The Orion Smoker/Cooker Saves Dinner
Have you ever been in a situation where you have to cook a meal for a large group of people and had little or no warning and very little time to cook it? Or are you going on a hunting or fishing trip with your buddies and it is your turn to cook dinner that evening for everyone? You want to cook something that everyone will like and have plenty of it. What to do? If so, then you may find some merit to this article.
To begin with I have been in both these situations. A while back my wife and I got a call from my sister to say she and some friends were passing through our area on their way back home from a church outing and she wanted to stop by and see us. We said we would love to see her and her friends, which turned out to be about 10 to 15 people in all, who were coming in at about dinner time.
“Hi sis,--you are,--yes, we would love to see you. When will you get in here? Oh-about an hour and a half from now—ah, have you had dinner? Nooo, we can put something together for everyone. See you then—Bye.”
In this case no time to do much planning, shopping or cooking. We punted and made spaghetti with meat balls. I ran to the store for enough noodles and salad fixings to feed every one, while the wife started the sauté. This worked out for us and dinner was served about two hectic hours later.
When it was my turn to cook dinner for my hunting group on our lease in Texas, I did a purity good job with the dinner that I started cooking just after lunch when everyone else was taking a nap before going out to hunt again that evening. When they left, I was still cooking dinner, which I served that evening when they got back from the evening hunt.
I was just a little frustrated knowing that I had to give up that evening’s hunt to pull my share of the trips KP, cooking the evening’s meal on one of only five days we were out in Texas. This frustration drove me look in to ways to speed the cooking time, while providing plenty of good food and getting me out the kitchen and into the woods looking for Mr. Buck.
I found several short cuts then that save me from the situation my sister presented me with and many an hours of hunting in the future. I continue to look for the faster and easier ways to do it. One of the things I recently found is the Orion Smoker/Cooker, which is a Smoker, as well as a Convection cooker. The time it took to fix the evening meal after I had gotten back from hunting that evening was fast and really wowed my buddies. Dinner was served about the time they had finished cleaning that evenings deer, about an hour and a half. The Orion is something that can save one a lot time in a pinch and products mouth watering meals.
The Orion Smoker/Cooker http://www.basspro.com/Orion-Charcoal-Cooker/product/65493/. provides that slow Smoking/Bar-B-Q-ing results in a fraction of the time. It’s a simple 3 step process that really works with wowing results.
- Load the cooker with the food to be cooked and place the charcoal in the top and bottom rings.
- Light the charcoal and start the timing as recommended by the manufacture for the food being cooked.
- Remove the food from the cooker at the end of the recommend time and eat. Simple as 1, 2, 3.
For example: Cooking 6 racks of ribs in an hour and fifteen minutes.
Prepare the ribs with your favorite dry rib rub, place zip-lock bag and allow marinating overnight in the frig. Then place the ribs in the cooker on the hangers as recommended by the manufacture. Place the top on the cooker and load the charcoal rings with charcoal. Light both rings of charcoal starting with the top ring and then moving down to the lower ring. Start the cooking time when the top ring of charcoal is being lite and No peeking after that. Messes up the cooking timing. When the hour and fifteen minutes are up, remove the top of the cooker carefully using a pair of heat resistant gloves (be very careful, the cooker is very hot and it will get you if you are not paying attention to what you are doing). If you want to cook lesser amount of ribs. Say only 3 racks of ribs, the time changes to about an hour of cooking time.
Some people like them cooked a little longer than that (ribs falling off the bone) and cook them for about an hour and a half for 6 racks of ribs. I found this made the ribs difficult to remove from the cooker because they were literally fell apart. Either way, served with garlic bread, some good creamy coleslaw, baked beans and my favorite BBQ dipping sauté, these were some of the best ribs I have had.
A couple of tips for you. I found the self lighting charcoal tends to work best with the Orion. If you want to use smoking chips, they can go in the bottom on the out side of the water pan. You can also go on line for more cooking recipes at the Orion cooker’s web pages where many of their patrons post their comments and receipts at http://www.theorioncooker.com/Community/oc.php.
Find other cooking options on the Bass Pro Cookware Blog Page
Happy trails and good eats to you and yours.
Wes. P--Camping dept.