There are several factors that will determine what smoker is best for you.
Key things to consider before buying a smoker:
1. What is my budget?
Smokers are priced anywhere from $50 El-Cheap-O models all the way up to custom jobs that can cost well over $10K.
You have to decide how much money you are willing to invest. You can find a great smoker in your price range – whatever it is. Just set a budget and don’t over-buy.
2. What quantity of meat am I cooking?
Think about how you are going to use your smoker and the average amount of people your going to feed.
You want to buy a smoker to fit your needs. You buy too big – and it will be a hassle to get it fired up to smoke a slab or ribs and you won’t enjoy using it as much. You buy too little – and you won’t be able to cook what you want or you’ll have to upgrade and spend more money.
So think about what capacity will be ideal for you and your needs.
3. What are you going to use your smoker for?
You’ve got to think about what you’re going to do with your smoker. Most people are going to buy a smoker, put it in their backyard and that’s where it will live.
But if you are planning on moving your smoker, it’s something you need to consider. If you plan to take your smoker to tailgates, competition BBQ contests or church cooks you want to make sure you get a smoker that can withstand being moved.
There are many other factors to think about when deciding on a smoker such as fuel sources (charcoal, wood, pellets etc.), maintenance and durability… and that’s just to name a few.
To get started set your budget and see what your options are out there for you. Each one will have it’s pro’s and con’s. Deciding on what is best for you’re situation is entirely up to you.
Here are a few Smokers and Grills to check out…
Big Green Egg
The Big Green Egg is a ceramic cooker that can be used for a smoker or a grill. These types of ceramic smokers are very versatile and efficient.
Ole Hickory Pits
Ole Hickory Pits manufactures and sells wood burning smoker ovens for use by restaurants, caterers, meat processors, food service operators, contest cookers, clubs and other commercial users.
Vertical Drum Smokers are also know as Ugly Drum Smokers or UDS.
They are great smokers you buy or make your own.
Pellet Smokers are wood fired smokers that burn compressed wood – or Pellets – as the sole heat source. They allow you to cook at precise temps and are very versatile since you can cook at low and slow temps, to high heat grilling and even baking.