Smoking gives a wonderful flavor to many different kinds of food, mainly meats. Once, the best place you could get well flavored smoked meat was at a barbecue competition or a really good restaurant. Fortunately, the price of smokers has come down, and their design offers beginners and experienced cooks features that promise ease of use.
You have several good options to choose from that are priced under $200. Depending on the brand and the design, you have a choice of smokers that use three different fuels. Smokers use either electricity, gas, or charcoal. These smokers have different levels of difficulty when in use. Smoke flavor is added by placing different types of wood in the cooking chamber.
Efficient Propane Gas Smoker for the Price
Cabinet capacity inside this Smoke Hollow: (38202G) 38 Inch Propane Gas Smoker is 3.4 cubic feet. It comes with four cooking grids (chrome plated,) which can be adjusted to multiple levels. Fuel type with this item is LP gas output of 20,000 BTUs. A push button ignition system and external temperature gauge make it easy to get cooking with this gas smoker.
You have the maximum control with the built in upper and lower vents. Cabinet includes double doors for convenience, keeping the heat in and smoke in the cooking chamber, when you adjust the water and wood pans. The gas control system is cast brass. Smoker measures 28 inches by 19 inches by 47 inches. The unit weighs 68 pounds.
One customer liked the fact that this item took them only one hour to assemble and the instructions were easy to use. They have been smoking meats for more than 20 years, and are well pleased with the cooking capacity in this product. Others made the comment that this Smoke Hollow item is well built, easy to use, and is a good value for the money.
Best Rated Vertical Electric Smoker
Cooking capacity inside the Char-Broil: Vertical Electric Smoker is 500 square inches. The unit comes with three chrome plated, adjustable cooking grates. You can maintain an even temperature with this item due to its insulated and double walled construction.
A wood chip and water pan is included with purchase. The handle on this item is chrome plated, and a temperature gauge includes a bezel and is lid mounted. The heating element in this smoker outputs 1,500 watts; it measures 17.5 inches by 20 inches by 37.8 inches. The unit weighs 49.6 pounds.
After using a charcoal smoker, and getting tired of the constant monitoring it required, a customer purchased this electric smoker by Char-Broil. They think the design of this unit makes it easy to access the meat, water tray, and wood tray. Several other people who have purchased this item, hold the opinion that it is a great value for the price. Another customer says the outside stays cool to the touch when cooking.
Premium Charcoal Smoker on the Market
Significant space is offered by Dyna-Glo with this large Dyna-Glo: (DGO1176BDC-D) Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker; it offers 1,176 square inches of total cooking space. It is easy to maneuver, thanks to the heavy carrying handles. Maximum smoke flavor is delivered by the porcelain enameled steel wood chip box (heavy gage.) You can easily monitor smoker temperature with the included temperature gauge. Plan to feed all your family and friends at one time, because this unit can cook 150 pounds of food at one time.
The vertical offset charcoal smoker is designed to channel smoke across the food and keep the heat down. Clean up is easy, thanks to the grease management system. It collects condensation and drippings from inside the food chamber. You can cook foods of varied sizes because the grates are adjustable. The manufacturer promises long life and durability in this unit because it has a high temperature powder coat finish and heavy duty steel body construction. This smoker measures 20.2 inches by 34.5 inches by 47 inches, and it weights 57 pounds.
This is a great smoker and cooker, according to one person who purchased and used the Dyna-Glo. They recommend seasoning the inside the unit. A customer who says this is the first smoker they have ever bought, says that they love it and it is a great smoker for a good price. Another satisfied customer says this item is great for entertaining and they are impressed with the cooking space inside the smoker.
Which type of smoker you choose should be influenced by the cooking experience you want to have. Charcoal smokers require more assembly, and possibly more maintenance before you even get to use the item. (Some people recommend putting heat resistant sealing around any leaks in the box.) If you are more interested in having an easier time with cooking, the “plug and play” option that comes with electric or gas powered smoker may be what you are looking for.