recommendations for backyard smoker
Hi - I am interested in buying a backyard smoker for my husband for fathers day (he's the cook in the family). Not really sure where to start - its need to be fairly compact and reasonably priced (i e under a couple hundred bucks).
Would love recommendations about good models, things to think about as I consider this purchase, etc etc.
Thanks in advance!!
Several things to consider, they come in the same range of heat sources as conventional grills (propane, electric and charcoal) so you should take that into account.
This is an excellent choice for charcoal, albeit a bit over your budget.
This is a good electric option (and they make a propane one also):
As long as you have the space to safely operate a charcoal grill, you can't go wrong with the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. The 18" model is a little over your stated budget, but it's a small price to pay for superior performance and (with a little practice) results. It can't be beat for ease of use and temperature control. I assume that gas models would be a bit easier . . . but what's the fun of that?
Yep, the Smokey Mountain is the best smoker for beginners and the best bang for the buck you will get. I've had mine a while and it's great. My son-in-law went through about 4 low cost smokers before he finally got the smokey mountain and now he can't figure out why he didn't buy one in the beginning. They work fantastic and are very easy to use. A little out of your price point, but you will be money ahead in the long run. Just bite the bullet and spend the $300 on the Weber Smokey Mountain.
Another Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker fan here.
I have owned two for years and love it. For the money, it can't be beaten. The smoker is easy to learn how to use and can carry him all the way to competitions if he ever decides to go that route. This is the smoker I use when I compete.
Regardless of which smoker you get, check out this website. http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/ There is a ton of extremely useful knowledge and wisdom on that website that applies to smoking in general, regardless of which smoker someone is actually using. Information on everything from how to set up the smoker for the very first cook, to how much charcoal and smoking wood to use for what types of food, to actual recipes, to information and advice on how to compete. It's all there. That website is a treasure chest of information regarding all things barbecue.
+1 to all the recommendations for the Weber Smoky Mountain smoker. I'm a beginner smoker (though more experienced with charcoal grilling). I love it--easy to use and it has a small footprint (important consideration for my small patio). Anyway, I got the WSM last year and found it simple to use.