Around September of last year I started collecting and researching information on trailer mounted barbecue cookers. When I started the process, it was amazing to see how many makes and models are really available out there! Let the search and fun begin!
Klose, Lang, Jedmaster, Good-One, Southern Pride, Ole Hickory, Bushrod’s, Belson, Fast Eddy’s, Kingfisher, Kooker, and Backwoods just to name a few.
After filtering through many manufacturers, I narrowed the field to a couple of top contenders, which wasn’t easy to do given the quality and reputation of so many of them. There was one in particular, however, that stood out from a cost/value standpoint; the model #84 from Lang Manufacturing.
In December I spoke with Ben Lang, the owner, and I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was to work with him. Then, in late April, the BBQ’n Fools made the decision to place the order! As a result of conversations with Ben and discussions from other owners of the model #84, we ordered it with a couple of modifications, such as the addition of 4 thermometers and an extended neck on the trailer. Even with the modifications, it was only a couple of weeks after placing the order that we were in possession of our new pit!
We ordered the extended neck, as you can see from the photos, so that we could add a grill to the front of the unit. I had spent another bit of time researching what type of grill to place there, and after that was decided, I designed and built a system so that it would retract during transport and could be pulled out for use. Already, it’s proven quite useful.
Here is a list of what we have done with it so far:
May 17th – Received the cooker
May 18th – Seasoned the cooker
May 19th – Cooked for 40 at a house warming party
May 26th – Cooked for an estimated 600 at an Albertsons event
June 2nd – Competition in Imperial Beach, 1st Place Chicken, and 5th Place Seafood
June 3rd – Cooked for 60 at an anniversary party
June 9th – Competition in Long Beach
July 7th – Cooked for an estimated 750 at an Albertsons event
July 14th – Cooked for 40 at a street party
For the record, we purchased this pit so we could provide “on-site” cooking for parties and events. If you have an occasion coming up where you’d like that extra special touch of championship barbecue, give us a call: (714) 569-1310 (Southern California area.)