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Fish 101

Learn how to cook fish in the Barrel House Cooker using a few different methods.


Items Needed

  • Seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Meat Internal Temp: About 140°F
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It is important to follow the easy lighting instructions. When the cooker is lit correctly, it operates at the correct temperature for the entire cook.

We highly recommend the use of a digital instant read thermometer, such as the Javelin Instant Read Thermometer, to check the internal temp of food for doneness. This quickly ensures perfectly cooked food to your preferred level of doneness (e.g. rare vs. well done).

Fish Cooking

Fish cooking in the Barrel House Cooker.

  1. If using the optional Cedar Plank, soak the plank in clean water for about an hour before cooking.
  2. Lightly coat fish with olive oil and season with your favorite seasoning.
  3. Once the cooker is lit according to instructions, place a grate on the middle level of the cooker.
    1. If cooking directly on grates, you will want to use a piece of foil under the fish to prevent it from falling through the grates once fish becomes flaky.
    2. You can also use the Cedar Plank on top of a grate.
    3. If you’re wanting to cook larger, whole fish, another option is to place the fish in a grill basket like this one from Weber and then hang the basket in the cooker.
    Close the lid.
  4. Cooking Temperature: When properly started, the temperature inside the barrel will be 275-315°F; however, the thermometer will typically read between 220-260°F. The lid thermometer shows a lower temperature than where the food is cooking because it is affected by the exhaust.
  5. Let it cook 30-45 minutes before checking the internal temp. It should be about 140°F.
  6. Remove the fish from the cooker when done, then prepare it for serving.
  7. You're now ready to enjoy perfectly cooked fish!

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