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Reverse Flow Smoker: A Complete Guide

Do you want to take your smoking game up a notch? If so, you need to learn about reverse flow smokers. Also known as offset smokers, these bad boys are some of the best on the market.

This guide will teach you everything about reverse flow smokers. It will cover what they are, how they work, and some tips and tricks for using them.

What Is A Reverse Flow Smoker?

A reverse flow smoker in Oklahoma uses indirect heat to cook food. The heat source is present at the bottom of the smoker, and the food is cooked on racks above the heat source.

Here are the essential components of a reverse flow smoker:

-Firebox: The firebox is where you build your fire. It is usually located at the bottom of the smoker, off to the side of the cooking chamber.

-Cooking chamber: The cooking chamber is where the food is cooked. It is typically a rectangular or round box with racks inside of it. The heat from the firebox travels up through the cooking chamber, and the smoke exits out the chimney.

-Smokestack: The smokestack is located at the top of the smoker, allowing the smoke to escape from the cooking chamber.

-Damper: The damper is a device that regulates the airflow in the smoker. It is located on the intake door of the firebox.

In Illinois, these custom smoker grills are designed so that the heat and smoke travel from the firebox, under the reverse flow plate, through the cooking chamber, and out the chimney. It gives the food a more even cooking than a direct flow smoker where the heat and smoke travel directly from the fire.

Tips And Tricks To Use Reverse Flow Smokers

Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your reverse flow smoker.

-Start by seasoning your meat with a dry rub or marinade. It will help add flavor and keep the meat moist.

-When cooking chicken, use indirect heat. It will prevent the skin from burning while ensuring the meat is cooked through.

-Beef should be cooked using direct heat or indirect heat depending on the cut. It will create a nice sear on the outside of the meat while keeping the inside juicy.

-If you want to add some smoke flavor to your food, use wood chips chunks of hardwoods.

-Reverse flow smokers are great for cooking large cuts of meat—plan on cooking them for long periods so they have time to cook through slowly.

-Make sure to keep an eye on the temperature. It is crucial to keep a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process.


If you're looking for a top-quality smoker who will give you consistent results, then a reverse flow smoker is the way. Check out Blowin' Smoke Cookers for the best smokers.

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This is hardly a complete guide on your reverse flow smoker. I have a gameday RF. I would love some information regarding:


fire management,

cooking grates (in the cook chamber or vertical box)

draft dampers, airflow,

the doors, when to open, close, crack


proper leveling the trailer,

rib/warming box use,

controlling temperatures.

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