Barrel, or ugly drum cooking as it’s lovingly referred to in the US , has been around for a very long time. In fact braaing and cooking food in a barrel or drum has been around much longer than most fancy braai equipment.
Even right here in South Africa we have seen mielies being smoked and grilled on the roadside or braai enthusiasts creating DIY braais and smokers from old petrol barrels.
These days, barrel or drum cooking has grown even more in popularity with added modern features and functionality than just a bare “drum”. So much so in fact, that it’s now as much a part of a normal US BBQ lover’s cooking arsenal as the kettle grill became when first introduced in 1951. And the reasons behind it is simple.