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  1. I have been using Kamados and a Weber Smokey mountain for years with great results. Having heard that the pit barrel does an awesome job on ribs and poultry, I decided to add one to the cooker inventory. Today, I decided to put all three cookers in a head to head test to see which one would win. Most important factor was taste, but I considered moisture, texture, and ease of fire management to be important as well. All ribs were prepped the same way. The kamado: As we would expect, the Kamado is wonderful. It gives really great results and is super easy to manage temps. Put the ribs on, walk away for a few hours, wrap for another hour, and they are pretty much done. Weber Smokey mountain: I have never really enjoyed cooking on my wsm. Maybe my kamados spoiled me, but my wsm is never consistent. Some days it runs reallly hot, some days it runs really cool. Today it ran very cool. It didn’t want to get above 160 inside the cook chamber. I had to really work at it to get it just to 225. By then I had lots of billowing white smoke, and wouldn’t hold temps for very long before it would drop again. I was able to keep it within 15 degrees, but it took a lot of work. I also have tried hanging food in the wsm like a pit barrel using the gateway drum rack. Ive never enjoyed the food cooked like this. The flavor was a bit bitter. Ive tried multiple ways with different techniques, but it was never really a pleasant taste. Pit barrel cooker: I would say it is as easy as the Kamado. It’s designed to be management free. Not a whole lot to say about it. Dump your coals, hang your meat and walk away. It’s pretty much idiot proof (I like that). It does tend to cook faster than the kamados or wsm. Results: 3rd place: WSM. Taste was good. Not as much bark as the other two. Flavor profile wasn’t as deep. Excellent moisture. Took the longest to cook. 2nd place: Kamado. Ol’ reliable delivered again. Juicy, and flavorful. 1st place: pit barrel cooker. I was surprised. Best bark. Easiest cook. The flavor profile was both deeper and refined. Best bite through. Best pullback. Not a juicy as the other two but still plenty moist. Pics of of the winner and when I pulled them to wrap. The winner: Kamado ribs ready to wrap Wsm ribs ready to wrap Pit barrel ribs ribs ready to wrap
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