The best BBQ smokers of 2018 have one thing in common: they all produce brilliant, savory food. It just depends on what type of smoker you’re looking for, there’s really no wrong answer, as everyone prefers something different! Smoker grills, AKA offset barrel smokers, horizontal smokers, or pipe smokers, allow the griller (that’s you!) serious control over the smoking process.
My independently tested BBQ smokers has been judged by many criterias and segmented to cover the best choice for your style of outdoor cooking.
Let’s face it, there is a myriad of BBQ grill and smoker manufacturers out there and you may have already been gone to the the garden centre and seen a large display and can’t find anything (or anyone) to help you differentiate one barbecue from another.
Meat smokers come in all shapes and sizes but essentially do the same thing: holding meat as it cooks so it absorbs the unique flavors of the smoke. “Low and slow” is the name of the game for meat smokers. Some smokers vertically stack or horizontally layout large amounts of meat at the same time. Whether you are a professional or beginner, choosing the right smoker will let you make something with the best flavor possible.
1, Char-Broil American Gourmet BBQ Smoker Deluxe
So I wasn’t so sure how his was going to work out after all, it took me one short hour by myself to put the cooking materials together then I seasoned it by rubbing down with vegetable oil and lighting a hot fire inside for several hours. I smoked my first brisket on it and it was absolute perfection!
The smoker held the smoke well and had next to no leakage of heat or smoke. You simply cannot beat this entry-level smoker! There are larger pricier models for larger smokes. This unit is only 4ft wide and very light. Overall, I’m happy with the purchase, but I see myself using it more as a grill than a smoker.
Considering the price I was really surprised at the quality of this. It is a lot more solid than I was expecting. I tried it without food first just to practice. Temp was very easy to control and the cooking part can get hot enough for grilling if you want it to.Tested the thermometer in boiling water and it seemed to be accurate.
Highly recommend this for entry level smoking, although it is not the best BBQ smoker ever. Perfect if you do not need a large smoker which is my case.
Char-Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Deluxe Charcoal Grill
3-in-1 smoker, barbecue and grill with 670 square inches cooking surface in main chamber and 355 square inches in firebox chamber
Chrome-plated cool-touch handles to protect your hands from the heat
Multiple adjustable dampers to easily control the heat and smoke in your cooker
2, Dyna-Go Charcoal Offset Smoker
Out of the box this smoker is worth the price that Amazon is selling it for and if you’re a Prime Member it’s even better.Putting the smoker together was easy and straight forward. Easy to maintain temp using mix of charcoal briquettes and chunks of hardwood. Better than my old horizontal offset box smoker. This smokes better and takes up much less room. I will be buying some of the tape sealant to seal the doors. They really don’t leak much smoke but I would like to have full control over temp on colder months.
I also got an aluminum drip pan and placed it in the bottom of the unit when using.
It has sturdy build material, also the offset charcoal holder allows for easier heat control plus the sliding tray makes charcoal cleaning a breeze. On the “cons side”, it is not easily movable; you should put the smoker in a desirable spot before you start your smoking process and it has no internal liner, the inside gets messy quick.
Besides that it is just a perfect little smoker!
3, Weber Smokey Mountain
It is built like all Weber products, top quality and aspires for the title of one of the best BBQ smokers in it’s category. Out of the box ready to start cooking on. No “burning out” required due to porcelain rather than the typical “cheapo” other products with black spray paint over metal.
Weber’s never paint peel either. Two halves on upper and two on lower if you want to cook a lot of them. Only downfall is the limited size of the charcoal area for ashes. A trade off for the compact size. The 14″ will be perfect for 4-6 hour slow cooks. Only wish they had though of putting a cleanout on bottom like the Webber Kettle series.
Since this smoker does not get even close to that kind of heat, the gutter guard will work perfectly.
When it comes to cleaning your BBQ smoker, never wash the insides. Get a good grill brush and scrape down the insides and dome. You need the “aroma” which takes several years to build up. I never mix my meat from my seafood and hotdog smokers. Nothing destroys the aroma faster than cooking fish/seafood/hotdogs in a BBQ grill smoker used to cook chicken, ribs, pork, brisket, and tri tip. That’s why you should buy a pair if you plan to cook seafood/fish/hotdogs. Better yet, get a Weber Kettle for those meats.
Remember to always empty the ash from the bottom and grease on the foiled water pan to avoid fires and any rancid old oil smell before you cook.
Weber 711001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 14-Inch Charcoal Smoker, Black
Built-in lid thermometer allows you to easily monitor internal temperatures
High-temperature silicone grommet allows for easy access into the smoker with a temperature probe
Porcelain-enameled water pan helps add steam to the smoking process so meats stay moist and tender
4, Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Charcoal Smoker and Grill
Great smoker works well, the metal gauge thickness of the door is nice, wish the canister was that gauge but needles to say it performed well. The smoker box is nice due to the slide out tray to empty the ashes while its still smoking. The construction of it is solid and I believe it should last for a good long time if taken care.
It is not as sturdy as some other premium models, but for the price this BBQ smoker is of decent quality and overall for the price it is a good multi-purpose unit in my opinion.
Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Charcoal Smoker & Grill
1,382 total sq in cooking space
284 sq in offset grill cooking space
5 x chrome-plated Steel cooking grates (17" dia. Ea.)