Welcome to Smokey Boi BBQ where we’ve taken the guesswork out of picking the best smoker for you and your family. We’ve made your decision easier by testing and reviewing every major brand of smoker available on the market today.

Are you looking to amaze your family and friends with the best smoked brisket, ribs, turkey, pork shoulder and salmon they’ve ever tasted? Ready to put the local barbecue restaurant to shame? Then you need to try your hand at smoking. It’s fun and easy for both the professional and beginner. Smoking instructions are easy to follow and if the right smoker is used, there is very little to do, the smoker does it all for you.

Below you’ll find the top 3 smokers of 2011, enjoy.

TOP 3 BBQ Smokers:

Best
Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5-Inch Smoker
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BBQ Smokers Ease of Use:  starstarstarstarstar Editor Rating:   starstarstarstarstar
Price:  starstarstarstarstar Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Durability:  starstarstarstarstar

Editor Review

During our 2011 Round Up of the top smokers on the market, one smoker stood out compared to the rest. This smoker was the 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker made by Weber. No matter what we threw at this smoker, the food tasted incredible. Whether it was ribs. chicken, or brisket it came out perfect every time. And to make the deal even sweeter, it was simple to build and Read More...

Better
Masterbuilt 20070106 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker (Black)
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Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Ease of Use:  starstarstarstarstar Editor Rating:   starstarstarstarhalf star
Price:  starstarstarstarstar Customer Rating: starstarstarstarno star
Durability:  starstarstarstarstar

Editor Review

As our smoker testing continued, we always seemed to keep coming back to our #2 smoker of 2011, the Masterbuilt 30-inch Electric Smokehouse. It's a great beginner smoker with many satisfied customers but if your a seasoned professional with a background in smoking this Read More...

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Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker
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Weber Smoker 731001 Ease of Use:  starstarstarstarstar Editor Rating:   starstarstarstarno star
Price:  starstarstarno starno star Customer Rating: starstarstarstarhalf star
Durability:  starstarstarstarstar

Editor Review

Our #3 smoker is the big brother to the 721001, the 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker made by Weber. We loved the 721001 so much, we couldn't help ourselves with the 731001. It's quite simply a bigger version of our #1 pick. Some people might ask, well why wouldn't you just pick this smoker as #1 and the answer is quite Read More...





There are two primary types of BBQ smokers. The one is a BBQ pit smoker and the other is a vertical smoker. Within each of these main types of smokers there are numerous variations. For the purist, the BBQ pit smoker is the only true way of barbecue and it is the only type that you will find at any outdoor BBQ competition on the National BBQ Tour. The vertical smoker is also known as an electric smoker, charcoal smoker, or water smoker. Most people do not know the difference between smoking equipment and so you are likely to hear any of the above terms used interchangeably in casual conversations.

The vertical BBQ smoker is oftentimes easier to use than the BBQ pit smoker. This type of smoker is, as the name implies, in a vertical configuration. The heat is produced on the bottom using either charcoal, wood, or an electric element. Sometimes the electric element is used alone or other times it is used to heat and burn the charcoal or the wood. The heat then rises to a pan of water. In this water you can add spices, garlic, oils or any number of flavorings that you wish. The heat causes the water and other ingredients to smoke, and the smoke, which includes the flavorings, rises to heat and cook the food which is on a rotisserie, a grill, or some other type of cooking surface. The food is cooked by the heat of the smoke and the flavor is added by the infusion of the flavored smoke into the meat.

There are several popular brands of vertical BBQ smokers. The most popular is the Bradley Smoker. Many people like the Bradley smoker because it uses special heat discs instead of charcoal or water. This makes heat regulation more consistent and for easier after smoking cleaning. The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is also a very popular charcoal smoker. The popularity of this charcoal smoker is not just that it works well, but that it is made by Weber, a name synonymous with barbecue. The Big Green Egg is a lessor known brand but is gaining popularity as a vertical smoker because of its versatility, it can also be used for BBQ grilling, something other smokers are not made to do.

BBQ pit smokers are made a little different than the vertical water smokers. The smoke is heated in an area of the smoker called the firebox. The firebox heats the smoke using a variety of methods, the most popular of which are with wood or with special wood pellets. The smoke moves from the firebox, through a flue or flues, to another chamber called the BBQ pit. This BBQ pit is normally offset to the side of the firebox but it can also be on top in a vertical design. Once the smoke enters the BBQ pit it heats and cooks the meat which will be cooked as a rotisserie pit BBQ, on a BBQ grill, or on some other cooking surface, depending on how you have your smoker configured.

True BBQ Pit smokers are not built by international companies like Weber but by smaller custom manufacturers. The most popular ones not only build great BBQ pit smokers but they also are the main smokers you see at barbecue competitions. Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack is one of the most popular makers of BBQ competition pit smokers. They also make pit smokers for the home as well as commercial smokers. Pits by JJ is also a famous maker of BBQ pits on trailers as well as home BBQ pits and even their unique tailgate BBQ pits. Southern Yankee BBQ is also a well known maker of pit smokers, smokers on trailers, as well as concession trailers BBQ smokers.

Even though many of these manufacturers make large smokers attached to trailers does not mean that the BBQ pits need to be large or that the even be portable BBQ smokers. What it does mean is that BBQ pits are more for the purist. The person that wants to truly deliver the best possible flavor and does not mind putting in the effort to do so, including the study and adaptation of BBQ recipes specifically designed for BBQ pits. When it comes to true BBQ pit smokers, you want to do research in order to find a manufacturer that makes a specific model to suit your needs.

When buying a smoker you need to determine the specific way in which you plan to use your smoker. Do you plan to use it strictly for home use or are you planning to use it in a restaurant or other commercial application? You also need to ask yourself if you need portability. If you plan to bring your BBQ smoker to multiple locations or even family gatherings or festivals, you will need a portable BBQ smoker.

The capacity of the smoker is the next thing you need to consider when looking at any type of smoker. Unlike the quick results of BBQ grilling, BBQ smokers take time to cook everything “low and slow”. This means that the smoker needs to have enough capacity to cook all of the food you need at the same time. A grill you can cook a few items, pull them off, and cook more. But with a smoker you are looking at several hours to cook anything. This means that you need to think about the maximum number of people you plan on entertaining, and buy one that is large enough to cook for everyone at the same time. Now you know why there are so many racks in a smoker and why some smokers are so much larger than grills.

The one thing that most people forget when looking at smokers is the fact that once you are finished cooking, the smoker is going to need to be cleaned. This is where quality manufacturing is critical. Stainless steel grills and other parts are very important because of their durability and ease of cleaning. Check with the manufacturer but most smokers will need to have the metal “seasoned” periodically. This is a simple process but it is mentioned so that you take the time to compare cleaning, care, and maintenance between different smokers.

It is difficult to go wrong when it comes to BBQ smokers. As with any purchase, stay within products and manufacturers that have established and verifiable reputations. Checking with other smoking enthusiasts is also a great way to determine hidden strengths and weaknesses between choices. After that, it is a matter of deciding which of the BBQ recipes to try first, you never know, you may just get caught up in the BBQ smoker culture and have a BBQ competition in your future.