So you have decided to get a charcoal smoker for yourself? But do you know what you are looking for? Do you need a big smoker or a small smoker? How much is your budget? Is it for indoor cooking or outdoor cooking? Haven’t thought through these questions, have you?
Well, not to worry we will give you a list of things which you need to pay attention to while buying a charcoal smoker.
Needless to say, this is one of the crucial points while buying a smoker. You will find smokers of all prices. Decide what will be your budget for this and then look at the models which lie in this range. Don’t go for smokers which are fancier and out of your budget. Pellet Smokers are generally cheaper than the traditional smokers so that’s another option you might be interested in.
You don’t want a smoker which has unnecessary features which you will never use and costs a lot, so don’t waste your time on it. Define what do you need in a smoker and if you find any smoker with those features in your range, check them out. If they seem good to you, go ahead and buy it. Make sure you don’t buy any random smoker. Choose the ones which will add value to your money.
Remember at the end you have to pay for it, so choose wisely.
How big or small
As I have said before, your needs define what you should look for in a smoker. If you are buying a smoker for just family use, then most charcoal smokers have enough surface area to cook food for a whole family in one go. Don’t buy a huge smoker and spend unnecessary money if you aren’t going to use that much space to cook.
Now, if you are sure you will need that space to cook while hosting parties and celebrations, then make sure you check the size and get the one which would make it easier for you to cook for a large gathering. So make sure you check the sizes of the smokers and then decide according to your needs that which one is the best for you.
Resourceful or not
Do you want a smoker or a grill or both? Make sure you know what it is that you want. If it is just a smoker that you want, look through the models which are just smokers. These would cost you less too. But if you decide that you want both smoker and griller, then go for the models which give you just that.
There are a lot of such models who provide the best of both worlds, all you have to do is look carefully at their design. Such models will cost more because it takes a great design to make a smoker and a griller in one. Don’t go for cheap models as they won’t be good enough as both smoker and griller and end up in disappointing you.
Charcoal smokers prove a little harder to clean because of all the ashes and debris left behind. Not only that the meat gets stuck on the smoker and drips down and it generally makes a mess of cleaning. So make sure that when you are looking for a smoker, you check what the cleaning process is for this smoker. Is it easy or too complicated?
Some smokers have amazing cleaning capabilities which save you a lot of time and effort. So decide if you have time to clean the whole smoker yourself or would you like something easier.
Checking your food without losing heat
An important feature of your smoker would be to help you in deciphering whether you need to adjust the smoke or not by not opening the lid and letting the heat escape. Some smokers come with instant thermometers to check whether the temperature is adequate for your food or not and you don’t even need to remove the lip from it.
Choose such smokers which help you in keeping the perfect environment and not let you touch your food at all. You can add charcoal, wood, etc. without disturbing your food. So, check all these features before choosing a smoker for yourself.