Pit Boss Pro 4 Series Vertical Pellet Smoker Assembly

Pit Boss Pro 4 Series Finished

Recently I decided to purchase the Pit Boss Pro 4 Series Vertical Pellet Smoker. I have been out of the smoker world for quite some time now, but have been itching to get back into it for a while. This is all fed by my obsession with good BBQ.

For many years I owned the Char-Griller Smokin Pro. This was a horizontal smoker that had a side fire box. I enjoyed the BBQ that the smoker produced but I never really cared for all the effort that was required to maintain the temperature in the smoker. It was a lot of work stoking the fire and constantly starting new charcoal.

A few friends had been telling me about the new electric smokers out now days and how they make great BBQ with half the effort. So I started researching electric smokers and landed on pellet smokers rather quickly. They seemed to be pretty easy to run and required very little work to keep them going for hours at a time.

After weeks of research I picked the Pit Boss Vertical Pellet Smoker and purchased it from Lowe’s. I wanted to get it locally and didn’t want to have it delivered and run the risk of it getting damaged during shipping. Plus I wanted to get it right away and go home and start smoking.

Pit Boss Pro Series

Above is what the Pit Boss Vertical Smoker looks like in the box. The box is rather large and weights around 112 pounds so get some assistance when moving it around.

Pit Boss Unboxing

It is recommenced to open the box with the back of the smoker facing down. Then you will be able to open the smoker door and remove all of the parts from the inside of the smoker housing.

Pit Boss Bottom Legs

First you are going to want to remove the door so it doesn’t get damaged. Once you have removed the door you will now flip it upside down and begin assembling the bottom of the unit. This includes the legs, support panels, support bar, grease tube and tray.

Pit Boss Upright Assembled

Once the bottom of the unit is assembled you will need to flip it over and have it stand on its legs. From there you can complete the installation by adding on the back handle, chimney, and hopper door handle. Then install the cooking components including the flame tamer, water pan and the cooking grids.

Pit Boss Pro 4 Series Finished

I must say the Pit Boss Vertical Smoker looks really nice much more attractive than the old horizontal smoker I used to have. More articles to follow on how to start up and run the Smoker and of course some recipes.

Rice Cooker – Cuisinart CRC-800 8-Cup Rice Cooker

For several years, I have tried to make good rice, but failed miserably almost every time.  I always wondered how to make better rice and if it was ever possible for me to do.  I tried the conventional approach of making it in either a skillet or in a pot with a lid.  A few years back, I put the Cuisinart CRC-800 8-Cup Rice Cooker on our wedding registry.  Fortunately, for my new wife and me, a good friend of ours purchased it for our wedding present.  Boy what a great present it has been.  Now I enjoy making rice with this no hassle rice cooker.

After taking the rice cooker out of the box, I must say, I wasn’t to impressed with it.  It didn’t seem to great a first site.  I was expecting more buttons to play with. It only had one switch to push down and a couple of lights.  I am a bit of a technology geek, so I am used to having tons of the settings to play with.  I was searching all over the place for an on/off button or some other settings.  Turns out, you don’t need anything else with this rice cooker, just one switch.  It is very simple!  You just plug it in, add your rice and water, and push down the switch You will see a cooking light come on.  After about 15 or 20 minutes, I haven’t actually timed it yet the switch pops up and the warm light turns on.  Just like that, your rice is done!  You just have to wait 5 to 10 minutes and you will be enjoying perfect rice with your meal.  How great is that?  Now I make rice on a weekly basis instead of attempting to make it a few times a year.

This rice cooker is also able to steam food as well.  I have only used that feature once though.  I steamed some chicken and made rice at the same time.  They both came out pretty good.  I am mainly interested in cooking rice in this.  So I would recommend if you are interested in only making rice to go with a different model and perhaps it would be a bit cheaper.

In conclusion I would definitely purchase this rice cooker.  It does exactly what it is supposed to do.  Make excellent rice each and every time.  It takes me a minute or two to make tasty rice and the clean up is equally easy with the nonstick coating on the cooking pot.  So if you enjoy eatting rice but don’t know how to make it to well this is the rice cooker for you.

Click here to purchase the Cuisinart CRC-800 8-Cup Rice Cooker

Char-Griller Smokin Pro – Assembly

Well yesterday was finally the day to put together the smoker, I got for Christmas!  The weather was perfect outside and it seemed like a great idea to get outside and assemble the smoker out on the back patio.  It was a nice sunny day and the temperature was just right.  One of the perks to living in Florida during the winter time.

Char-Griller Smokin Pro

It wasn’t to difficult to assemble the grill it took me approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.  The hardest part was probably putting on the Side Fire Box.  The directions call for you to get out the hammer and knock out a portion of the side of the grill.  That gave me some problems.  I was a bit affraid of damaging the grill.  Overall the directions were not extremely detailed and I would imagine if they were a bit more detailed I could of finished it a little bit quicker.

Take a look below at some of the pictures of the assembly of the Char-Griller Smokin Pro!!!

Update: check out the Smoked Baby Back Ribs recipe I did with the Smokin Pro!

Here is what the contents of the boxes looks like.  Both boxes are fairly heavy so get assistance when carrying them.
Here it is with the basic structure put together.
Here is what the assembled grill part looks like.  You can purchase just the grill part and use as just a normal charcoal grill.  But we want to Smoke some ribs so next up is the Side Fire Box!
And here is what it looks like with the side fire box attached to the main grill.  Now we have a Smoker!!!
Here is what the finished smoker looks like with both hoods open.
And here is what it looks like closed.  I must say it is a nice looking grill.  Now this weekend we will see how well it cooks.

Update: check out the Smoked Baby Back Ribs recipe I did with the Smokin Pro!

You can check out and buy the Char-Griller Smokin Pro at Amazon.com.

Char-Griller Smokin’ Pro Charcoal Grill