The concept of smoking meats has been around since the days of the caveman, but it is now considered a culinary art. It is also a very popular way to prepare meat for not only a scrumptious dinner but for preparing meals for the freezer.
Regardless of the reason, smoking meat brings out the rich and wonderful flavors of those meats and for those with a vegan interest, smoking vegetables works as well. Of course, the key element in preparing some delicious food is the smoker. Here are five wonderful and affordable smokers for the home chef.
There are three basic types of smoker, electric, propane and charcoal. There is some debate among the practitioners of the art of smoking food as to which is better. The underlying fact, is that it doesn’t matter as long as a person likes it and likes using it to prepare smoked meats with.
Naturally, each has its own advantages and disadvantages but they all produce smoked meats that are tasty and delicious. Of these three basic types, there is the vertical cabinet style, the attached firebox style and the normal, upright style that many people think of for home smokers.
Again, each has their own advantages and disadvantages but there is essentially no major difference, although some hard core chefs might disagree. When getting a smoker, get the type and style that fits what you want out of a smoker. Here are five affordable smokers that would be great for any home.
Best Charcoal Smoker and Grill
Brinkmann is a household name when it comes to smokers, grills, and bbq accessories and supplies. This 17 inch smoker has two chrome grills and a porcelain coated water pan. The Brinkmann Model #810-5301-C Upright Smoker also has a hinged door for easy access to the charcoal or wood chips and is a very easy to use, simple smoker for home use.
Many users love the easy to use nature of this smoker and how easy and quick it is to assemble. This is an excellent smoker for home and even patio use for an apartment.
Top Charcoal Smoker for the Money
The Meco Model #5031 Upright Smoker is an affordable smoker, upright unit that works great for home or patio. It has a built in temperature gauge and multiple top vents to regulate heat. The two 15 inch grills make it a snap to prepare even large foods like a turkey or pork shoulder. It has a porcelain coated water pan and has keep cool, wooden handles.
It also has a side access door for easy access and is very simple to operate. Users love the affordable, yet study nature of the unit and the easy assemble and quick installation.
Best Vertical Charcoal Smoker
Char-Broil is another name brand and this is their affordable cabinet style smoker. The Char-Broil Model #14201876 Cabinet Smoker is great for cooking a large amount of food and the easy access secondary door gives access to the charcoal and water without loosing heat from opening the main door.
It has a temperature gauge, up front where is can easily be seen and comes with a porcelain water and charcoal pan. This is a great entry level cabinet smoker and users love the look and the great features of the product.
Best Smoker and Grill for the Price
Unlike the other smokers, this is a propane type, upright smoker. The Masterbuilt Model #M7P Combo Propane Upright Smoker is a very versatile smoker in that it can grill, boil and steam as well. It has a cast iron burner and porcelain water pan. It also has a aluminum deep pot for deep frying or boiling. In addition to the propane, this unit can also function as a charcoal grill.
This is a great option for those that want the quick and easy use of propane and the taste and flavor of charcoal. This is a excellent smoker for anyone who wants to do it all. Users love the versatility and the easy use and great features.
Best Smoker for the Money
Weber is a leading brand of smokers, grills and bbq accessories, and the Weber Model #711001 Upright Smoker carries on the Weber tradition. This charcoal and water smoker has top vents and dampeners to regulate the heat and a built in temperature gauge. It has a rust proof aluminum door with keep cool handles for easy access. The water pan is porcelain coated as well as the charcoal chamber. This is an great, upright smoker that can handle even large jobs.
Quick to set up and easy to use, this smoker will get the smoke going quickly and produce tasty food. Users love the easy to assemble nature of the product and the longevity of the construction. Overall, an excellent water smoker for the home.
With any product that uses or requires a heat source, it is imperative that a person read and follow the operators manual for safety. Never operate a grill or smoker on uneven ground when the unit could tip over.
Never operate indoors and never allow flammable equipment within 5 feet of a hot or cooling smoker or grill. Safety should always be a consideration around cooking equipment.