If barbequing is something you love to do, have you considered buying an outdoor smoker? Smoking is a great way to cook meals, and is arguably the best way to cook meat. If you want a tender piece that is full of flavor, outdoor smokers can make this happen. They can be a great addition to your grilling arsenal, and there are a number of different models available. Here is what you should know about buying the best outdoor smokers.


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Choosing Outdoor Smokers

Fuel type
Not all outdoor smokers are made the same. There are three different options available (electric, gas, or charcoal), and each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Electric models can be turned on and ready to smoke in no time. They are also much easier to clean up and maintain, as you won’t need to hassle with ash buildup. However, you won’t be able to experience the true taste of smoked meat as you would with a gas or charcoal version. Gas models are clean as well and much easier to use than charcoal. Many people worry about how good the food will taste when smoking food powered by gas heat, but it can actually taste very authentic. If you want a portable smoker, gas trumps electric in this respect. Charcoal smokers can be messier, but will often produce the best results. After all, getting dirty is what good barbequing is all about.

Do you want the process to be automated?
Another factor to consider is whether you want the smoking process to be automated. Electric models can be set to and left alone, but gas and charcoal types will require more attention. This will be up to you, but just make sure to keep an eye on the heat if you don’t go with electric. You could end up overcooking the food.

Is size a concern?
If size is a concern, you should know that electric smokers tend to be smaller while charcoal models are typically the largest of the three. If you are working with limited space, this is one thing to keep in mind.

Buy one that has a durable build
Whatever smoker you decide to buy, it is very important that the unit you get is made with durable materials. This includes the sides and top. Smoking food properly means there should be no air leaks or heat loss. Good outdoor smokers will be sealed up well.


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