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Shopping for a smoker

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Mark the Moose, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Holic

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    I think I’m going to get my first smoker. Something small, not starting a BBQ business. Thinking propane, big enough to tackle a brisket. Any brands to recommend or steer away from?
     
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    So, I was going to suggest a casket, at first...
     
  3. MarkieMark

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    I had a propane smoker, and it was OK, but went thru gas like mad.
    Then I was at Ace hardware and they had one of these on sale for like $130-
    https://www.masterbuilt.com/collections/smokers/products/mes-130-b-digital-electric-smoker

    I figured I'd give it a try, reasoning that even if it only lasted a year or so it was no great loss.
    For the price point I really like it.
    Its not perfect, theres a few minor design flaws, but Ive been using it for five years and can recommend it as a good entry level smoker.

    I can do a couple racks of baby backs or a couple chicken breasts in a few hours in mesquite or hickory. Or I do a pork butt/shoulder for 8-12 hours with great results.

    Its my third smoker and I would buy another.
     
  4. Fretting out

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    Ha! I thought the same thing
     
  5. SuprHtr

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    I’ve had cheap and pricey kamado cookers, but for fun. For practicality, electric is the way to go.
     
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    Weber, Traeger, Pit Boss, are some I’m looking at.
    Not unpricy but some of the best in my limited research
    They are pellet driven not real charcoal or briquette fired
     
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    My first thought was an ashtray, glad we got that straightened out.
     
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  8. smoothrecluse

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    The wife got me a Pit Boss for Christmas, and it’s been pretty awesome.

    Using a pellet smoker makes me feel kind of like a phony, because I just turn a knob and it does all the work for me, but it’s pretty idiot-proof, which is what I need.

    I’ve smoked country ribs, chicken, pork butt, and prime rib roast, and it’s all come out better than I expected.
     
  9. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I have an electric smoker by Masterbuilt. I’ll get this in before the purists have me taken out.
    It’s easy , a man’s crock pot. Pre heat, set your temp and time add chips and go live your life. We’ve smoked a turkey breast every thanksgiving the last 8 years. Put it in by 6, eating by 2.
     
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  10. stxrus

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    Where is it written grilling or smoking has to be a difficult feat or a contact sport?
    I’m all for easier than a testosterone involved event. If you need to have the challenge for cooking then more power to you. I’d rather have an easier method to cook than MAN through a cooking event
     
  11. Fretting out

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    It is written in the great “book of manly meats”!

    For everyone else there is the microwave
     
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    I'm beating most of the restaurants here with my Traeger, but make sure you get a good meat thermometer.
     
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    Or if you prefer baby backs...
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    Where's the fun in "easy"? :lol:
     
  15. scrapyardblue

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    Blah , blah, blah, blah, blah.....get yourself an electric smoker, eat like kings and queens and be done with it.
     
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    I really like the Weber Smokey Mountain that I used extensively before it was destroyed by a Bobcat. I have a Barbecue Guru PID wifi controller which help me manage BBQ's secondary activities, which for me are mowing the lawn, playing guitar, watching TV, and drinking beverages :)

    Cons are that it runs on charcoal. That's actually a "pro" for me since I prefer it, but you mentioned that you want propane.

    WRT to smoking a brisket, the recipes I use have cook times in the 15-20 hour range for a full packer. I'm curious about how long cooks are handled with propane, but it seems like it might be expensive.

    If I were to stop buying guitars a Backwoods cabinet smoker is high on my list, probably a "Chubby", but that also uses charcoal.


     
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    skid-steer or large kitty cat?
     
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    I had to look that up - it was a skid-steer :)

    It was a sad day!

     
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    A b-b-q is a necessity Downunder. It gets too hot to cook indoors.
     
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    You beat me to it! I was going to post a sarcastic (sarcasm is in right now, right? :lol:) comment about a smoking jacket in the shape of a coffin, but the OP means a......

    Smoker! :D
     
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