So summer is right around the corner and you are looking for a grill or a smoker but you don’t know what you want… Hopefully here you can find the answer!
I received this question via email. He asked; “Dan, I am looking for a smoker what should a get?”
I responded, “Well how much meat do you want to cook? How much do you want to spend? What fuel so you want to use?–here are your choices; Gas, Charcoal, Electricity.”
We emailed back and forth for awhile–hopefully I didn’t confuse him too much! I am going to try to make it clearer here.
For the weekly backyard griller or smoker I would recommend a Weber Style Kettle charcoal grill because you can cook Burgers and Dogs. You can also smoke small amounts of meat. As rule, I would stick to is less than half of the surface area of the grill so you can use coals pushed over to one side–unless you buy a product like the Smokenator. ( I just got one from my Father-in-law.)
For more smoking and less grilling, you may want an offset like a Brinkman, Oklahoma Joe’s, a Weber “Bullet”, or a “Trash Can” Smoker. Once again, price and how much meat will play the role in what you will get. For small back yard cooking, I would go for a Bullet style…or an offset.
To step it up a notch (because you are that good!) get into competition smoking. You would want to look at a Good-one, a Cook Shack, the big green egg. I have seen many Trash can smokers: Weber bullets, and American Barbeque Systems in competition also.
I hope this helps! Send me any questions.