Hanging meat in an enclosed barrel is growing in popularity due to its ease-of-use and unique flavor results. In fact, this cooking method has captured the attention of BBQ professionals who are winning competitions. As the demand for barrel smokers increase and more options make their way to the market, we hope to help clarify some of the product differences. Of course one could build their own barrel smoker — or ugly drum smoker as they are often called — but the quality and durability may not compare to some of the finished products available on the market. Plus, you'd have to figure out the optimal balance of air intake and exhaust in relation to the barrel size, and coal burn rate to achieve perfect results. That said, the more common option will be purchasing a complete, ready-to-use product. Below are some of the popular out-of-the box configurations to consider and how Barrel House stands out among them.