What is the Wrap?

Texas Crutch is the term given to the technique of wrapping protein mid cook in aluminium foil or peach paper (pink butchers paper). There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to be gained from wrapping meat during the cook.


Wrapping can trap in heat which can help speed up the cooking process, allowing your meat to power through the stall, shortening your overall cooking time. Wrapping can give you a more tender, melt in the mouth end product by trapping in the moisture, keeping the protein juicy. You can use wrapping as a method to control how much smoke is imparted into the meat. Adding some liquid to your wrap: such as beef stock, fruit juice, even beer or wine can allow you to fine tune the flavours for the desired end result.


Wrapping can effect the bark and stop it becoming that dark crispy holy grail all pit masters strive for. Texture can be affected by steam, making the protein mushy and giving it a pot roast type taste.


It is important to allow your meat plenty of time to take on the delicious smoke flavour and also develop the rich dark bark before wrapping. As a guide you should look to smoke unwrapped for two thirds of the total cooking time. Wrap tightly preventing any pockets of air being trapped in which will allow steaming to take effect. Double layers of foil is handy to use when wrapping bone-in proteins such as ribs or shoulders to avoid the foil being punctured. Peach paper is also a great option for wrapping meats as it allows the meat to breathe therefore creating less steam and building a better bark.



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Ozpig stoves are tailor made for the outdoors. We created the Ozpig with a passion for the outdoors and a love for outdoor cooking and heating. With our unique open door, open top design, we have created outdoor stoves that give you flexibility in cooking while maximizing heat for your outdoor space.


We're excited you're joining us on this journey and we want to provide you with expert guidance, tips and tricks. Here at the Ozpig Oven Smoker Beginners Guide, you'll find everything from temperature and time charts, to understanding different types of fuel and how they work. We're glad you're here, simply click the tiles below to get started!


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.

An Aussie Story

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.

Great bit of kit

We 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 it

We 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

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.

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.