The Meat Smokers Guide
It certainly isn’t easy to find the perfect meat smoker because there are so many possibilities from which to choose. It is our goal to make the selection and purchasing process as simple as possible by directing you to the best types and brands available. Meat smokers can be found in many sizes and a myriad of shapes. Understanding the differences is an important part of the process, and we are here to guide you. We will keep the shopping and buying from becoming a real “trial by fire!”
The principle categories of smokers available today are:
Things to Think About When Shopping for a Meat Smoker
The first step in choosing the right meat smoker is to consider how involved in the cooking process you want to be. Electric meat smokers and gas meat smokers allow you a bit more freedom. They are as close to “set it and forget it” as you can come when smoking foods. Some people prefer charcoal smokers but maintaining the proper cooking temperatures requires constant monitoring of the coals. Decide in advance how much effort you plan to put into the cooking process. That will ensure you get the right meat smoker for the job.
Forget What You Have Heard…..Size Does Matter (When It Comes To Cooking Space)!
It is extremely important to take into considering how you plan to use your new meat smoker. Some of the smaller units are just fine when cooking for a small family. Cooking for large parties or even a large family is another matter entirely. Give some thought about the available cooking surface before you make your purchase. If you select a meat smoker that is too small, you will be extending the time it takes to get the job done.
Mobility of Meat Smokers Can Be an Important Factor
In most instances, smokers are used on the back-yard patio or deck, and are left there when not in use. If you don’t plan to move your meat smoker around much then your available choices will be larger. However, if your needs require moving the smoker frequently, then the size and shape is an important consideration. A smaller unit, preferably on wheels, would be the more logical choice when mobility is a concern.
Sometimes Buying Cheap Meat Smokers Isn’t the Way to Go
I’m sure you have heard this a million times – you get what you pay for. When it comes to buying a quality meat smoker, that statement is right on target. Be sure you aren’t comparing apples to oranges in your selection process. When one meat smokers is less expensive than another, there is usually a very good reason for it. The design and quality of a meat smoker is extremely important. A high quality smoker easily justifies the price. Settle for the cheapest model and you just may find yourself having to buy another one in a short period of time. Another consideration is the reputation of the manufacturer. Always choose a company that stands behind what it sells, and product that has a good warranty. Even the good manufacturers can make mistakes sometimes.
Other Considerations for Selection of Meat Smokers
After you have decided which meat smoker you might want to purchase, take a look at how the smoker is fired. Some meat smokers use bisquettes to fire the smoker while others use the more common wood chips. The smokers that use wood chips allow for more flexibility due to the fact that the chips are available in most Home and Garden stores. The smokers that use bisquettes quite often (but not always) must be purchased from the manufacturer. This isn’t a major concern, but it does require a little planning ahead to ensure you always have the bisquettes on hand when you need them.