The Orion Cooker is as close to a set and forget it cooker as there is!
I love to cook out. Whether that be grilling, cooking a stew over a open fire, or doing a little smoking. I have to admit though, I do not have much experience with smoking. Mostly what I have done in the past has been on a Weber kettle grill. I came across The Orion cooker and was very intrigued by it. After reading up on it, I found it was perfect for someone like me with little smoking experience. This cooker is as close to a set and forget it method as there is.
When it arrived, I was instantly impressed with the build.
I reached out to The Orion Cooker company and they sent me a unit to test out for my honest review. When it arrived, I was instantly impressed with the build. I quickly got it all put together and was chomping at the bits to test it out. The unit is made of 100% stainless steel so you never have to worry about it rusting. This thing should out last me. Even the hardware is stainless steel. It comes with a few simple things that you have to assemble. Once that is done, you are ready to cook. You can watch our Un-boxing and assembly video below.
The Orion cooker can be used similar to a oil-less turkey fryer or a smoker.
Now is time for what we both are waiting for, how does it work and how easy is it to use? Well The Orion cooker can be used similar to a oil-less turkey fryer or a smoker. The main principle it works on is convection cooking. The chamber is completely sealed to the outside. No air gets in nor out. You add charcoal to the outer lower ring and to the top. The company recommends just plain ole match light charcoal or using lighter fluid for this. Since the charcoal does not touch the inside, there is no worry about any after taste from the fluid. If you want to smoke your food, you simply add some soaked wood chips to the inside next to the drip pan.
Light it, set your timer, and then walk away. It is really that simple.
Once you have placed your food on the inside and closed the lid, you are ready to light it. Light it, set your timer, and then walk away. It is really that simple. Make sure to leave the lid on for the entire time that book recommends. Opening the lid drastically drops the temperature and the pressure inside. That will affect the cooking times.
I choose to do a chicken and one rack of ribs. Both had a cooking time of 1 hour and 10 mins. I let it go for that amount of time then opened the lid to check the temperature with a instant read thermometer. They were both spot on. My chicken came out moist, tender, with a nice smokey flavor. The ribs were tender but not completely fall of the bone. They did seem like they steamed a bit but I contribute that to having the chicken in the cooking chamber at the same time. I brined the chicken and imagine it gave off a lot of steam. Next time I will cook them separately and see how they turn out.
We would like to hear from you! Have you ever tried out The Orion Cooker? If so what did you think of it? If you have not tried it does it look like something you would like? Please leave us a comment below. Also, Check out our Part 2 video review below where we show you how to use the Orion Cooker.