- Peerless temperature consistency
- Gives excellent smoky flavor thanks to the charcoal
- Surprisingly spacious despite compact design
Some models come with a faulty thermometer, and the smoker is not easy to move thanks to disconnected design.
Performance: This may look like a small smoker, but it's surprisingly roomy--you get over 480 square inches of cooking space. That's more than enough space to fit a large rack of ribs, a full-sized chicken, or 20+ pounds of meat. The porcelain-enameled steel feels sturdy and, the heat-resistant nylon handle is very well-designed. The grates, however, are nickel-plated rather than chrome.
The smoker comes with a special tray for charcoal briquettes, with room to hold about 7 hours' worth of charcoal. While it's running, you'll find that it stays precisely at your desired temperature with very little fluctuation in temperature (provided you don't open it). The temperature consistency is as good as it gets!
Features: This smoker uses charcoal rather than electricity or propane, so you get a hotter flame that is perfect for cooking chicken and fish. However, the fact that you are using charcoal means you'll have to get the coals just right in order to keep the meat smoking for hours. It's not the best choice for beginners, but master grillers will love this charcoal smoker.
The built-in thermometer will allow you to keep an eye on the internal temperature, and the water pan will add steam to your cooking--making the meat moist and tender. This smoker may be small and simple, but it has everything you need to produce delicious food.
Price: At $300, this may seem like a high-priced smoker. However, remember that this is a smoker for those who know what they're doing, meaning those who regularly smoke their meat. It's more than able to handle frequent use, and its design makes it well worth the price!
- Rated #2 in 7 Best Smokers