Classic Pit Barrel Cooker Vs Big Green Egg

If you’re ready to throw out that old, rusty grill, why not find something that lasts longer and works better? Meat aficionados will love the Classic Pit Barrel Cooker or the Big Green Egg.

These versatile grills not only grill meat, but also smoke it! You can even bake some of your dinners in these gills.

Both of these grills have a lot to love, but one is distinctly better than the other. Which should you invest in? Read on to find out!

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Classic Pit Barrel Cooker
MaterialCeramicSteel
LidKettle-style lift lidSteel top with handle
OpeningTop halfTop hole
SizeMany sizes18.5 inches
CoatingBaked-on glazePorcelain
UseGrilling, smoking, bakingGrilling and smoking
AccessoriesGridHooks, grill
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Material

Let’s start with one of the major differences between these two products. First, we’ll take a look at the Classic Pit Barrel Cooker. This grill is made in the historic fashion—out of a steel drum. The steel holds head very well, and you can retain the same heat for up to about seven hours in this grill.

You still see a lot of steel drum grills in the Caribbean and other places where people are more apt to make something than buy it. However, the Pit Barrel Cooker has some extra features that old-fashioned steel barrel cookers don’t have.

For one thing, this grill has a vent at the bottom. You can slide this vent open to control the constant temperature of your cooking environment. The higher the temperature, the smaller the openings. You can set your temperature, leave your meat to cook, and just walk away.

The Big Green Egg, on the other hand, is made of porcelain. This material also has an incredibly high heat retention ability. However, this is controlled by two vents, not one. One perk to the Big Green Egg is that it has a temperature gauge, so you’ll know exactly how hot it is inside the egg.

Another benefit to the Egg is that it’s safer than the Pit Barrel Cooker. The double-walled ceramic insulation means that while the inside of the grill is 750 degrees Fahrenheit, the outside will still be relatively cool. So you won’t have to worry about your kids getting hurt when the Egg is closed.

Finish

Both of these cookers have a coating. The Pit Barrel Cooker has a porcelain coating that looks nice and helps regulate the temperature. The Big Green Egg has a signature green glaze. The glaze is baked on and lasts just about forever.

Lid

The Pit Barrel Cooker and the Big Green Egg have different lid types. Since the Pit Barrel is cylindrical and the Egg is, well, an egg, this can be expected. The Pit Barrel Cooker has a flat lid with a handle that covers the top of the drum. However, the Big Green Egg has a kettle-style top that opens with hinges.

Size

The Pit Barrel Cooker is made of a 30 gallon drum, so it’s pretty tall and wide around.

The Big Green Egg comes in a lot of sizes, and they get more expensive as they get bigger. You can set most of the Big Green Eggs on the ground like you can the Pit Barrel Cooker, but most of them are too short to tend comfortably while standing. However, you can buy a specially-designed table for these grills.

Use

The great thing about the Big Green Egg and the Pit Barrel Cooker is that they are both versatile grills with multiple uses.

The Pit Barrel Cooker is a smoker/grill hybrid. It comes with both smoking racks and a grill insert so that you can do both! You can fit a whole turkey in there, or smoke eight racks of ribs at a time.

The Big Green Egg is designed to grill, bake, and smoke. You can fit an entire chicken in the Egg, or even cook a pizza. The Big Green Egg website has a feature on the Michelin Star chefs who cook with the Big Green Egg. They make some fantastic dishes using this cooker!

Additionally, the Big Green Egg is designed to cook in any weather. It could be snowing in Saskatchewan, and you would still be able to grill some steaks.

Accessories

Although the Big Green Egg wins out in a lot of categories, there’s one thing the Pit Barrel Cooker offers than the Egg doesn’t: a lot of included accessories. When you buy the Big Green Egg, you’ll get the cooker and a grill rack.

When you buy the Pit Cooker, however, you’ll get two rods and eight meat hooks, plus a grill insert and hook removers. Some packages even include seasonings!

Of course, both cookers have accessories you can buy. The Pit Barrel Cooker offers pit gloves, an ash catcher, extra hooks, and a handy turkey hanger.

The Big Green Egg has a line of items including an essential grill cover, a place setter for cooking chicken, a pizza plate, and more.

Price

Finally, let’s talk money. If you check the prices of the Egg and the Pit Barrel, you’ll find that the Big Green Egg is significantly more expensive. It does have a lot more cool features, but you’ll be paying about four times as much. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it.

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Verdict

Although these seem pretty similar at first glance, these are really very different cookers. For one thing, they give totally different flavors.

You can’t get that pit-cooked taste in a ceramic oven.For another, the price difference sets them in entirely different categories.

As far as features and uses go, the Big Green Egg definitely wins. If I had to pick one, I’d pick this. There’s something I like about the idea of a rustic 30-gallon drum smoker, but user-friendliness and special features win every time. After all, it’s about getting the best food—and you’re guaranteed to get that with the Big Green Egg.

Breana
 

Chief editor here at Sky-Liners, Breana is a former expat and outdoor enthusiast who grew up on camping, hunting, and hiking. If she could live anywhere, it would be a tree fort in the woods. For now, she's surviving on weekly hiking trips and monthly mountain breaks. You can read more about Breana's adventures on her blog at 3rdCultureWife.

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