Orion Original Cooker: Perfect for Your Holiday Turkey

Reader Contribution by Hank Will and Editor-In-Chief
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<p>When the folks at&nbsp;<a title=”Orion Outdoors” href=”http://orionoutdoors.com/products/” target=”_blank”>Orion Outdoors</a>&nbsp;sent one of their Original Cookers 18 months ago, I was excited because it was billed as a smoker. When it comes to cooking meat, I love the ritual that surrounds smoking. Until the Orion Outdoor Cooker arrived, I didn&rsquo;t smoke food as often as I wanted to for the simple reason that it was an all-day (afternoon anyway) affair with tending the apple wood fire and all.</p>
<p>The first time I fired up the Orion Original Cooker, I was at work &hellip; it was the day before Independence Day in 2007. I had applied a rub to the 12-pound turkey the night before. I was a little skeptical at the instructions that called for a mere 7 minutes per pound of bird &hellip; timing from the moment a match was put to the charcoal. I let that turkey go for about 90 minutes, and it was done and delicious.</p>
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<p>We have used the Orion Original Cooker many times at home and at work. Kate was in the mood for a smoked organic chicken last weekend, so we fired up the Orion in the wintry blast and weren&rsquo;t disappointed. The Orion is part smoker, part steamer and part convection oven. It is just about foolproof &hellip; although I managed to get a brisket a bit drier than I wanted last summer when I forgot to pull it off in the prescribed time. It was perfectly edible after an hour of extra smoke, but not an award winner.</p>
<p>I am not ready to give up my double-chamber traditional wood-fire smoker by any means. There just isn&rsquo;t any better way to relax, than with friends, icy beverages and a long summer afternoon tending the smoker. However, as an outdoor cooking enthusiast, I will always have an Orion Cooker on hand for those days when I want the delicious flavor and texture of smoked pork shoulder, and I want to get a few chores done around the farm.</p>
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<a href=”http://www.grit.com/biographies/oscar-h-will” target=_self>Hank Will</a>
<em> raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper’s Farmer magazines. Connect with him on </em>
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