). Also, the cylinder that holds the food is sealed, with the heat on the outside- so it's tricky to get a smokey flavor, if that's what you're after. (btw, there is a way to do- you put smallish wood chips on the inner edge of the cylinder and rely on the overall heat to burn them). Overall, though, it's fun to cook with and is especially great for cooking ribs. When you start it up, you have a ring of flames around the Orion- almost a spectacle at my parties. And you have the benefit of having a gadget that almost no one will have (I've yet to meet a fellow Orion owner.)

Recent Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Steve Bingham - Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
Get one if you like moist, flavorful meat
Bought my first one locally in the spring of 2011. I estimate we've used it 3 times a month in the six and a half years we've had it, which comes out to roughly 225 uses, and it's finally beginning to show some deterioration where the smoke chamber attaches to the charcoal trough (stainless steel is corrosion resistant, not corrosion proof, and the resistance depends on the grade of stainless steel). I'm ordering another one so there's no downtime when my current one bites the bullet. It's hard to convey how well this smoker performs; chicken, beef, fish, and pork all come out moist with a great smoked flavor. Following the simple guidelines provided, we've never had anything not cooked to perfection. As the instructions suggest, resist the temptation to check on your meat during cooking; you will just let out steam and smoke and delay the cooking process. Set the timer on your phone and go back when it's done. As Ron Popeil says, just "set it and forget it". Edit: received my new smoker and noticed it is constructed differently (much better and stronger) in the area the old one was deteriorating.

1.0 out of 5 stars
By Loflin - Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2019
I can't believe I bought this thing.
I read the reviews and thought to myself that this was a different kind of grill that would be fun to use. The results? Tough meat that looked terrible. Ribs look like cadaver flesh. Pale, no crust, just awful. I used it twice and its been sitting in my car port ever since. One good thing: I live at the beach so everything rusts badly. I've had this grill for 3 years and it hasn't rusted a bit, so it is well-made. The only reason I haven't thrown it out is the fact that I spent so much money on it. I wouldn't even feel right about trying to sell it. I live in a small town and I suspect that if I suckered someone into buying it I would be subject to retribution. I hope this review helps. I think buyers of this grill should create a support group.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer - Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2016
incredible unbelieveable
I really like this smoker was recommended from a friend. I work out of tow all the time for months and this smoker is light weight portable and extremely fast. I have smoked 6 slabs of ribs in a hour and a half. I is so simple that my 18 year old oilier that has problems using the Micro wave in his hotel room. Now the foreman thinks he is a Gourmet chief. I have cook everything. between my Weber grills and this smoker. We no longer go out to eat at restaurants the crew throws in money and the Oilier takes my truck to the store and at lunch we feast better that everyone on thew spread. Unbelievable

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Cory5129 - Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2015
All have turned out wonderful. Friends and family have told me that the ...
There are many types of smokers out there and some will say this isn't a smoker at all. I'm here to tell you they're wrong. I've owned and used this smoker more times than I can count over the last six years. This is tired and true. I've smoked ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, turkey, ham and beef brisket. All have turned out wonderful. Friends and family have told me that the meat was the best they've eaten. Some complain that it uses just about a whole bag of charcoal and they're right, but think about it. All smokers use some type of fuel that you'll be paying for. The cost associated with a traditional offset smoker using coals and large pieces of wood will cost more than a $10 bag of Matchlight and a bag of woodchips that will last several months. A few tips to help you out. First, these Orion cookers can be hard to find in stock. By one as soon as you can! Second, remember the food is only as good as the recipe. Good BBQ rub and meat preparation is critical to any good tasting smoked meat. Third, for ribs you can smoke up to 6 racks at a time. Always place a cooking grate at the bottom level or on the drip pan when hanging ribs. If a rack happens to fall of the hanger, it will be safely caught on the grate and will cook just fine, instead of falling into the greasy drip pan. Don't sauce your ribs before smoking. Only use a dry rub while smoking. A little honey and mustard if desired is ok, just remember the ribs are hanging and sauce will run off. Wait until they are done. If you want that competition look, you can sauce, butter and brown sugar your ribs when they're done and then wrap them in tinfoil. Place them in your oven on 250 for 2 hours to caramelize the BBQ sauce and sugar. Finally, remove the wire handles on the drip pan and tinfoil the drip pan for easy clean up. I like to tinfoil the bottom of the smoker too, for ease of clean up. I have looked at other smokers out there and for the cost I don't think you can beat this cooker. You can’t put a price on time and I don't have 10 hours to babysit an offset smoker while cooking brisket. I can fire off the Orion and come back 5 hours later to a perfect brisket. There is no electric heating element to burn out like some other smokers. I looked at several brands and they all had complaints of heating elements burning out or constantly blown GFI outlets. One more thing to note. Complaints have been made that you don't get a red smoke ring with the Orion and for the most part they're right, but remember the smoke ring has nothing to do with taste. Without getting all technical, the smoke ring is caused by a chemical reaction in the meat and is affected by many variances such as how much myoglobin is left in the meat after slaughter, temperature spikes, cooking temperature, chemical reactions in the smoke, and humidity just to name a few. Don't be fooled that it's not smoked if there is no red ring. This is truly a set and forget type of cooker/smoker. I don’t write many reviews, but I felt it was time to write one for the Orion. This is one of the best household purchases I’ve ever made and haven’t regretted it for a second.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By ChulaVistan - Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
One of my favorite BBQ toys
Bobby Flay used to have a BBQ series where he had a huge assortment of grills and smokers. My dream is to have a backyard like that, but currently I have two smokers, a grill, a griddle and the Orion, which is in a class all by itself. The Orion Cooker is a fancier and better version of an upside down trash can bbq (google it for some fun videos). It's a metal chamber with up to three levels for food. You add charcoal to the ring around the cooker and to the top- this makes for some concentric heat waves that cook the food quickly..and because it's contained, the food is juicy as well. This Orion is my "go to" when I need to make ribs in a hurry- i've fit as many as 6 slabs of ribs and they are ready (and falling off the bone tender) in a little over an hour. I gave one to my oldest friend as a wedding present and he makes his Thankgiving turkey in it every year. It is somewhat of a pain to clean- I recommend easy off oven cleaner and some steel wool (of course, watch for loose wool threads). Also, the cylinder that holds the food is sealed, with the heat on the outside- so it's tricky to get a smokey flavor, if that's what you're after. (btw, there is a way to do- you put smallish wood chips on the inner edge of the cylinder and rely on the overall heat to burn them). Overall, though, it's fun to cook with and is especially great for cooking ribs. When you start it up, you have a ring of flames around the Orion- almost a spectacle at my parties. And you have the benefit of having a gadget that almost no one will have (I've yet to meet a fellow Orion owner.)