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Smokers are all the rage in the cooking world right now. The rich, textured, and layered flavor of good smoked meat was difficult to find outside of your favorite BBQ joint. Still, consumer-ready smokers are now more readily available and more economical than they’ve been before, bringing the smokehouse to your house.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the world of smokers, we’ve rounded up eight of the best on the market right now to try for yourself. The only thing holding you back from excellent quality BBQ is figuring out which option works best for your setup and the time it takes for you to smoke your favorite cut. Check out our top picks below.
1. Traeger Pro Series 575 Pellet Smoker
Created by Joe Traeger in the late 80s, the Traeger Pellet Smoker remains the absolute king when it comes to ease of use, overall quality, and the resulting taste. The electric, simple-to-operate functionality of the Pro Series 575 pellet smoker makes it pretty much hassle-free; load up the unit with your favorite blend of Traeger pellets, set the temperature, and let the smoker do the rest. This version includes WiFIRE technology which allows you to control the smoker from your mobile phone while offering 575 square inches of cooking and smoking power. If you’re looking for the unequivocal best smoker, this is it.
2. Big Green Egg Large Smoker
The other name to beat in the world of smokers is the Big Green Egg, which we have as an extremely close second in our line-up. Versatile and simple to use, the Egg is charcoal-based instead of pellet-based, leveraging its ceramic construction to retain heat and moisture in a way that results in fantastic-tasting food. That hearty ceramic drives up the price a bit, but this ability to grill, smoke, or even make a pizza (!) will make it well worth it. This version comes with a roller which makes it easy to move around, and a bag of charcoal to get you started.
3. Realcook Steel Charcoal Smoker
BEST FOR NEWCOMERS
The thing with smokers is that they can get expensive, which means there’s quite an upfront investment. However, this version from Realcook clocks in around $110, making that barrier to entry a little more accessible. The easy-to-remove sections allow you to customize the unit as you see fit, becoming a fire pit, grill, or smoker just by interchanging the various elements. Charcoal-based, it will provide a rich and smokey taste and texture to all of your food.
4. Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
If you want the lightning-fast power of an electric smoker but don’t want to pay a lot to get it, the Masterbuilt Electric smoker provides a tremendous amount of value in a robust package. With plenty of great features, including a built-in temperature gauge for easy control, an easy-to-clean tray, and three smoking racks, this smoker gives you pretty much everything you need for a fraction of the cost of other smokers.
5. Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker
If you’re looking for a good charcoal smoker but don’t want to splurge for a Big Green Egg, this option from Weber is also worth considering. Weber is one of the most trusted names in grills, and the same can be said for their smokers as well. The porcelain-enameled bowl and lid help to trap and retain heat so you can be sure your favorite food is getting the best flavor possible, while the 286 square inches of smoking space should be plenty for most food items.
6. Dyna-Glo Compact Charcoal Bullet Smoker
The price of a smoker can start to tick upwards if you want a bunch of fancy features, but if you’re willing to keep things simple, that price doesn’t have to be absurd. Case in point is this Dyna-Glo option, which comes in under $100. Charcoal-based, you’ll have to keep a close on it since it doesn’t have any fancy features like WiFi connectivity, but you’re willing to compromise on fancy bells and whistles, you’ll get a smoker that more than does the job.
7. Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker
If you happen to stop by your favorite BBQ joint, you’ll likely notice one of these offset-style smokers outside or out back, as they’ve long been the traditional favorite for smoking food. This version from Oklahoma Joe’s boasts a massive 1,060 square inch surface area, which provides plenty of room for smoking pretty much anything you can think of, while the reverse-flow setup allows an optimal amount of smoke to enter and exit the chamber to provide that rich flavor.
8. Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker
Want to bring the great tasting flavor of your favorite smoked food to a campsite, tailgate, or even to a friend’s house? This portable smoker from Green Mountain Grills is easy enough to move from one location to another to ensure that great taste is around wherever you want it be. The 219 square inches of cooking space gives you just enough room for the essentials, and the pellet system ensures a safe, easy-to-use operation.