Which Type of BBQ Smoker Is Right for you?
Updated: Jul 7, 2020
For the barbeque enthusiasts out there, smoking your meat is the way to bring your meat cooking to the next level. Smoked meat is juicy, tender, and full of flavor. Your friends and family will soon be requesting your famous smoked meat dishes.
If you’re considering purchasing a meat smoker, it’s important to do your research and buy the right one for your needs. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for your brand new BBQ smoker:
Meat smokers come in all different shapes and sizes, but you don’t need something that’s industrial-sized if you’re only planning on cooking for your family or a small group of friends.
However, if you’re the regular host of 4th of July gatherings or your local block party, the best type of smoker for you is something with a little more space. You should also consider extra functionalities such as grills or fish fryers so you can do it all from your all-in-one meat smoker and grill. Meat smokers come in all different shapes and sizes, but you don’t need something that’s industrial-sized if you’re only planning on cooking for your family or a small group of friends.
Serious BBQ experts out there might be looking for something more advanced to cook bigger cuts of meat or have more advanced experience in terms of different ways to smoke.
The type of meat smoker you choose should also depend on your experience level with smoking. For those with less experience, an electric smoker grill may be the best option. For lifelong smokers who are looking for a new model, offset smokers using wood or charcoal pellets are likely the right choice.
Other features that the experienced BBQ smoker should look out for include:
● Insulated firebox
● Drip pan
● Reverse flow
● Deep fryers
● Front or back rib box
It might seem like a no-brainer but, before you go for the industrial-sized smoker, do you have a plan for where to place it, operate it, clean it, and store it? Smoking should be a relaxing, enjoyable activity, so size and space are important factors.
Having a meat smoker that’s too big for your yard can be a nightmare, but there is a smoker out there for all shapes and sizes of yards. For example, you could go for the smaller Xpress model or the much larger-capacity Southern Comfort.
Will you be using your smoker a couple of times per year? Or do you plan on making this a regular weekend cookout? Bigger smokers are ideal for those of us who like to entertain.
Plus, if you’re planning on tailgating with your smoker, you can even customize the model of your choice with sports logos or other commercial signage.
If you’re looking for the BBQ smoker of your dreams, we have the expertise to provide you with exactly what you need, from standard models to customization and financing. Check out our range of smokers or call us at 405-820-8846 today.