Food smoking is an art that requires the right combination of equipment and skill to produce the perfect smoke piece of meat. Nothing beats the sweet aroma of pork or beef on the barbeque. There is just something that is so tasty and delicious about smoked meat. However, getting that right aroma and taste partly depends on using the best smoker grill. I have used a number of smokers, from the Masterbuilt 30-inch Electric Smokehouse, to the Weber 731001 Mountain cooker, and I can say for myself that using the right smoker can do wonders for your food.
How to Choose the Best Smoker Grill
There are several factors you need to look at when shopping for food smokers. Price, versatility, the name of the brand, the size, and the design are some of the important factors you need to look into. Price is definitely a top priority since there are smokers that cost about $10,000, and are better suited for those who smoke food on a regular basis. If you only do food smoking once or twice a month or during summers you can probably deal with a less expensive smoker that costs around $100.
The design is also another factor and can determine the cost of the equipment as well. There are large grills which are
Versatility is another important factor. There are smokers designed to function not just as smokers but also a BBQ grill and a water smoker. Buying one with a design like this will allow you to get multiple uses from one piece of equipment.perfect for those who smoke food frequently. Large grills are also better suited for indirect cooking which is much healthier since it does not result to burnt meat.
Convenience is another factor as well. There are electric digital smoker grills that are perfect for indoor food smoking indoors. These come with digital controls, remote control that controls the temperature, as well as remote monitoring. You can view the interior through the viewing window. Although this is more expensive compared to your usual smokers this is perfect if you need to door indoor smoking at home.
Fuel can help determine the taste of what you are cooking so it is an important factor when choosing the best smoker grill for you. For example, a smoker that uses charcoal and wood gives a more authentic flavor to your meat. Charcoal is a popular fuel option since it is traditional and often cheap. However, you can also find more expensive, higher-end smokers. Electric smokers such as the Meco Electric grill are perhaps the most convenient, but some users complain that they do not give as much flavor and personality to the meat as traditional smokers do. Pellet smokers use wood pellets and are the best fusion between electric and charcoal, since they are convenient and provide that woody aroma to the food at the same time.
Size is another important factor. If you are expecting to cook for large groups of people, larger smokers are suitable. However, the smallest smokers can already accommodate a lot. For example, the smallest smoker can cook food for up to 20 people.
Name is also important since most generic store brands that sell smokers offer no customer support and poor warranties. If you are not familiar with the popular brand of smokers do some research to see which of these users like. You can usually tell how good a smoker is by reading testimonials from users.
There are various factors you need to identify when shopping for smoker grill. Although there are popular names in smokers such as the Masterbuilt 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse or the Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain, the specifications in each may not suit your personal needs. Look at the size, the type of fuel it uses, the price, as well as the design to carefully select the best smoker grill that has the features you need.