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9 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Cook in a Pit Barrel Cooker (Recipes)

A Pit Barrel Cooker will cook your breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Here are 9 things you didn’t know you can cook on the PBC, from Smoked Bourbon Caramel Pecans to Boozy Pineapple. Which of these will you have for breakfast?

9 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Cook In the PBC

This article was originally published in July 2020 and revamped in July 2021

1. Cilantro Lime Chicken Nachos With Mango Salsa

Recipe and photo by Graham Russel @cookingwithcarrrl – via Pit Barrel Cooker

I never thought of cooking nachos on a PBC but it’s a great idea. These cilantro lime chicken nachos sound absolutely delicious, with the chicken cooked in your Pit Barrel Cooker.

Includes instructions for mango salsa to go with it, and cilantro pesto. Click for the full recipe.

2. Smoked Bourbon Caramel Pecans

By Katie Wiley @thekitchenwild via Pit Barrel Cooker

Yum. What more can I say. Pecans, bourbon, brown sugar, cinnamon… A match made in heaven! Click for the full recipe.

Whole Fish in the Pit Barrel Cooker

Yep, you can easily cook a whole fish (or two) in your Pit Barrel Cooker. Fancy a smoked whole rainbow trout? Whole seabass? It’s all possible in your PBC!

3. Whole Rainbow Trout

By Marc Conlan @McGourmandize via Pit Barrel Cooker

It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare this recipe and 20 minutes to cook.  It’s seasoned with lemon, fennel, parsley, garlic and some other ingredients. Feeds 6 people. Click for the full recipe.

4. Whole Sea Bass

By Marc Conlan @McGourmandize via Pit Barrel Cooker

This Sea Bass is stuffed with thyme, lemongrass, lemon slices, salt, and pepper. Serve it with a nice side salad of baby spinach, tomato, and more. Click for the full recipe.

5. Shepherd’s Pie

By Owen Quirk @aweebitquirkybbq via Pit Barrel Cooker. Our featured image is of this shepherd’s pie by Owen Quirk also.

Yes, shepherd’s pie in your PBC!

The potato mash is made as usual, with butter, half & half, and egg yolk. The meat is cooked in your Pit Barel Cooker for extra flavor. Once all the ingredients are assembled, you finish it off in the PBC. Click for the full recipe.

6. Boozy Pineapple

By Pit Barrel Cooker Co.

Hmm, this may well be the best way of cooking pineapple that I’ve ever seen.

It only takes 10 minutes to cook so it’s perfect for dessert, after your whole rainbow treat or chicken nachos.  You’ll need a whole pineapple for this recipe, dark rum, coconut rum, and vanilla ice cream to serve. Click for the full recipe.

7. Honey Orange Bourbon Double Smoked Ham

By Owen Quirk @aweebitquirkybbq via Pit Barrel Cooker

How’s that for a crowd pleaser! You probably knew you can cook a smoked ham in a Pit Barrel Cooker, but did you know it could look this good?

The glaze is a marvel with orange marmalade, honey, brown sugar, and bourbon. Click for the full recipe. 

8. Pit Barrel Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni-Pizza_Kristopher Garst
By Kristopher Garst via Pit Barrel Cooker

The good old staple for many families – pizza night! No need for a pizza oven, cook them straight on your Pit Barrel Cooker!

This is a pepperoni pizza recipe, but you can find many more pizza recipes here.

9. Deviled Eggs

By Owen Quirk @aweequirkybbq via Pit Barrel Cooker

And last but not least, you have your party food sorted with these Pit Barrel Deviled Eggs. Not just any old deviled eggs either, Keto Smoked Cajun Deviled Eggs, indeed!

A mixture of mayo, butter, mustard, hot sauce, and more inside. A shrimp on top and smoked for 20 minutes. Finish with cajun seasoning and sausage slices – yum! Click for the full recipe.

There really isn’t a recipe you can’t cook in your Pit Barrel Cooker. What’s your favorite out of these ones, or a different one you like to cook in a barrel cooker?


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