The Complete Smoker BBQ Checklist: What to Look for When Buying a Smoker

This image shows different kinds of meat being cooked on Flaming Coals Offset Smoker


So you're in the market for a meat smoker? That's great! Smokers are a great way to cook meat and add a smoky flavour. But with so many smokers on the market, Kettle Smokers, Offset Smoker BBQ, Gravity Fed Smokers, Pellets Smokers Ceramic BBQS just to name a few, how do you know which one is right for you? In this article, we will outline the features to look for when buying a smoker, as well as give you a smoker BBQ checklist of what to bring with you when making your purchase. Let's get started!


This image shows chicken wings being cooked on Slow N Sear Kettle BBQ


When it comes to smoker BBQs, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. First, consider the size of the smoker you need. If you're cooking for a large crowd, you'll need a larger smoker. But if you're only cooking for yourself or a small group, a smaller smoker will suffice.


This image shows Extra Large Gravity Feed Smoker



Second, think about the type of fuel you want to use. Wood smokers add an extra layer of flavour to your meat, but they can be more difficult to control than pellet,  gas or electric smokers.


Third, how much free time do I have? Some smokers require constant attention to help maintain a stable cooking temperature.


This image shows Ceramic Smoker


Fourth, decide how much money you're willing to spend on your smoker. Smokers can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, so it's important to set a budget before beginning your search.


Now that you know what to look for in a smoker, it's time to start shopping! Here is a smoker BBQ checklist of things to keep in mind as you shop:

  • Size
  • Fuel type
  • How much free time do I have
  • Price range
  • Features (such as digital temperature control or automatic shutoff)
  • Warranty and return policy


With this smoker BBQ checklist in hand, you're ready to start shopping for your new smoker. Happy grilling!

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by: Michael Wilkie