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150 reviews | 3.9 out of 5
Great Smoker and a great price, this thing is plenty big for a first time smoker, I read reviews on people complaining about the door to add coals and wood is too small, its seems to work fine for me, you only add coals once every hour and a half if that, I added a few heavy hand full’s of coal twice in 5 hours of smoking, get some Kingsford chips a small bag is 2.99, soak them in water/ dry and throw them on it will smoke for about 20 min or so each time 2 hand full’s, if I knew smoking was this easy I would have been doing it a long time ago, 39 bucks at my Wal-Mart, get a chimney starter it saves tons of time and food taste better with no lighter fluid.
I maded the decision to purchase the Brinkmann smoke n grill over the weber because of the price. Also, the Brinkmann has been rated as one of the best smokers. Set up was easy...just follow the instructions and be sure to cure your new smoker. My only advise is to load up the charcoal pan full of charcoals. Then, add a few hot charcoals from a charcoal chimmey. You get a much longer burn. Do not use lighter fluid...it will only shorten the burn time and you'll have to add more coals. Also, purchase a meat thermometer. You don't not want to open the lid and lose hit during the smoking process. Besides the tips, I smoked my first chicken thighs and they turned out great! Next step is pork shoulder. Enjoy and good luck!
This was my second purchase of this item. The first was 15 years ago! That is how durable this smoker is. It works great and is easy to use. We smoke chicken, ham, turkey, fish. It saves money, you can smoke your own meats and create gifts baskets for friends and family on holidays. I would recommend this to anyone who likes smoked meats or who wants to try their hand at smoking meats. At this price you can't lose!
I really like this smoker. I have had it for about 2 years and use it often. I have found some ways to improve the design however which are pretty simple. The first one I found searching the internet and that was to mount the support legs on the outside of the smoker rather than the inside. If you do this you need to purchase 2 or 3 patio bricks to support the charcoal pan, these bricks are cheap. Use the bricks to support the charcoal pan then when you need to add charcoal just lift the entire smoker off of the bricks/ charcoal pan, add charcoal, and replace smoker over coals. You can also put a small grill rack in bottom of charcoal pan to improve airflow under coals. I like to control the airflow so I usually seal around lid with rolled up aluminum foil. I drilled 3 holes in the lid and installed a round damper so I can control the upper airflow and temperature easier. To make clean up easier I usually buy a $1 aluminum pan to place the meat in on the smoker racks. All of this may sound like a lot of trouble for a smoker you purchase but the additions really don't cost much and can help the performance of the smoker.
This smoker was a great price, easy to put together, and looks more valuable than what I paid for it. We have used it once so far, and the meat turned out great! Only thing I would change on newer models is an easier way to add more coals to the bottom. Right now we have to take all the trays out to add more. The access door on the side isn't quit low enough for this.
I never used a smoker before. I am a Diners, Drive In's and Dives addict and most of what they do is barbecue/smoking meat and I wanted to give it a shot. My father in law and I always talk Triple D so I thought on a whim that for Fathers Day my wife and I would buy him one.
I bought non lighter fluid infused charcoal, lighter fluid, Jack Daniels infused wood chips and for my first time smoking, I kept it simple. I only had about 6 hrs so I chose chicken leg/thigh and some country style ribs. I did a shake and bake style rub with some seasoned salt and some chicken rub and fired up the smoker. Just used water in the pan, no added marinades. Temp never got above halfway through "ideal" but also never got below "ideal" either. Six hours later we dug in and was ecstatic how good it turned out. It was absolutely an experiment and would do lots different but re the review summary, "good product, better price".
In fact, I am on line now buying my own!!
First, regarding the top, it is not meant to fit snub. Read that a different brochure. Also you have to let coals burn before putting on meat and putting on the top. Otherwise, coals will die out. I have used multiple times already and there is a learning curve. Botton line, I love it. Ohhhh, try some turkey legs seasoned and wrapped in foil. Good eating.
I just tried out this smoker and LOVE IT!
The meat was perfect. Everybody loved the results.
This grill is the ultimate cooking device. This single device allows you to cook a variety of different foods in a variety of different styles. I have been using a charcoal smoker for over 20 years and would never have anything else. I love it.
If you are a novice such as i am this is a great lil smoker. It helped me win our family cook off with a nice smoked brisket. Plus the price is just right.
This isn't a bad smoker but it isn't really usable right out of the box. This was my first smoker and I had a very hard time getting the temperature up over 200 which is about the minimum to smoke safely. I moved the legs the outside and added legs to the charcoal pan so it stands independently. This allows me to life the smoker off the charcoal. The little door on the side really isn't practical for adding lump charcoal. I drilled some holes in the charcoal pan to allow better air flow and this helped get the temperature up a lot. The temperature gauge that ships is useless as it doesn't have the actual temperature. I simply drilled a new hole and installed a new one.
Once I had done these things it worked like a champ. I have used it for more than 2 years now and it has made some amazing meals.
This grill is an outstanding grill for my needs. Smoke a turkey and ribs at the same time and yet the flavor of the meat was tasty and juicy. Highly recommended for someone who enjoys real smoke flavored BBQ.
This is actually my 3rd smoker. I lost the others during Hurricane Katrina. My family was thrilled to see this old friend. Will be used at least three times a month from now.
I love this smokers i made some jerky and it came out excellent. The only thing i didnt care for is putting it together, it was kind of difficult because of its huge round shape. Other than that it grills and smoke great.
Works great... Even though I used half the suggested amount of charcoal, the flavor was good; just took longer to smoke because it wouldn't maintain the ideal temperature. More charcoal yields higher heat so don't skimp on the charcoal. I have no complaints, but be patient with assembly.
I ordered ths online because it was not available in the store. The shipping was cheaper than me using the gas in my car to drive to Walmart! It arrived in three days. It works great, to grill, sear and smoke. Easy to maintain temperature and keep the water pan from drying out with the door on the side. Lots of room for smoking but limited on grill size.
My wife bought this for me for my birthday. We used it the first time to smoke a small turkey. It worked just as expected. It was my first attempt at smoking any kind of meat. It turned out deliciously.
Since then, I have used it twice as a grill, to cook steaks and salmon. That worked fine, too. So I got a smoker and grill for the price of a grill!
We had one for 15 years never used it, gave to some friends and they used it so everything was so good I had to buy another one to KEEP. It is perfect for any size gathering. Clean up is very simple, you can grill or smoke just make sure to read all the instructions because you will have to cure it so it won't rust but that is no big deal. Seems like Walmart is the only place you can purchase them because Brinkmann discontinued but can still purchase parts when needed.
BEST I CAN SAY IS LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
This the second Brinkmann charcoal smoker for us. Can't beat it for the money, (and shipping was cheap) even the stainless models have the same cooking grates as this one. I put a screw through each leg and it sits on top of the gas turkey fryer burner perfect, this works great if it is windy or you need additional heat. Or you can wrap the bottom area with some thin metal if the wind gets too bad. I added a thermometer from an old grill that actually reads temperature in degrees instead of "cool, ideal, hot". The charcoal door could be bigger, but for the price it's an excellent product.
I really liked smoked meats and have wanted to try smoking myself. Several people I know have very expensive smokers, but I was not willing to spend a lot since I had no experience at smoking. I purchased the Brinkmann Smoke'N Grill Charcoal Smoker and figured for the price I could just use it for a charoal grill if the smoker part did not work out. On my first attempt, after curing the smoker as directions stated, I tried smoking a pork loin and the Brinkmann Smoke'N Grill Charcoal Smoker made me look like I had been smoking for years. I would recommend this product to anyone who can read the directions and follow instructions.