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144 reviews | 4.3 out of 5
Had this smoker for 3 years now and still works like a charm. This smoker really helped me open the doors to outdoor BBQ. It smokes evenly and can handle a lot of food. I smoked a whole goat with ease, also can smoke up to 6 spare ribs with no prob. This is an awesome grill that any TRUE BBQer will love for sure. Would recommend to anyone for sure.
Very easy to assemble, I'm a woman and never put anything together by myself, but rather enjoyed it. I love the smoker/grill combination, its built well and even has a nice warming tray! I shopped around a lot, and this was a very good price. I'm very happy with it..
This is a great smoker/grill...we liked what we read and bought it. First time we used it, the paint started peeling. We contacted the company and they were wonderful, patient and kind. They asked if we seasoned the grill. The directions are on page 3 of the book that comes with it. We didn't even read that part...goes to show how important the directions are...!
Please save yourself some trouble and season the grill before you use it the first time. We will season it now, they said it isn't too late but to save yourself from having a peeling grill, follow their directions!
No other issues, it is a great grill/smoker!
a couple of pieces were bent but some pliers took care of that. some nuts and bolts were missing, but a trip to home depot took care of THAT. it took longer to put together than the instructions said, but i did it by myself and they suggest 2 people (definitely get a friend to help if you can). I wish the thermometer showed the actual temp instead of "cool, ideal, hot" but it does a good job smoking meat. plenty of room on the grill for several racks of ribs, 4 butts, plenty of chicken. I think the warming rack will be in the way if you want to do a whole turkey. I'm still learning, but i got the smoker to hold the temp for 4 hours before i needed to add more fuel. I think I'll get a lot of use out of this.
I upgraded from my small water smoker to this large unit and couldn't be happier. I've used it with charcoal and cherry wood. I've cooked Turkey, ribs, brisket and chicken......all to smokey perfection. I looked at quite a few smokers before picking this one. I give it two thumbs up!
Get's the J-O-B done!!! meat gets sooo tender it falls off the bone, first I thought it was the cook (husband) behind the grill, till I realized it's the PIT (grill) it's self, that keeps the meat so tender you want even need tenderizer for this roaster, another great buy from Walmart!! (U GO WALMART!!) all I can say is AWESOME!! (Need I say more??)
Easy to read directions made set-up a breeze. Had this smoker put together and charcoal rolling within a hour and a half. READ THE DIRECTIONS!!!! The grill needs to be seasoned prior to use to burn off factory oils, set the paint, etc. I was able to go 2 months of twice weekly use before having to redo the paint on the fire box, which should be expected with extreme heats, especially if the coals touch the sides. There is a large heat difference between the left and right hand sides of the cooking chamber. I was able to remedy some of this with some JB Weld (red and black tubes) sealing off the seam on the right hand side, and around the smoke stack, and a couple bricks under the cooking rack. Also, a cheapo bread pan filled with water right up next to the hole where the fire box and the cooking chamber helped level out temps as well You do need to baby sit to keep temps steady, and since the dial gauge is not accurate, I purchased a digital thermometer with a probe connected to a wire that will hold with the magnet on the sides of the grill. I purchased a charcoal chimney and found that had the best results on final flavors; no harsh chemicals from lighter fluid, and you always have newspaper laying around the house to light it. Dont skimp on your charcoal either, cheap charcoal is cheap for a reason; low quality. For the actual smoking, I prefer to use wood CHUNKS over chips. 1) I feel they burn more efficently and release a better flavor, 2) if the temperature starts to drop, a few large chunks will bring it right back up to temp. Rub your meat and stick it in the refridgerator while you go light the grill up. Cold meat picks up smoke much better than room temperature meat. Experiment with different woods for thier flavor. Hickory and Mesquite are great flavors, but with other woods easily available at stores, why limit yourself to one or two flavr profiles. As a professional culinarian, I feel this is a great smoker to learn on. Within a few uses, you can get it dialed in for succulant, juicy meat.
I love this smoker with a little help it can be a great smoker go on u-tube to find out how to make it better
Works great straight out of the box, however...
I compared the expensive smokers (over $400) to this one...two main differences, thickness of the metal (thicker holds heat better) and how well it is sealed (temperature control).
I decided to try to make it better without spending a fortune.
So I bought some flexible heat resistant seal ($20)and installed it around the edge of the lid and then I bought a foil water heater jacket ($22) and covered the lid. A little black spray paint and...
Now I get the performance of a $500 grill for a total out lay of less than half the cost of the expensive models.
Results: Less than 10 degree difference at either end of the smoke box. Charcoal and wood consumption reduced by half and way better temperature control.
The smoker was perfect. My boyfriend put it together with the help of a friend and it took him only about 20 minutes (with beer in hand). It looked just like the picture when he was done.
I've been looking for a new BBQ since my kettle grill is falling apart (it lasted 25+ yrs). I was amazed at how well this one worked. The only complaints I have (and they're small) is the temperature gauge that comes with it is next to useless. It's works, but it's range is so great that you could have a 50+ temperature difference from one end to the other of the cooking box and not know it. However, this can be fixed by buying and installing two temperature gauges at grill level (I bought the Char Broil gauges for $7 each). Using these gauges I was able to keep the cooking temps within 10 degrees of one another on a breezy day. Another is that the identification of the hardware doesn't match the numbering in the directions, but if you just follow the directions by the description of the part you'll get it put together correctly. Also, the hardware comes nicely packaged and everything I needed was included. Also, for a long smoke, use hardwood charcoal not briquettes. I found that the briquettes make to much ash in the firebox and eventually start to smother the fire. I used Kingsford Competition and Stubbs.
Nice smoker. I am a beginner when it comes to smoking meat, but so far this unit has done a great job. I was able to purchase mine pre-assembled at my store, which was a plus. I would STRONGLY suggest anyone to follow the seasoning instructions before using the smoker the first time. The only complaint I have is the thermostat. I purchased a couple of small temp gauges and a place them on the grill grates to have a more accurate temp measurement. I smoked some ribs, sausage, and chicken one weekend for my brother and his family and he bought one for himself when he got back home. He hasn't had any issues with his either. Good Product.
Does a great job of smoking. Easy to maintain and adjust temperature. Does a better job than most more expensive smoker/grills. Will probably replace the charcoal rack in the fire box with a heavier duty one though.
We purchased this combo bbq/grill/smoker because Target sold out of their bbq/smoker. We're glad we didn't go with the Target grill because we are super pleased with this one! The test drive of the grill yielded us VERY delicious results. It's spacious and maintained the temperature for about 3.5 hours. We added mesquite chips to the smoker and grill area and you could taste the smoky flavor in every bite. Note: it is quite heavy, so you'll need 2 people if not a 3rd to help you carry it & it helps to have an extra set of hands for assembly. Another thing to watch out for: I went through and double checked for all the correct parts and materials. We went through every step to a tee and discovered two screws missing. We managed to end up with two extra different sized screws.
Didn't have any problems with paint coming off or rust. Once we tried it out, we got the hang of using this very quickly! This was an excellent buy!
I brought this item hoping that both the grill and smoker worked. Even though in the back of my mind I thought different. I'm truly happy to know I did right in buying it.Having a big family on a buget makes this a GREAT BUY for us!
It was very easy to put together, looks great. As far as grillin it is very good good but not as a smoker if you want that real smoke flavor. I smoked a beer can chicken for about four hours and could barely taste the smoke in the meat, the taste was good but smoke flavor I love was not there. I think its because all the smoke escapes the grill so easy, very little smoke comes out the smoke stack. Also i had to take out the upper rack to even fit the beer can chicken in the grill so the lid would shut. And when the upper rack is in you can not put anything on it that will drip grease or juice alot. If you do you end up with a mess behind your smoker/grill. When you raise the lid it puts the upper rack over the back of lid so when you shut it the grease just runs down the back of the grill to your deck making a real mess. If your wanting an offset cooker to slow cook food this item is great but if you want a SMOKER that puts great smoke flavor in your food then this is not the one for you.
i bought this smoker like 5 years ago and have turned out great food since. i have smoked everything from several boston butts to several slabs of ribs to a whole turkey and i will give you some advice on a turkey do not call the butterball hotline for they have no advice on the subject of smoking a turkey but anyway back to the smoker i agree that they should have put a different temp gauge on there but what i did was go to an outdoor store and found a replacement temp gauge drilled a hole just big enough for it and now i know what warm ideal and hot mean so i would suggest that if you dont want to go by the included temp gauge and i will be looking to buy another one here soon since the fire box after many years of great service has rusted and the vents do not close or open so im glad that i got it set the way i want it but i would recomend this to any backyard barbeque connoisseur
I read all the reviews before I purchased this smoker for my husband's birthday. We shopped around and always came back to this one. Luckily our local Walmart had one on display so we were able to examine it carefully. I agree with other reviewers that one key to getting the most out of this grill/smoker is to season the grill inside and out. We have used it three times since we put it together on May 9 to grill and smoke large and small amounts of food and it cooked perfectly each time. Everyone who has seen it wants one. We highly recommend it.
Bought this grill 11 yrs ago. Finally rusted out. So buying a new one today!! LOVE THIS GRILL!!
Bought this product thinking it would be a good smoker for the money. The thought and ideas behind are good but it does have flaws. Once you get the fire going and smoke rolling it leaks out smoke all over the place except the smoke vent pipe located on top of the cooking area. Smoke comes out all around the cooking area door and every where else it can. This item is pretty limited on controlling your heat and smoke flow since it egets air flow from all over. You cannot shut off the air to the fire even with the vent on the end of the firebox. When you close off the smoke outlet the smoke just pours out of everywhere else so you have no control of it. It does make a good grill, but a barell cut in half can do that just as well. Not reccomended!