Understanding Fuel Types
All fires need good air flow. Master this and you master temperature control. Start with the best quality fuel you can afford as this is what gives your food the additional flavour. Just like pairing a good wine with the correct food, your fuel should also compliment your meat. The Ozpig Oven Smoker is extremely versatile and can use three different types of fuel. These types of fuel can be used for all styles of cooking, however some will give better results. For example, a timber fire produces a much higher heat for hot and fast cooking such as pizzas or searing a steak, whereas it will require more work to keep a low fire burning for the length of time required to cook a brisket.
Briquettes work well as they are uniform in size and maintain a very consistent temperature and burn time. This can be replicated each time you cook, as the beads burn for quite a long time. A disadvantage is they don't give off a whole lot of flavour or smoke to the food. The solution is to add chunks of smoking timber to the beads, which slowly smoulder and produce a flavourful smoke. Choose a wood that enhances and compliments the food you are cooking. You can find the Ozpig Smoking Guide on the Choosing Smoke page contained in this guide.
Is a great alternative to briquettes and also has its advantages and disadvantages. Charcoal, unlike briquettes, can vary greatly in size and burn times. Look for a good quality hardwood charcoal with large fist sized chunks. As charcoal is 100% timber it gives much more heat, smoke and flavour than briquettes but generally doesn't burn for as long. Similar to briquettes, adding chunks of smoking timber will also give your food that delicious smoky flavour and aroma. You can however add smoking chunks to your charcoal cook to enhance and increase the smoker flavour.
Is great for wood fired pizza, reverse searing steak, perfect pork crackling and for higher roasting temps. It gives great flavour and allows quick and higher temperature changes. The downside is it's more work to keep the fire burning at the right level for long, so this more or less rules low 'n' slow cooks out of the equation. Different types of timber will give your food subtle flavour differences. Timbers such as ironbark and hickory are strong flavoured timbers, best for red meats such as beef. More subtle timbers like pecan, apple and citrus are perfect for white meats like pork and chicken. You can also use a mix of different timbers to create different flavours and aromas.
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BUILT TOUGH TO WITHSTAND AUSSIE CONDITIONSThe Ozpig is born and bred in Australia and we know just how tough the conditions can be. With this knowledge behind us we’ve developed a 3 year limited structural warranty to give you piece of mind when it comes to buying your Ozpig. Unlike other cheaper products on the market only offering a 1 year warranty, we stand behind our product and know with the right care, your Ozpig will last as long you. Buy with Ozpig knowing you’re covered.
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The Ozpig is a clever Aussie invention created by a family with a love of the great outdoors. Hearty appetites and a passion for travel inspired the Shepherd family to develop a unique, multipurpose cooker that offers convenience and endless cooking options.
What our customers say
Exactly what I was looking for- I was looking for something wood-fired and portable that I could take anywhere to boil water and cook a meal on and that could also be my home BBQ. The Pig is simpler and safer than a camp fire and a great back-up at home if everything goes down. I’ve only done BBQs so far and I’m enjoying the added wood-smoke taste. Looking forward to cooking more sophisticated meals down the track.
Series 2 - a genuine belter!Series 2 - a genuine belter! Loving my series 2! During my "burning in" tests it really does belt out some heat, one of the primary reasons for the purchase. Guaging heat, I've cooked a couple of hamburgers and some stove top coffee all with great success. My only suggestion is when you've finally decided to treat yourself to a piggy, super treat yourself and get as many of the accessories as you want at the same time. You'll want to use em and I guarantee you'll go back and buy them anyway. No sell, thats a fact, so go the full hog! (thats a pun) Great service, fast post and I'm genuinely looking forward to the colder weather kicking in.
Great bit of kitWe have the ozpig series 2 under a patio. Only just bought the house and the pig so we haven't got it in a specific final spot just yet. But having these extra offset and pieces helps keep smell and smoke (not that there is much using nice ironbark) definitely recommend this kit for use under a patio. Plus fast and easy postage made buying them easy as. 5 Stars
Big pig - loving itWe love our big pig . It’s so beautiful to sit around having the large opening and we are loving the smoker having started making beef jerky . We had a baby pig but this one is hands down the best