Producing the perfectly smoked piece of meat is a cooking art form because it requires a person have the right smoker grill as well as skill. Nothing can compare to the great smells of a piece of beef or pork out on the grill. With the right smokers grills one should be able to get the right combination of smell and taste. I have experience in using a Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse as well as a Mountain Smoker by Weber and I can say without a doubt that the smoker can make or break the meat.
Choosing Between Smokers and Grills
When looking for a smoker, there are several things to consider. Price, of course, is a big consideration. If you smoke food regularly, it might not be outrageous to pay the asking price of $10,000 that some smokers cost. However, if you will only be smoking occasionally, you will probably be happier with one of the models that are considerably less expensive; usually around $100.
The product design is something that can also affect the price of the food smoker. If you will be smoking food on a regular basis, purchasing one of the large grills might make a lot of sense. These grills are also set up to cook more indirectly which can help keep the meat from burning, thus making it a healthier product.
One thing to consider when purchasing a food smoker is the type of fuel that it uses. This is important because the fuel does affect the taste of the meat that is being cooked. For meat with a more authentic taste, use a smoker that is fueled by charcoal and wood. Charcoal is very traditional and inexpensive to use.
Using an electric smoker is often a more expensive option, although they are probably the most convenient to use. One of the downsides though is that users say that the flavor and personality that traditional smokers add to the meat is absent when using an electric smoker.
Using a pellet smoker will require using wood pellets as fuel. This version is the best of both worlds; electric and charcoal, because it offers convenience as well as the character and flavor.
The size of the smoker is also an important consideration when making your purchase. It is important to note that even a small smoker can cook a fair amount of meat, feeding up to 20 people. However, if you are going to be cooking for larger groups, there are larger smokers available.
As with many products, the name brand affects both price and customer support. It can be expected that a lesser known brand may cost less; you will likely get very little when it comes to customer support and warranties. Researching to find out what other people like will help you in making the right purchase decision.
As you can see, there are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right food smoker for your needs. Examining the size, the design and what type of fuel the smoker uses will allow you to ensure that you choose a smoker that is right for you.