Smokers Buying Guide

Quickly name the smells of summer: there's freshly cut lawn, chlorinated pools -- and barbecue. That delicious barbecue aroma can fill your yard courtesy of home smokers. Create your own home barbecue extravaganza with these options.

Types of Smokers

Types of Smokers

Barbecue is big, and home barbecue is even bigger thanks to the wide range of smokers and cookbooks dedicated to this flavorful cooking method. From classic brisket and sausage to chicken and ribs, nearly every kind of meat can be smoked. And no matter your budget, you can smoke meat at home with the various home smokers on the market. What you want to cook and how you cook it depends on your personal tastes, but the types of home smokers include kamado cookers, smoker ovens, box, vertical water/bullet, horizontal offset dry, and pellet.

Kamado Cookers

Made of ceramic and resembling an elongated oval, these ceramic cookers have accessories that allow you to block the direct heat and turn them into a smoker-like outdoor appliance.

Smoker Ovens

These outdoor appliances supply heat through electricity; in addition, they offer advanced temperature controls as well as various racks to smoke different types of meat.

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Char-Broil
$249.99

This compact Char-Broil gas smoker will have you creating delicious, mouth-watering meats in no time. Limit 5 per household.This c...ompact Char-Broil gas smoker will have you creating delicious, mouth-watering meats in no time. Limit 5 per household. : Compact design fits nicely on most patios and decks. Double drawer allows you to attend to water and wood without loss of heat. Temperature controls let you monitor cooking progress. Convenient top grates provides a place for warming sauces and marinades. : Wipe clean Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 45.5H x 22W x 22D Cooking surface: 595-sq. in. Model no. 12701705 Size: One Size. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. read more

Char-Broil
$379.99 $196.76

Large smoker basket accommodates large cuts of meat and poultry. Dimensions: 20.9W x 20.5D x 26.6H in.. Carbon steel construction ...with easy-grip side handles. Monitor cook time and temperatures via SmartChef app. Get notifications such as preheat or cooking completion. Integrated meat probe. External smoke box for wood chips. Backed by manufacturer’s warranty. The Char-Broil SmartChef Connected Electric Smoker and Roaster simplifies the process so novice outdoor chefs can smoke meat and veg like a pro. The intuitive design smokes at low temperatures or roasts at high temperatures and works with the free SmartChef app on your phone or other devices through your home’s wifi setup. The wifi-connected smoker alerts when food is pre-heating or ready to eat, it tells you the meat temperature, cook time, and chamber temperature as well. read more

Char-Broil
$379.99 $196.76

Large smoker basket accommodates large cuts of meat and poultry. Dimensions: 20.9W x 20.5D x 26.6H in.. Carbon steel construction ...with easy-grip side handles. Monitor cook time and temperatures via SmartChef app. Get notifications such as preheat or cooking completion. Integrated meat probe. External smoke box for wood chips. Backed by manufacturer’s warranty. The Char-Broil SmartChef Connected Electric Smoker and Roaster simplifies the process so novice outdoor chefs can smoke meat and veg like a pro. The intuitive design smokes at low temperatures or roasts at high temperatures and works with the free SmartChef app on your phone or other devices through your home’s wifi setup. The wifi-connected smoker alerts when food is pre-heating or ready to eat, it tells you the meat temperature, cook time, and chamber temperature as well. read more

La Hacienda
$299.99 $188.17

Steel Construction. Stainless steel and black finish. Fuel type: wood. 3-in-1 pizza oven, barbecue, and smoker. Locking wheels. In...cludes flue damper and temperature gauge. Dimensions: 15W x 20L x 61H in.. Assembly required. Enjoy a summer evening making your favorite barbecue dinner with the La Hacienda Lorenzo Wood Fired Pizza Oven and Smoker. You can easily put this versatile barbecue, smoker, and pizza oven to use every night of the week. Nothing beats a wood-fired oven to add a rich, heady flavor to your pizza or main dish. Ensure your meal is a success by regulating the temperature of the oven with the flue damper and air vents. When it's time to turn in, simply unlock the wheels and glide the oven into your garage or shed. Make the most of your summer with this multifaceted wood-fired oven and smoker. read more

Box

Box smokers are tall; at the bottom of the smoker is the fuel or heat source. Above it, meat is placed to be smoked. These have bigger capacity but need to be well insulated to maintain and conduct heat.

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Broilmaster
$154.80

On its own your Broilmaster grill is an amazingly versatile piece of cooking equipment But if you add a Broilmaster Barbecue Grill... Smoker Shutter you can get even more out of your grill by turning it into an indirect cooker With the smoke shutter clo... read more

Sur La Table
$49.95 $19.99

Add rich, smoky flavor to your favorite grilled foods with this easy-to-use smoker box. Simply fill with soaked wood chips and pla...ce on a gas or charcoal grill to infuse your favorite foods with the earthy aroma of wood smoke. Durable stainless steel construction helps prevent burning for smooth, even smoldering, and the perforated lid makes it easy to insert a thermometer without releasing the smoke. read more

Vertical Water/Bullet

This smoker has a water pan located above a heat source; it creates steam that heats and adds moisture to the meat at the same time. Cooking times typically are longer than with some other types of smokers, and temperature may be trickier to control.

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Smoke Hollow
$379.70

This combination Smoke Hollow grill includes a gas grill, a charcoal grill, a side burner and a side smoker/firebox for multiple o...utdoor cooking styles-all in the same barbeque grill! The main grill body features the convenience of a gas grill right... read more

$1349.99

With its time-proven, offset firebox design, and heavy duty construction, the 20'' Classic Backyard Smoker from Horizon Smoker han...dles all your outdoor cooking needs like no other smoker or grill. Delivering versatility, a distinctive look, and great... read more

RiverGrille
$99.00

This Cattleman 29 in. Grill and Smoker offers plenty of cooking and/or smoking area to cook with - total 767 sq. in. Sturdy porcel...ain coated cooking grates and chrome plated warming rack allow easy cleanup after each meal. Optimum sized firebox with... read more

Meco
$155.99

This Stainless Steel Double Grid Charcoal Water Smoker from Meco includes a 5.5 Qt. hydration pan to fill with beer, juice, wine, ...soda, sake, water or other beverage so your smoked delicacies stay moist and juicy. It features a built-in heat gauge... read more

Horizontal Offset Dry

These smokers have a firebox placed to one side; in the main portion of the smoker is the cooking area. There is also a vent in the cooking section.

Pellet

This smoker gathers pellets, which are made from wood, into a box to provide heat. These can be used as both grills and as smokers, and they have additional controls for temperature and cooking.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

A well-considered smoker is great to have when hosting gatherings and special events as well as preparing everyday dinners and spending afternoons on the deck. But before you buy, ask yourself: What do you cook? How do you cook? Do you spend long afternoons tending meat while hosting family and friends, or do you enjoy throwing on dishes and having them finished quickly? All those questions will influence your smoker purchase. Consider fuel source, size/capacity, cost, and location. Here's how to get started.

Fuel Source

Home smokers are generally fueled by charcoal, wood, or pellets, along with the addition of water in some cases. The difference in cooking is generally based on length of time, flavor, and personal preference.

Size/Capacity

If you are new to barbecuing, a smoker with a smaller size/capacity may be appropriate as a way for you to gain experience. But if you have lots of experience and want to broaden your range, a bigger smoker may be a good fit.

Cost

Like everything related to outdoors, smokers vary widely in cost. Part of that is based on size and materials, but it's also due to bells and whistles and amenities.

Location

If your smoker is small or standard-size, then location may not be a big factor. But for larger smokers, you'll need to find a suitable spot that's away from traffic patterns in your yard.

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Primo Grills & Smokers
$563.00 $520.00

Primo Grills & SmokersThe Primo Grills Compact Cypress Table is the perfect accessory for your Primo Grill Smoker. This high quali...ty teak table is not only functional but a great looking addition to your patio or deck.Depth: 25 Height: 32 Width:... read more

FireMagic
$1,753.00 $1490.05

FireMagicFor the barbecue chef who enjoys the tradition of grilling using charcoal or wood chunks, theres no better barbecue than ...the Fire Magic Gourmet Stainless Steel Charcoal Barbecue. Adjustable height charcoal pans allow you to control the heat,... read more

Primo Grills & Smokers
$67.00 $62.00

Primo Grills & SmokersThe rib racks allow you to smoke or grill ribs by saving space. This large porcelainized rack will hold up t...o 9 racks of ribs by itself. Fits the Oval and Kamado. Can combine with the JR Deluxe rib rack and can fit up to 14 racks... read more

Primo Grills & Smokers
$45.00 $42.00

Primo Grills & SmokersThe rib racks allow you to smoke or grill ribs by saving space. This large porcelainized rack will hold up t...o 5 racks of ribs by itself. Fits the XL, JR, and Kamado. Can combine with the premium rib rack and can fit up to 14 racks... read more

Primo Grills & Smokers
$1,407.00 $1298.00

Primo Grills & Smokers~A Must For Those Who Like To Entertain~. For the avid outdoor cook, Primo is proud to introduce the generou...sly-sized Primo Oval-a must for those who like to entertain. Same principle as the Primo Kamado-fueled by natural lump... read more

FireMagic
$3,914.00 $3326.90

FireMagicFor the barbecue chef who enjoys the tradition of grilling using charcoal or wood chunks, theres no better barbecue than ...the Fire Magic Gourmet Stainless Steel Charcoal Barbecue. Adjustable height charcoal pans allow you to control the heat,... read more

Brinkmann
$155.99 $132.59

Smoke everything from chicken and pork ribs to vegetables with this charcoal smoker and grill from Brinkmann. It features four leg...s to ensure optimal support and stability on any surface. Use the grids to grill your favorite dishes whenever you want. The charcoal bowl of this smoker grill lets you add the flavor of charcoal while allowing to prep a sweet delicacy. The grill also features a water bowl that allows you to maintain a low cooking temperature. It features porcelain coated cooking grates with over 390 square inches of cooking surface to hold up to 50 pounds of food for your family. Black in color Wide porcelain coated cooking grates for holding food Features a charcoal bowl, water bowl and grids Measures 32 inches high x 17 inches wide x 17 inches deep read more

Kay Home Products
$108.99 $50.16

Heavy-duty stamped steel construction with easy-to-clean baked porcelain enamel finish. 2 legs include wheels for easy moving, and... Bakelite handles for protected handling. Hinged lid provides easy opening/closing and keeps lid handy during cooking grid... read more

Char-Broil
$99.50 $99.26

General Information Manufacturer: Char-Broil, LLC Manufacturer Part Number: 14201876 Brand Name: Char-Broil Product Model: 1420187...6 Product Name: Vertical Charcoal Smoker 365 Physical Characteristics Material: Chrome Plated Porcelain Miscellaneous... read more

vidaXL
$147.99 $97.99

This smoker, consisting of generous cooking chamber and robust side firebox, allows you to conveniently grill, smoke and flavor yo...ur food. The perfectly sealed, thick metal body gives our smoker excellent heat retention and heat distribution characteristics. The air outlets will help you adjust the air flow while the smoke stack damper controls the amount of smoke. You can monitor the temperature in the chamber with integrated thermometer. The smoker also contains a shelf in front and storage shelf below where you can place spices, ingredients, utensils and other barbecue essentials. Equipped with 2 wheels, it can be easily moved around for outdoor parties, picnics and gatherings. read more

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