smokers and grills

Smokers and Grills

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.

Get more info and see more videos on the Big Green Egg here >>

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.

Get more info and see videos about the Ole Hickory here >>

UDS Smoker

Vertical Drum Smokers are also know as Ugly Drum Smokers or UDS.

They are great smokers you buy or make your own.

For more info on UDS Smokers, click here >>

Pellet Smokers

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.

For more info on Pellet smokers, click here >>

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Comments 13

  1. Hi Malcom,
    Are you familiar with the Blazing Grill Works pellet grills. I’m trying to decide between the BGW and the Yoder. The Blazin has some unique features and the Yoder has a great following.

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  2. Hello Malcom:

    You may even like BBQ more than me, and that’s quite a bit.
    Looking at adding the PK 360 to my arsenal. Grilling looks great
    but not much actual feedback on folks smoking pork butt.
    Have you ever cooked one on the 360?

    Just me and the wife now so I don’t need much volume for home.

    Thank you

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  3. Hello Malcolm.
    Have you ever used a Weber Smoky Mountain? I’ve read some really good reviews on that smoker. I’m torn between buying a 22in WSM or spending more for a Gateway Drum. I really like the looks of the drum and hear it’s very efficient. Can you give me any pros and cons on the two based on personal experience? Thanks.

  4. I need to know which pellet grill to get. I know the Yoder is the one on the show and the one I am interested in. They have several different models. I need one that can go from whole brisket, several slabs of ribs, several butts, and baking. Which one would you suggest, $1.100 price range? I only have about 4X3 deck space left for another grill, ( EXL Primo and round Komado Joe). If space is an issue the Joe can go. Sorry for such a long question, but looking for some help. I don’t see the model on Yoder site that seems to match the videos you post. HELL, I think I could have ask, “what model Yoder do you use on the show”? well so much for public education.

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      I’ve used the Yoder 480 and Yoder 640 in my videos – both a great and you can’t go wrong with the Yoder. But which one you choose depends on what size you want and your budget. The difference between the two is the size

  5. Malcom,

    Is there any problem in grilling (steaks, burgers, chicken) on an offset smoker? I don’t mean on the firebox side, but in the smoker itself (more area) with coals in the smoker side. My Oklahoma Joe’s Highland’s steel is the same thickness in the firebox and smoker, and the distance from the cooking grates to the coals are equal in both boxes.

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  6. Malcom,

    Which company makes the grill grates you use for the weber come from. Because I am trying to find some so I can have some grill marks but I don’t know which one to use.

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  7. I am looking for something like the one you used in your ribeye video. I know the video is in the year 2016 but I am a new fan and I really enjoy how you cook.

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