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    Smoker

    I was contemplating getting a smoker. Anyone have the smoker below (from Home Depot or Lowes)? Good/bad/ugly?

    Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker - 810-7090-S at The Home Depot

    Prefer electric or charcoal?

    Any good smoking tips or recipes?



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    Re: Smoker

    I hate that you started this thread in January.

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    Re: Smoker

    I went charcoal ... we use it about 4-5 times a year. and we love it.


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    Re: Smoker

    I use a Brinkman propane. Much easier to control heat than charcoal.



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    Re: Smoker

    I would get a charcoal Weber. That will do the job for the average joe. Put the coals and wood on one side of the grill, then put a foil pan filled (drip pan) with water in the middle.

    We mainly smoke brisket and babyback ribs. Tried a turkey for the MU fb game and it was pretty good.

    Quick recipe (the short, short version)- Brisket
    Put a dry rub on pretty heavy the day before you want to cook it. Heat grill like I mentioned above to 300. Put brisket on for 3 hours. After 3 hours, take meat off and cover with foil (2 or 3 layers). Put in oven for at least 2 hours on 200. You can take it out anytime after that.

    Brisket seems to be more and more popular because of the price. It has more fat in it so it takes a little tlc



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    Re: Smoker

    Quote Originally Posted by CO4Cy View Post
    I was contemplating getting a smoker.
    I'd be careful. Smokers will permeate the home, clothes, etc. with the distinct smell of smoke. Moreover, the cost of cigarettes is outrageous; it could be a huge draw on your monthly budget. If you are looking for someone, consider the vast pool of nonsmokers. While they may not have the raspy voice you prefer and you can't count on the "If she smokes..." benefits, there certainly is a lot of upside nonetheless.



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    Re: Smoker

    Quote Originally Posted by balken View Post
    I'd be careful. Smokers will permeate the home, clothes, etc. with the distinct smell of smoke. Moreover, the cost of cigarettes is outrageous; it could be a huge draw on your monthly budget. If you are looking for someone, consider the vast pool of nonsmokers. While they may not have the raspy voice you prefer and you can't count on the "If she smokes..." benefits, there certainly is a lot of upside nonetheless.
    but by the way smokers are great if you can find one where you can put any type of fruit tree wood in them to burn!!!! I built my own so I would recomend that. Fruit wood gives it a great smell and flavor. Its easy to build if you can weld and or have a plasma cutter



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    Re: Smoker

    Do the electric smokers only allow you to use wood chips or can you use chunks/logs. In my experience you will want to use chunks at the very least, I've never been able to get much smoke out of chips.

    Other than that, I don't think the manner the heat is created matters much as long as you get the wood smoking (unless there is some sort of a dispersement issue with the electric). I don't use the wood to create the heat that cooks the meat, I simply want the flavoring the actual smoke adds. I use a smoke box inside my gas grill. Fourty five minutes of smoke is enough to flavor ribs, after that I cook them low and slow for a few more hours using just the gas grill.



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    Re: Smoker

    I would defintely recommend the Big Green Egg. It is the complete charcoal grill and smoker.

    Big Green Egg, World's Best Smoker and Grill



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    Re: Smoker

    Quote Originally Posted by CO4Cy View Post
    I was contemplating getting a smoker. Anyone have the smoker below (from Home Depot or Lowes)? Good/bad/ugly?

    Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker - 810-7090-S at The Home Depot

    Prefer electric or charcoal?

    Any good smoking tips or recipes?
    My first smoker was a charcoal version of the Brinkman you are contemplating. That little tiny door to throw in extra wood chips or charcoal as was my case, is useless. You sit there with the door open flipping in 1 or 2 charcoal brickets at a time.

    I would recommend looking into a vertical smoker. It will cost more but you can find one without breaking the bank. I know they have gas and charcoal, probably electric also.

    I have one from Menards that cost $99 a couple of years ago and works so much better than the style you are looking at.



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    Re: Smoker

    I use a charcoal smoker and love it. I just prefer the flavor the wood smoke-charcoal smoke gives you. They require more attention when using them, but it is well worth it.


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    Re: Smoker

    I have a Bradley electric and love it. I can set the temp, load the wood feeder (it uses pucks) and go on about my day. 8 hours later I am diggin' in.



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    Re: Smoker

    Weber Smokey Mountain ...they now have a 22" model.



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    Re: Smoker

    Quote Originally Posted by Thornhill View Post
    Weber Smokey Mountain ...they now have a 22" model.
    I agree! I've had a Weber Smokey Mountain (18") for about 6 years now. Once you empty your charcoal and wood into the bottom, it does an awesome job of maintaining a steady temperature for a long period of time. When I do brisket, I'll stoke it up and let it run all night (8+ hours) and when I wake up the temp will still be in the ideal range.

    See this link for more information on the WSM. Also, lots of good tips and techniques for the beginning smoker.

    And note: there's a big difference between "grilling" and "smoking" to the purist. Smoking is all about cooking the meat with low temps (220-250) for a long period of time. You can't really do that effectively with a normal Weber charcoal grill.



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    Re: Smoker

    my father-in-law uses the electric smoker and loves it.

    I have the all-in-one... Shop Brinkmann

    I bought it for it's versatility. It can be a gas smoker or grill, a charcoal smoker or grill, or a fryer. I added a pan and basket for frying fish.

    I've mainly used it for propane smoking and fish fries.



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